In the Star Trek quote thread, there’s a quote from a character saying something to the effect that they’re glad someone grabbed 'em of they’d have fallen, and “it’s a long way to the bottom of the warp core.”
Why would an accidental fall of such danger even be a possibility?
- The Enterprise computer knows where every living being on the ship is at all times.
- Enterprise is in space; all gravity is artificially created.
- Enterprise, and pretty much every other Federation vessel, has transporters than can transport a person from place to place even if neither the departure or arrival point is at a transport pad.
- Enterprise can project force fields into any number of places, including hallways and other places they are not often used.
- Enterprise’s computer can, in many situations, physically inhibit things to meet a preset safety protocol.
It strikes me as being reasonable to think that safety protocols could be designed to prevent accidental falls that could seriously injure a person, either by reducing gravitational acceleration in the spot it detects a fall, transporting the person away to a safer place, or something. So why would anyone worry about a fall? It seems like an incredible safety oversight.
There have to be other examples of this, and not just safety features. What other things could they be doing that
- Are clearly possible given canonical, observed Star Trek technology, and
- That don’t have any sort of canonical explanation as to why they don’t exist?
The other one I thought of is that instead of bothering to poo you could have the computer transport the poo out of your bowels and into space, but I guess then it’d be weird if you were sitting there and everyone heard that Star Trek transporter noise coming out of your abdomen and you’d know they were all thinking “Smith just dropped a deuce.”
A third would be why people bother with turbolifts if they can be transported about the ship, but that may be an energy issue (whereas preventing a bad fall seems a useful expenditure of energy.)