Category: Trek Concepts

“Coffee, black…” as Janeway has frequently requested. The job of creating coffee and millions of other food and items belongs to one thing: the replicator. The best way to describe a replicator would be a transporter with a different purpose. Just like a transporter stores genetic makeup in a data file, a replicator stores billions of molecules that can be arranged in practically any order, creating anything one could want. Best of all, the process can be reversed, so something like a dirty plate could be dematerialized and stored for later re-materialization into a clean one.
Everything created by the replicator is real, just like everything that is a collection of molecules today is real. The difference is the ability to customize according to the user’s liking. If you’re craving alfredo but don’t want all the calories, just ask – the replicator can easily create a zero-calorie alfredo dish just for you. If you always loved Shakspere but wanted illustrations too, just ask – it can create a wonderfully illustrated version of Hamlet. The possibilities are endless, but there is a certain limitation.
Due to the common science law that matter can neither be created nor destroyed, the replicator can’t “create” more atoms for re-materialization. So, there is a finite supply of molecules in Voyager’s replicators. Because some of the things replicated aren’t returned in their entirety, that supply could quickly run out. Hence the need for rations arose, especially because Voyager had such a long journey ahead of them. Rations became so valuable, they were like money – if you wanted something valuable, you’d have to sacrifice other things and save up. This is where objects like Harry’s clarinet came into play. So, as incredible as the invention is, it still has its draw-backs. Use it wisely.
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Explanation of Transporters

The transporter is a subspace device which can instantaneously teleport any object to any location within transporter range. The transporter dematerializes the object or person into a data file that can be transmitted anywhere within range. Because the object turns into a data file (kind f like a temporary computer program) this allows the genetic signature of the object or person to remain in “transporter suspension” if necessary. This basically leaves the genetic signature in the system for a short period of time. Objects and humans can only remain in that state for a short while (less than 24 hours usually) before their genetic code begins detiorating and the object doesn’t retain its condition. Once an object is ready to be transported, its pattern is reassembled at the desired location. The trouble usually arises with reassembling everything correctly. If things go wrong, a person could end up having an arm in the wrong place.

The Universal translator is a device known to every series in the star trek world. It was originally introduced to make the show-watching experience less confusing and easier to grasp. The UT allows everyone (with some exceptions) to speak in English, even though they are acting out the role of an alien.

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual says that the Universal Translator is an “extremely sophisticated computer program” which functions by “analyzing the patterns” of an unknown foreign language, starting from a speech sample of two or more speakers in conversation. The more extensive the conversational sample, the more accurate and reliable is the “translation matrix,” enabling instantaneous conversion of verbal utterances or written text between the alien language and American English / Federation Standard.

A new language could quickly be translated in person-to-person encounters by having one speak his or her language until the universal translator gathered enough data to build a translation matrix. There are certain universal ideas and concepts common to all intelligent life, and the translator compares the frequencies of brainwave patterns, selects those ideas it recognizes, and provides the necessary grammar.

The device speaks with a voice, or the approximation of one, that correspond to the identity concepts it recognizes.

The universal translator’s capabilities are focused on interpreting the brain patterns of humanoid lifeforms. For entirely non-Human lifeforms, such as the cytoplasmic lifeform which attached itself to B’Elanna Torres, the universal translator was completely stymied (“Nothing Human”).

The Emergency Medical Holographic program contains the universal translator technology built-in to his program. The Doctor was able to communicate with Noss when Tuvok and Paris’ universal translators were offline (“Gravity”).

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Explanation of the EMH

Have you ever wondered how the Doctor works, or why he is able to interact with real objects even though he is only a hologram? The Doctor, like all other holograms on the ship, is actually just a combination of photons and holo-matter held together by forcefields. A photon is a subatomic particle responsible for the transmission of electromagnetic energy. Holo-matter and forcefields are projected by holo-emitters, usually found on the holodecks and sickbay. Holograms can be manipulated by advanced computer programs, allowing the holograms to interact with real-life objects, and visa versa. Programs such as the EMH have been known to develope personality subroutines; the longer they are kept active, the further this personality developes. The Doctor, therefore, is said to be a sentient hologram because he is a form of intelligent life. Sentience basically means that the beholder is an intelligent, self-aware, conscious entity deserving of rights, respect, and freedom. This is the main reason the Doctor was soon regarded as a member of the Voyager crew, not just a hologram.

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Explanation of the Warp Drive

In Voyager, the idea of Warp basically states that one can travel faster than the speed of light by contracting space in front of it and expanding space behind it. So, when Janeway tells Paris to resume course, “Warp 8”, what does it mean?

In order to figure out Voyager’s speed at any given warp, simply use the equation: v = w^{10/3}c, where v is velocity, w is warp factor, and c is the speed of light. This equation only applies to warps 1-9, and from warp 9 to warp 10, the exponent of w increases toward infinity. Thus, warp 1 would be the speed of light, and warp 9.9 (Voyager’s highest possible speed, broken only once in Threshold) would be approximately 4 billion miles per second, which would be about 21,500 times the speed of light. Again, this is just an approximation.

A stardate is a five-digit number followed by a decimal point and one more digit. The first digit of a stardate is always “4”, for the twenty-fourth century. The next mumber corresponds to the season, and the next three vary in purpose. The number after the decimal usually refers to a day counter. A stardate usually begins any log entry, as seen primarily when Janeway starts her log: “Captain’s log, stardate…”