Random thought…

So, for no reason at all, the other morning while I was driving to work, I was struck by the most random though:

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, when characters go into the holo-deck, they can walk for miles in a room that might be 100-feet to a side. How does this happen?

[Shadow note: I’m sure there are 100s of fan pages explaining how this works. I don’t care. This isn’t about them, it’s about me and how my brain works?]

I’m sure that by generating actual matter (within the confines of the the deck’s matrix, of course) a person can be subtly controlled into running in circles for miles while feeling as though they are running straight. Couple that with advanced line-of-sight tracking of the people on the holo-deck, and each individual can be made to see different parts of a room that appear to be miles apart.

Yes, that is really incredible. But there’s a problem with that.

What about blind people?

With no visual cues and an exception sense of balance, touch, and sense of their surroundings, how do you fool a blind person?

And not Geordi. He’s go the visor that interprets what’s around him, so the matter and what not generated by the holo-deck would appear the same, but shouldn’t he see the manipulation that the computer places into the environment?

Or maybe he does, and he just follows everyone else around and thinks to himself:

“These guys are fucking idiots.”

Anyway, it’s just a thought. Have a great weekend, everybody!

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