For the crew of the Starship Enterprise, the “Tricorder” was an essential tool, a multifunctional hand-held device used to sense, compute, and record data in a threatening and unpredictable universe. It was a cornerstone of Star Trek tech. It simplified a number of Starfleet tasks by beaming sensors at objects to obtain instant results on the objects makeup and composition.
However, that technology is, today, almost a reality.
Here, Neil deGrasse Tyson sits down with George Takei to talk about the amazing advancements in technology. Takei is most famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original television series Star Trek. Here, the two explore how Star Trek shaped the future of technology and what it is like for Takei to use (in real life) the make believe tech. that Sulu used on Star Trek.
You can also see Tyson talk about the interview below, and see the full video here.