Todie is a good dye today
Found this through that.
Basically, it threads many of today’s element back to Star Trek, such as the communicator, voice-controlled computers etc. However, its main premise is that Kirk invented blogging. Now that’s a bit far fetched.
Diaries, journals and logs were being created since man first learn to write. Naval officers were keeping the ship’s day-to-day, as well as the special events in a book called ship’s log. This log was used then both as a formal report, the consistency in the events description was proof that the Captain didn’t changed course in the middle of the voyage and went to Tahiti, and as a “black box”, which would allow others, in case of a disaster happening, to reconstruct the events leading to that disaster. When creating Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry borrowed a lot of naval traditions, practices and concepts, this was one of those.
Another element that we tend to interpret wrongly is that Star Trek didn’t really “invent” or “foretold” anything. Many things in there were either created based on current technology (for that time), or were later used by engineers and inventors as an inspiration (some cellular phone designs were clearly influenced by ST’s communicator). Either way, I agree with the writer, the influence of Star Trek on our lives is amazing.