A link on MSN.com today read, “‘Star Trek’ tech isn’t light years away.” It goes to this slideshow of technological gadgets that might not be as futuristic and fantastical as we think when we see them in TV shows and movies. The introduction to the slideshow says the “gadgetry of Star Trek should appear light years ahead of today’s technology.”
When did people get so dumb? Hey, scientifically illiterate science writers and MSN homepage authors: How do you know Star Trek technology isn’t “light years away”? Maybe that technology does exist in some alien society in a far-away solar system. Are you sure that the technology doesn’t exist at some location that far away? How do you know this? If not, why do you insist that it isn’t light years away?