Standard Orbit: A Star Trek Original Series Podcast (Technology)
65: Compress Them Like A JPEG

Transporter Ethics.

We’re told the transporter takes an object or person, disassembles them on a molecular level, transmits them to another place, then reassembles them. However, there are other instances where duplication happens. Where does that matter come from? Where does the matter for regular tranports come from?

McCoy has a distrust of the transporter. Is he crazy, or does he have a point? In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss the transporter and the possible ethics of using it.


Drew Stewart and Mike Schindler
Editor and Producer
Drew Stewart
Associate Producer
Richard Rutledge, Jr.

Production Manager
Richard Marquez
Content Coordinator
Will Nguyen
Transporter-phobia (00:00:50)
How Exactly Does It Work? (00:01:34)
Are You Creating A New Person? (00:09:03)
Are You Killing Duplicates? (00:16:08)
Could You Keep Backup People? (00:20:01)
Does Stephen King Take Place in the Twilight Zone? (00:23:28)
Closing (00:29:55)
Direct download: so-065.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 1:04pm MST

35: Super-Duper Walkie-Talkies

Technology Influences of TOS.

Star Trek has been influencing people to better themselves for almost 50 years. But people haven’t just been bettering themselves, they’ve been bettering technology to go along with them. In this episode of Standard Orbit, Mike and Drew discuss three technologies from TOS that influenced the way we interact today. We mourn the death of flip phones in this smartphone era, cover the contest to create a real-life medical tricorder, and talk about the video-chat technologies that enable this and our other podcasts to exist.

Direct download: so-035.mp3
Category:Technology -- posted at: 3:00am MST