Topic Name: History of the Holodeck
Bio: The holodeck is an idea that premiered on Star Trek, inspired by Gene Dolgoff who owned a holography laboratory. He was the inventor of the first LCD projector and was a prolific innovator with 65+ patents and he is still active in the technology industry today. He is the founder of Projectavision, Inc. and ran it from 1988-1995. He has published papers on 3D imaging, optics, holography, and LCD video projections. He is currently the CEO of 3-D Vision, Inc./The 3D Source, Inc. (as of 2000), and just January 2017 became CEO of Holothermix, Inc. which is developing technology for treating cancer and other diseases using holography. Gene Roddenberry heard about the holograms that Dolgoff was making from a mutual contact who had seen the holograms. As Dolgoff told Roddenberry about the holograms and his idea of matter holograms, Roddenberry took to it, and thus the holodeck was born. There exist similar technology to that of the holodeck in other fictional universes, most notably the training room in X-Men. Rooms in other series included Space Battleship Yamato (1974 anime) and Moscow-Cassiopeia (1973 Russian sci-fi film). Today, the holodeck idea has proliferated with the approaching ubiquity of virtual reality and room-scale (and now warehouse-scale) VR.
1950 - "The Veldt" short story by Ray Bradbury, the children's Nursery can become anything the children wanted. The short story had a sinister plot with wicked, out-of-control children and a smart house that does everything for you, including cooking, cleaning, etc.
1974 - 'Recreation Room' in Star Trek: The Animated Series, episode: "The Practical Joker," wherein Dr McCoy, Sulu and Uhura are trapped by the ship's computer.
1988 - Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Big Goodbye," wherein Captain Picard, Lieutenant Data, and the doctor enter a 1940s noir San Francisco, home of the detective Dixon Hill. It is the first episode of Star Trek to significantly feature the holodeck.
1988 - Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Elementary, Dear Data," wherein Commander Data and Chief Engineer La Forge go to the holodeck to recreate a Sherlock Holmes mystery, which also poses questions of artificial intelligence.
1996: Janet H. Murray publishes Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, a manifesto on the impact emerging technologies will have on the way stories and narratives are presented and interacted with.
2001 - Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Unexpected" (S1E4), wherein the humans discover the holodeck technology for the first time ever as it was technology aboard the ship of an alien race called the Xyrillians.
2016 - HolodeckVR is founded in Germany, a company that creates warehouse-scale/stadium-scale VR.
2017 - NVIDIA reveals their holodeck, used for photorealistic collaborative design in VR. It is a collaborative work space for industry, not used for entertainment.
Ongoing - NYU-X Holodeck, based in the NYU College of Nursing, is a shared research collaboration tool for universities using AR, MR, and VR.