Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Slate)   "Captain Kirk never pulled out a keyboard to ask a question. And that's what we're aiming for at Google: making Star Trek computers a reality." As long as it's not the M-5   (slate.com) divider line 111
    More: Cool, Captain Kirk, Star Trek, Google, Risky Business, search teams, Italian restaurant, south by southwest, Android Phone  
•       •       •

3910 clicks; posted to Geek » on 12 Apr 2013 at 9:49 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



111 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-04-12 07:14:56 PM  
Will the computer call you "Dear"?
 
2013-04-12 07:20:22 PM  
<img src="http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2011/ 11/18/ 1321643828617/Scotty-gets-to-work-in-St-007.jpg">

Also, remember immediately after that, how insanely fast he was supposed to be able to type?  Obviously they have extensive training on qwerty.
 
2013-04-12 07:24:26 PM  
I love technology

Quantum computing here we come
 
2013-04-12 07:36:20 PM  
"The keyboard. How quaint".

4.bp.blogspot.com

/how did Scotty know how to type?
 
2013-04-12 07:38:55 PM  
But does it know how to reverse entropy?
 
2013-04-12 08:00:06 PM  
Sounds like they want to take computing to the Nth degree

i6.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-12 08:05:43 PM  
www.treknicalities.com

"Siri, is it raining outside, and can we get some tomato soup delivered?"
 
2013-04-12 08:46:42 PM  
ST: TNG has pretty much a polished voice version of Wolfram Alpha for it's computers.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/
 
2013-04-12 09:15:54 PM  
Screw the M-5. I don't them to be Nomad!
 
2013-04-12 09:22:24 PM  
I suspect Google is really going for a HAL 9000
 
2013-04-12 09:42:18 PM  
My memory of the TOS computer, and even the TNG ship computer, was that it was pretty basic. Yes/No answers are a very specific command or action and that was about it. Hardly a fantastic goal to emulate.
 
2013-04-12 09:54:11 PM  
WARNING: do not wear a red shirt when attempting this.
 
2013-04-12 09:57:34 PM  
Is Google trying for voice recognition? Maybe it should try to make my dad's voicemails not ever be transcribed as "dad's death" unless someone actually says that.
 
2013-04-12 09:59:43 PM  

Flint Ironstag: My memory of the TOS computer, and even the TNG ship computer, was that it was pretty basic. Yes/No answers are a very specific command or action and that was about it. Hardly a fantastic goal to emulate.


The TNG computer was an incredible piece of technology.  I never remember it ever giving just yes/no answers.  It asked for parameters, gave you encyclopedic descriptions, built scenarios, ran projections and models, and problem solved complicated formulas and theoretical questions with relative ease.  It was definitely Google taken several levels up.
 
2013-04-12 10:00:09 PM  
do I have to say out loud "Computer, find me some Asian, transvestite, midget porn" or will it read lips?
 
2013-04-12 10:02:28 PM  
I'm sorry Dave. i can't let you do that.
 
2013-04-12 10:04:55 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-12 10:08:46 PM  

Khellendros: Flint Ironstag: My memory of the TOS computer, and even the TNG ship computer, was that it was pretty basic. Yes/No answers are a very specific command or action and that was about it. Hardly a fantastic goal to emulate.

The TNG computer was an incredible piece of technology.  I never remember it ever giving just yes/no answers.  It asked for parameters, gave you encyclopedic descriptions, built scenarios, ran projections and models, and problem solved complicated formulas and theoretical questions with relative ease.  It was definitely Google taken several levels up.


I only remember it answering direct questions like "Where is crewman Smith?" or obeying commands like "Start auto destruct".I'm not a huge fan but I've watched a  fair number of episodes.
 
2013-04-12 10:27:33 PM  
I love how Google constantly brags about all the awesome tech achievements they're going to make when they still can't fix the audio latency issues with the Android OS.
 
2013-04-12 10:32:39 PM  
So they're going back to memory tapes that only hold enough data to be useful for 30 seconds at a time?
 
2013-04-12 10:35:00 PM  
I dunno, they had data consoles too.

Picard had an ipad or a kindle and a touchscreen desktop computer, lol.
 
2013-04-12 10:43:04 PM  

neongoats: I dunno, they had data consoles too.

Picard had an ipad or a kindle and a touchscreen desktop computer, lol.


Personal Acess Data Display.

PADD.

I wonder where Apple got the name from...
 
2013-04-12 10:43:27 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
No, there is no replacement Beryllium Sphere on board.
 
2013-04-12 10:47:02 PM  

ekdikeo4: <img src="http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/About/General/2011/ 11/18/ 1321643828617/Scotty-gets-to-work-in-St-007.jpg">

Also, remember immediately after that, how insanely fast he was supposed to be able to type?  Obviously they have extensive training on qwerty.


In the future there is only Colemak.
 
2013-04-12 10:47:10 PM  
TOS: PADD
files.artlung.com.s3.amazonaws.com

More recent trek PADDs

media.tumblr.com

images3.wikia.nocookie.net

1.bp.blogspot.com

/they probably only put controls on them because nobody would believe a  touchscreen that covered the entire front of the device
//Rounded corners!
 
2013-04-12 10:49:41 PM  

Mugato: "The keyboard. How quaint".

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

/how did Scotty know how to type?


He can handle toggling all sorts of unmarked switches, I'm sure he could handle a keyboard.
 
2013-04-12 10:56:09 PM  
I remember seeing a documentary about computers. The reason why we have MP3s is because of a rerun of Star Trek: TNG, the episode 'A Matter of Time'.  There was a scene where Data was listening to four songs at once and he vocally told the computer to turn off each song.  One of the guys on the documentary asked "Why can't our computers do that?"  And that lead to the MP3.

It's interesting to look at the first season of TNG and see props like the computer on Picard's desk in his ready room and how it looks just like a modern day laptop, save the keyboard.  It was very clear in the movie "Star Trek: Nemesis" that Picard's computer monitor was less a prop and more of a real computer monitor.  The cooling vents on the back was the give away.

My only concern with a voice activated computer is accents, pronunciations and multiple words that sound the same but have different meanings.  Not to mention things like on 'Star Trek' they would often call out for the computer by saying 'Computer..."  So how would I not trigger my computer each time I said the word 'computer'.  There was an episode of 'Enterprise' where Archer was dictating a prologue in a book about his father.  At one point he pauses the recording with the words "Computer: pause."  What if he was writing a story and dictated the phrase "he stood in his quarters, looking in the mirror when there was a knock at the door.  He said 'Computer: pause'."  Would that stop the dictation???
 
2013-04-12 10:59:52 PM  
Google is going to build the first really significant AI, aren't they?
 
2013-04-12 11:00:28 PM  
I wouldn't mind a decent AI and an advanced voice/motion command UI myself.

www.robotspacebrain.com

/the Kinect might be an infant, but it has some good possibilities for something like that
 
2013-04-12 11:02:06 PM  

DoctorCal: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x286]
No, there is no replacement Beryllium Sphere on board.


www.wearysloth.com
You know, that is really getting annoying!
 
2013-04-12 11:04:20 PM  
Picture this:  Googling whatever you're going to google tonight by asking for it ...out loud.

/"Google, I want tranny porn! And this time make sure there's no animals or germans in it."
/Yea, not happening. Keyboards forever.
 
2013-04-12 11:05:00 PM  

DoctorCal: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x286]
No, there is no replacement Beryllium Sphere on board.


Totally underrated movie, loved it!
 
2013-04-12 11:08:12 PM  
The goodies Google uses for the Nexus 4 really points this direction. The voice transcription is good enough that I rarely type (though speaking clearly is still pretty important), and Google Now is a little eerily precognitive. You can sort of tell it's in its infancy and will either expand to something incredibly useful or something else completely farking scary.
 
2013-04-12 11:09:09 PM  

Khellendros: Flint Ironstag: My memory of the TOS computer, and even the TNG ship computer, was that it was pretty basic. Yes/No answers are a very specific command or action and that was about it. Hardly a fantastic goal to emulate.

The TNG computer was an incredible piece of technology.  I never remember it ever giving just yes/no answers.  It asked for parameters, gave you encyclopedic descriptions, built scenarios, ran projections and models, and problem solved complicated formulas and theoretical questions with relative ease.  It was definitely Google taken several levels up.


The Galaxy-class starship computers on TNG were such spectacular pieces of science fiction it nearly boggles the mind. Billions of processing cores tied communicating at faster-than-light speeds inside a subspace core. Whatever that is. I mean, besides AWESOME.
 
2013-04-12 11:14:26 PM  
Yeah, but who will voice it?  I thought Majel Roddenberry was dead.
 
2013-04-12 11:18:55 PM  

Bludyard: Yeah, but who will voice it?  I thought Majel Roddenberry was dead.


I would pay good money for a GLaDOS voice
 
2013-04-12 11:35:25 PM  

Great Janitor: Bludyard: Yeah, but who will voice it?  I thought Majel Roddenberry was dead.

I would pay good money for a GLaDOS voice


Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.
 
2013-04-12 11:44:11 PM  
Here's my first step in getting a Trek computer in my house - meet the Ubi: http://theubi.com/
 
2013-04-12 11:45:48 PM  

Mentalpatient87: Great Janitor: Bludyard: Yeah, but who will voice it?  I thought Majel Roddenberry was dead.

I would pay good money for a GLaDOS voice

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.


Oh god yes.
 
2013-04-12 11:55:00 PM  
Yeah, but the Star Trek computers blew up constantly, killing the users.  I'd rather have a keyboard.
 
2013-04-12 11:55:45 PM  

Great Janitor: What if he was writing a story and dictated the phrase "he stood in his quarters, looking in the mirror when there was a knock at the door.  He said 'Computer: pause'."  Would that stop the dictation???


Can God make a stone to heavy to lift?
 
2013-04-13 12:13:28 AM  

Without Fail: Great Janitor: What if he was writing a story and dictated the phrase "he stood in his quarters, looking in the mirror when there was a knock at the door.  He said 'Computer: pause'."  Would that stop the dictation???

Can God make a stone to heavy to lift?


And what does He need with a starship?
 
2013-04-13 12:16:47 AM  
Gorden Bennet, yes Chen, everybody, everybody's dead Dave.
Rimmer's dead Dave, everybody's dead, everybody is dead Dave.
Shouldn't have let him out in the first place.

Right, who said that?
I'm waiting, I can wait all day if necessary.
I can see this relationship is something we're all going to have to work at
 
2013-04-13 12:22:06 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Sounds like they want to take computing to the Nth degree

[i6.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Not that degree, hopefully. Then you'd wind up with an outbreak of Barclay's-A-Stupid-F*ckup Disease and everyone would devolve into apes.
 
2013-04-13 12:24:23 AM  

Mugato: "The keyboard. How quaint".

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

/how did Scotty know how to type?


Why does Spock know Morse code? At least Scotty's a farking engineer.
 
2013-04-13 12:27:48 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: Sounds like they want to take computing to the Nth degree

[i6.photobucket.com image 640x480]


Almost forgot to make the obligatory MST3K reference.

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

"I AM INTERFACED!!!"
 
2013-04-13 12:41:29 AM  

erveek: Mugato: "The keyboard. How quaint".

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

/how did Scotty know how to type?

Why does Spock know Morse code? At least Scotty's a farking engineer.


I'm actually amazed they all knew morse code.  And, as far as jailbreaks go, that was one of the worse planned out ones.  Scotty taps in morse code "stand back", but they aren't near the wall, it blows leaving an obvious clue for how they got out and where they escaped to.  You'd think the engineer would know how to cut the power to that one room, get them out and turn the power back on with no difficulty.  Hell, if they could get McCoy out of Starfleet jail in Star Trek: 3, then Scotty getting Kirk and company out of the Enterprise's brig shouldn't have required explosives!!!
 
2013-04-13 12:42:33 AM  

Spaced Lion: FirstNationalBastard: Sounds like they want to take computing to the Nth degree

[i6.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Not that degree, hopefully. Then you'd wind up with an outbreak of Barclay's-A-Stupid-F*ckup Disease and everyone would devolve into apes.


Cmon now, he did bring Voyager home.
 
2013-04-13 12:44:52 AM  

Great Janitor: erveek: Mugato: "The keyboard. How quaint".

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 320x240]

/how did Scotty know how to type?

Why does Spock know Morse code? At least Scotty's a farking engineer.

I'm actually amazed they all knew morse code.  And, as far as jailbreaks go, that was one of the worse planned out ones.  Scotty taps in morse code "stand back", but they aren't near the wall, it blows leaving an obvious clue for how they got out and where they escaped to.  You'd think the engineer would know how to cut the power to that one room, get them out and turn the power back on with no difficulty.  Hell, if they could get McCoy out of Starfleet jail in Star Trek: 3, then Scotty getting Kirk and company out of the Enterprise's brig shouldn't have required explosives!!!


You don't think morse code would be a useful talent for officers? Doesn't the navy teach it to every single sailor?

I would think knowing morse code by heart would be considered almost crucial for space faring "sailors".
 
2013-04-13 12:46:24 AM  
The problem happens when the computer gets an attitude.

"Coffee, black."
4.bp.blogspot.com
"Make it yourself!"
 
Displayed 50 of 111 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report