Warp Five 58: Never Transport on Wi-Fi / by Trek fm

Developing the Transporter.

Even those who have never watched Star Trek know about “beaming” from place to place. A fictional technology originally created to deal with the reality of television budgets, the transporter has become known to pretty much everyone; and for Star Trek fans it’s part of everyday life. But in the 22nd century, transporters were used only for cargo. The idea of beaming humans around was a frightening one, and it took some time for the crew of the NX-01 to warm up to the idea.

In this episode of Warp Five, Christopher Jones and Norman C. Lao discuss the early days of the transporter, the technology’s creator Emory Erickson, the early controversies and fears surrounding beaming, and some of Erickson’s goals that went unmet in the prime timeline but did surface in the Abramsverse.

Running Time: 1 hour 5 minutes 45 seconds


Christopher Jones


Norman C. Lao

Associate Producer

Norman C. Lao


Transporters as Everyday Transportation (3:01)
Early Transporter Fears (8:13)
The Metaphysical Argument (23:49)
The Ethics of Transporter Technology (32:40)
Sub-Quantum Beaming (37:32)
Closing and Feedback (50:54)

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