Top 3 culture tips from Star Trek

My friend Daniel agreed to meet up with me at my first Star Trek convention. Being a Trekkie is something my family strongly believes in. And I am one of those people that want to make the world reflect that amazing utopia and science fiction.

I got some amazing pictures….

With Mirina Sirtis (featured image) and Gates McFadden (above)

And some very cool interactions with the Nichelle Nichols, Marina Sirtis and Gates McFadden.

Johnathan Frakes passed by me, but I was too chicken to say anything. I saw Robert Picardo on stage as well.
I know they are just people but goodness, I still watch Star Trek to this day. I can’t wait till I’m the type of influencer that could work with them on advancing STEM and discussions about bringing the same time of equity and equality that they represented in the Star Trek Universe.

My top three favorite things about Star Trek:

  • Algorithms on the fly: I like to think that those fantastic user interfaces they are tapping so much are them creating algorithms to do this or that. They say as much during their dialogue. They will create an algorithm to understand the space phenomena in front of them or to analyze a sensor reading. Maybe there is a comprehensive base algorithm that they start with and most of the academy is learning how to use algorithms effectively.
  • Hardware is obsolete: If you notice, they never have any issues around building things. Hardware is “replicated” easily with all-powerful technology and they also have no problem with recycling hardware. So this makes me think that even my current degree in Mechanical Engineering will one day be obsolete. Hmm, what would it take to take Mechanical Engineers out of the loop? What kind of predictive software would that be?
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence anyone: Daaaaamn. I wish more tech companies would adopt some of the fanciful but compelling narratives in Star Trek episodes. They have an intriguing understanding of the prime directive — basically, respect for the autonomy of cultures, that can change from captain to captain. And also the ability to move through hard conversations about acceptance of people or ways they don’t understand immediately. You will notice that the most effective technology that sets them up for success is the universal translator. Most of the cultural exchanges happen on the level of a common language. The challenging episodes, which occur two or three times a season, deal with the universal translator failing.

If you want to read more about my vision and ideas on society and tech policy, keep reading. More adventures to come. And check out my new hashtag on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn, #camillespeaksup

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Camille is a Mechanical Engineering student sharing about her personal relationships and experiences working in the tech field as a woman of color.

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