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How William Shatner Changed the World (2005)

William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies, including: cell phones, medical imaging, computers and ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Himself - Host / Narrator
Jon Adler ...
Himself - Stanford University School of Medicine (as Prof. John Adler)
Martin Cooper ...
Himself - Inventor, Cell Phone
Rob Haitani ...
Himself - Product Designer, Palm One
Yuri Gagarin ...
Himself - Soviet Cosmonaut (archive footage)
Marc D. Rayman ...
Himself - Chief Propulsion Engineer, NASA, JPL (as Dr. Marc D. Rayman)
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Himself
Mae C. Jemison ...
Herself - NASA Astronaut 1987-1993 (as Dr. Mae C. Jemison)
Seth Shostak ...
Himself - SETI Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (as Dr. Seth Shostak)
Bruce Damer ...
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Himself (archive footage)
Miguel Alcubierre ...
Himself - National University of Mexico (as Dr. Miguel Alcubierre)
D.C. Fontana ...
Herself - Writer, Star Trek 1966-1969 (as Dorothy C. Fontana)
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Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
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William Shatner presents a light-hearted look at how the "Star Trek" TV series have influenced and inspired today's technologies, including: cell phones, medical imaging, computers and software, SETI, MP3 players and iPods, virtual reality, and spaceship propulsion. Written by yortsnave

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The evolution of the Star Trek era
23 August 2006 | by (NB, Canada) – See all my reviews

This documentary makes a very nice overview of the evolution of the Star Trek era and how the show changed the world. Of course, it doesn't take itself seriously and Shatner is even able to laugh at his own short sightedness.

You will probably fall into two categories: those who think Star Trek is overrated and those who think Star Trek is underrated. I think I fall somewhere in the middle. Star Trek is based on a world that was evolving even before the show ever took the air. But I think it was a catalyst for the speed at which the technical evolution was occurring.

Worth viewing if you remotely like Star Trek and a nice showcase of the evolution of technology as pushed by "Star Trek geeks".


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