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Time travellers encounter a personal computer without voice interface

by Critical Commons Manager

In this ludicrous scene from Star Trek IV, Scotty the engineer from the future makes an immediate transition from being totally unable to operate a computer without a voice interface to typing in the formula for transparent aluminum in a matter of seconds. What makes this scene funny is when Scotty picks up the Mac computer mouse and attempts to use it like a microphone when the computer fails to respond to voice commands. This scene marks an inversion of the fact that naive users of PCs in the 1980s sometimes attempted use mice not as microphones but as television remotes.

Time travel reveals the limits of the graphical user interface in Star Trek IV

Engineer Scott shows surprising proficiency with the new Mac operating system although it lacks a voice interface

from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Creator: Leonard Nimoy
Posted by Critical Commons Manager