March 4, 2015

Originally published by CNN.com

"Anthony Rotolo is a professor at the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University where he teaches courses on digital media culture, science fiction and fandom. The views expressed are his own."

(CNN) With the passing of...

June 9, 2014

Originally published by StarTrek.com

Star Trek has a remarkable record of predicting or inspiring future technologies. From mobile phones and tablets to Tricorders and even the Replicator, nearly all of the devices imagined by Star Trek have emerged in some real form, n...

January 21, 2014

Originally published on StarTrek.com

One of the best things about teaching Trek Class is hearing from students about how Star Trek has influenced or inspired them. Many times these are stories of technology and exploration, but often Star Trekfans are equally inspired b...

March 24, 2013

Originally published on StarTrek.com

Star Trek’s replicator is an amazing technology concept that has fascinated us for decades. Working at the molecular level to synthesize materials, the replicator is able to instantly produce nearly any object, food or medicine on de...

February 20, 2012

Originally published on StarTrek.com

“Trek Class” is a course at Syracuse University that examines episodes of Star Trek series to discuss concepts of technology, society and leadership. This series of posts seeks to share some of the concepts discussed in Trek Class wi...

October 25, 2011

Originally published on StarTrek.com

“Trek Class” is a course at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies more formally titled “Star Trekand the Information Age.” The course examines episodes of Star Trek series as a method of introducing concepts related to...

August 9, 2011

Originally published on StarTrek.com

In the ST:TNG episode “The Inner Light,” the USS Enterprise-D encounters an unusual space probe which emits an energy beam at Captain Picard, causing him to lose consciousness on the bridge. As his crew struggles to revive him, Picar...

July 12, 2011

Originally published on StarTrek.com

For many, life in the 21st century is defined in part by constant connectivity. Mobile devices and social media such as Twitter and Facebook contribute to an “always on” lifestyle of real-time information sharing. This has had a trem...

June 10, 2011

Originally published on StarTrek.com

“Trek Class” is a course at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies titled “Star Trek and the Information Age.” The course examines episodes of Star Trek series as a method of introducing concepts related to technology, s...

May 6, 2011

Originally published on StarTrek.com

April 5, 2063, known as First Contact Day in the Star Trek universe, marks the date of Zefram Cochrane’sfirst successful warp-speed flight and the beginning of humanity’s journey beyond Earth’s solar system. When representatives of t...

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