「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Holodeck

Holodeck



擬真機 Holodeck,是科幻電視片集 Star Trek 系列中的一個機器,它是利用高能量來,造出模擬實物環境,甚至可以模擬動物和植物,包括 holodeck personnel 擬真人。 其中科學利用能量轉化成物質的理論,不是我想在這裡討論,有興趣的朋友可以到維基百科:Holodeck 篇查看。


實用方面,Star Trek 故事中,太空旗艦 Enterprise 上的隊員,可以利用 Holodeck 擬真機,來仿造敵人和敵方環境,來進行模擬演習 combat rehearsals;設計及實驗新的器材、工具、宇航飛船;也可以創造環境和人物,當作消遣和耍樂之用,例如仿真的陽光與海灘,兒時回憶,懷緬往事,星際和地球上每一個角落,歷險小說的故事,等等。


Holodeck 在 Star Trek 的 the next generation 開始,其他的同系列的 Star Trek Voyager 片集都有利用 Holodeck 的 technology 來寫故事。


最過癮的一次是:Data 為了在 holodeck 內,玩玩『Sherlock Holmes 福爾摩斯』的偵探故事,代入為福爾摩斯的 Data,為了接受挑戰,不用固有的福爾摩斯偵探故事,于是他下了一個指令,叫電腦在 holodeck 造一個擬真人物,可以和 Data 較量的 holodeck personnel 擬真人物 Professor Mariarty,點知咁就玩大咗。這一集叫:Ship in a Bottle


維基百科:Ship in a Bottle

故事:Data and La Forge are enjoying a Sherlock Holmes holodeck program when the two notice that a character programmed to be left-handed was actually right-handed. They call Lt. Barclay to repair the holodeck, but as he checks the status of the Sherlock Holmes programs, he encounters an area of protected memory. He activates it to find the artificial sentient Professor James Moriarty character projected into the Holodeck, who appears to have memory since his creation including during the period while he was inactive.

Moriarty wishes to escape the artificial world of the holodeck and was assured by the crew of the Enterprise-D that they would endeavor to find a way to free him, and is irritated at the lack of results on the part of the crew and their seeming lack of even the tiniest bit of effort. Picard, along with Data and Barclay, attempt to assure Moriarty they are still working on that goal, but Moriarty is dismissive of that. He takes control of the Enterprise-D through the computer, insisting that a way be found for him to experience life beyond the confines of the holodeck.

Moriarty confuses the crew by seemingly willing himself to existence by walking off the holodeck. He explains this to the stunned captain and Data by saying, "I think, therefore I am." The additional twist is the action by Moriarty to create a companion, the Countess Regina Bartholomew for himself, commanding the computer of the Enterprise-D to place another sentient mind within a female character of the Sherlock Holmes novels. Moriarty then demands a solution to get Regina off the holodeck be devised.

While assisting La Forge, Data observes that LaForge's handedness is incorrect, just as they had experienced earlier. Data determines that himself, Picard, and Barclay never left the holodeck, and everyone and everything that appears to be the Enterprise are part of a holodeck program Moriarty created: the ship in the bottle. Data finds a way to program the holodeck's holodeck to convince Moriarty that he and Regina can be beamed into the real world, though in fact they are only "beamed" in the holodeck's holodeck simulation.

Moriarty, satisfied with the ruse, releases control of the ship back to Picard, and he and the Countess use a shuttlecraft given to them by Picard to leave the Enterprise and explore the galaxy. Picard ends the simulation and returns to the real Enterprise. Barclay extracts the memory cube from the holodeck and sets it in an extended power device in order to provide Moriarty and the Countess a lifetime of exploration and adventure.

Picard mentions the possibility that the crew's reality may actually be a fabrication generated by "a little device sitting on someone's table". This unnerves Barclay enough for him to test the nature of his own reality one more time, by giving commands to 'the computer'.



以上當然只是一篇科幻故事,那個擬真的 Professor Moriarty,利用它學到的理論,在擬真機再造一個擬真的太空船,讓真正太空船的人員,以為走出了擬真機,其實還是留在擬真機內擬真的太空船。最後人員發覺後,就以其道還自其人之身,把 Professor Moriarty 和它的女友,再放入一個擬真的環境,讓它們活在永遠擬真的 memory cube 裡面。好似好復雜咁 right?


其實人世間,我們是否就是活在一個大智慧的擬真機裡面呢?佢得閒就入嚟一齊玩玩,唔得閒就由得我們自生自滅!


後記:
除了維基百科有 TNG每一集的劇情 Plot 記載之外,另外還有很多 TNG的粉絲,自立網頁記載,這是 Ship In A Bottle 故事的另一連結,和以上的故事沒大出入。


我的舊文:
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek~Soul Mate
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek~Transformers
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek~The Inner Light (The music)
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek~The Inner Light (The story)
THE INNER LIGHT vs the inner space



10 comments:

新鮮人 said...

擬幻似真
如夢如幻
真真假假
假假真真
醒時如醉
醉時亦真
但願精彩

Ruth Tam said...

Didnt' watch this episode. Very interesting story.

微豆 Haricot said...

Thank you for sharing the story which is very thought-provoking.

I always wonder whether one should feel happy or sorry for Moriarty who live happily thereafter exploring the "fake" universe with his partner.

the inner space said...

新鮮兄:多謝回應!
想借用返在舊文:星空奇遇記 STAR Trek~The Inner Light (The story) 文內提過
『真實 vs 虛擬 的世界。。。。 可能我和大家是一同發著一個集體的夢﹐而離開這世界的才是夢醒的一群!』

the inner space said...

Ruth 姐:歡迎來訪!
Actually I wrote this piece of blog after I read about you mentioned "Holodeck" on your blog.
It was you who inspired me to write more about holodeck.

:)

p.s. the other TNG stories linked are recommended for further reading

the inner space said...

hari 兄:
thank you for your comments!

in fact if you got the time and patience,I would recommend you to read:

星空奇遇記 STAR Trek ~ Soul Mate
星空奇遇記 STAR Trek ~ Transformers

微豆 Haricot said...

昨晚兩套都看了,都很有值得思考的主題,謝謝!!

the inner space said...

HARI 兄:多謝捧場!
在楓葉國的電視網絡TVnetwork可還有重播TNG呢?記得旅遊時見過有個SPIKE TV和Space Channel,時常有一連播幾集Star Trek的。

微豆 Haricot said...

There are not as many re-runs of ST, TNG and DS9 anymore. But perhaps with the new ST movie, things will change.

THE INNER SPACE said...

Hari 兄,
我也留意到今夏有部新的star trek 的故事.

Star Trek 北美五月八日
其實是星空奇遇記的前傳,講的是 Captain James T. Kirk 卻克隊長,和 Mr. Spock 冼撲先生,兩人年青時代,初初入 Star Fleet 的故事,兩人剛剛由 Star Fleet 學堂出來,第一次的太空任務。作為 Star Trek 迷的我,點都入場看看嘞。 Leonard Nimoy 做成年的 Mr. Spock,Zachary Quinto 演嫰的 Younger Mr. Spock,Chris Pine 演 James T. Kirk,沒有另一個演員演出,是否一個人由嫰演到老呢? 還有一個疑問。唔見到一向演開 卻克隊長的 William Shatner 出現在 Casting 噃。

:D