Image via WikipediaI have been watching my Star Trek:DS9 DVDs from the beginning and enjoying them completely. They are so well made and fun to watch with a lot of color, interesting characters, and great stories. One thing that is taken for granted on the station is that everyone can communicate very easily even though DS9 is a crossroad, so to speak, and you have visitors from all sorts of worlds throughout two quadrants in the galaxy. Everyone has an implanted chip that is a universal translator and allows each person to talk with great ease. The amount of information and language data that needs to be input into those microchips would be astounding. In fact, when an unknown language is presented to the microchip, after a while, it can magically translate this previously unknown language. So, for a minute, let us consider this type of technology will be available to us in the future. Would you want such a device implanted in your head? Now add to this that the mirochip seems to analyze and make decisions on its own. This is reminiscent of Hal 9000 who never ever made a mistake yet began to make decisions that affected humans in a very fatal way. Or even more sinister, if a government could track your movements or even control your ability to earn and spend, would you still trust such an innocuous chip in your head? As it is, I feel uncomfortable with the RFID in my passport because all my data can be read within a certain number of meters, but I have strayed very far from the point which is that could I trust something that sounds so wonderful as a universal translator to be implanted in my body?
I love new technology and the improvements it can bring to our lives, but when people have not learned to live peacefully together on Earth, technology can become very dangerous. The Star Trek ideal of society is very appealing, and I like DS9 because it combines the Federation with other cultures that still trade or use currency, and how everyone tries to coexist.
Until we have reached that level of harmony, I think I will use my technology outside my body.