The irreverent documentary “How William Shatner Changed the World” features the actor examining the ways “Star Trek” technology inspired real-life innovators, whose inventions include communicator-like flip phones and medical equipment reminiscent of the starship Enterprise’s sick bay.
… While best known as the fearless Capt. Kirk, Shatner does not share the rosy view of technology and humanity’s future that motivated “Star Trek” creator Roddenberry.
“Technology has brought us to this point of self-destruction,” Shatner said. “It’s the dichotomy of our curiosity and greed, which are hardwired — greed, because we had to survive because we were always hungry, so we had to gather things, and curiosity, which brought us out of the trees.
“In small amounts, they’re the difference between us and the rest of the animal world. In large amounts, they’re causing the destruction of everything. And I think technology has put us in a position of destroying the planet as we know it, and us along with it. I’m very pessimistic about the future of mankind based on all the things that are going on now and our lack of will to correct it.” – CNN