Starts With A Bang

The Most Impossible Technology From Star Trek (Synopsis)

An action shot of a crewmember caught mid-transport. Image credit: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images.

“‘Star Trek’ says that it has not all happened, it has not all been discovered, that tomorrow can be as challenging and adventurous as any time man has ever lived.” –Gene Roddenberry

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, our first science fiction adventure that promised a positive view of the future, ushered in by technology and humanity’s best traits. In addition to a utopia where maladies like hunger, disease and poverty were eradicated, Star Trek promised a future where technology was widely available and sufficiently advanced to the benefit of all of humanity.

The transporting of John Harrison in Star Trek Into Darkness. Image credit: KANE2026 of, lifted from the freely available movie trailer.

While many of these imagined advances in technology have been met or even exceeded already, such as in the field of medical diagnostics and communication, others like warp drive and the Star Trek transporter may never come to fruition. No matter how much your technology advances, you still can’t circumvent the laws of nature.

Three members of the Star Trek crew beaming down off the ship. Image credit: CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images.

Here are the limits of what the transporter actually are, and why it takes the cake as Star Trek’s most impossible technology!