The Future is Here


“Beam me up, Scotty!” is a catch phrase that made its way into pop culture from the science-fiction television series Star Trek. It comes from the command Captain Kirk gives his transporter chief, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott,  when he needs to transport back to the ship.

I’ve seen many kids in Panama using this phrase while playing Star Trek characters.  It’s isn’t science-fiction anymore.  It’s real.  On Election Night, November 4, 2008, CNN used a high-tech trick to beam Jessica Yellin’s image, a CNN correspondent, from Chicago to the CNN press center in New York City, where Wolf Blitzer and the rest of the team were covering election returns.

“Yellin, who claimed she was the first person to be beamed in a “hologram” on live TV, explained for the audience how this was done. She said she was standing in a tent outside of the Obama headquarters in Chicago where the CNN crew had set up 35 high-definition cameras in a ring. She stood in the center of this ring and the cameras picked up her every movement and transmitted the image in 3D to the studio in New York.”

Next time I watch a live show on Television, I won’t know for sure if the characters are really in the studio or not.  Science-fiction is no longer fiction, it looks very real.  The future is here my friends, no doubt about it.  Good Day.

Source: CNN’s human ‘hologram’ on election night – cnet news.com

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