Leonard Nimoy's UK:Resistance 2000

Hello, I'm Leonard Nimoy. Most of you will probably know me best from my role as 'Spock' in the popular American TV show 'Star Trek'. I was greatly honoured when UK:Resistance approached me in the summer of 1968 to gain my views on how the world and life, as we know it, will change by the year 2000. Here are my predictions for the world in the year 2000...

By the late 1990s, many offices will contain complicated electrical machines known as 'calculators'. These devices will allow people to carry out complicated sums and get the answer back, calculated to an incredible TWO decimal places, in a matter of minutes!

Due to the increase in telephone use, by the year 2000 most numbers will be an incredible 46 digits long!

But thanks to brain-wave scanning technology we won't have to remember them - even our house doors will be unlocked by the power of the mind.

Games in the year 2000 will be very different to the traditional board and card games of today. The most popular games will use small doses of legalised LSD, combined with a strobe effect which puts players into a week-long trance, unable to feed or bathe themselves.

Scientists will try to come up with some sort of personal communication device, like the ones we use in the great TV program 'Star Trek'. Unfortunately, they will fail, but telephones with personal mini satellite dishes attatched to a back-pack will allow people to use phones up to 200 yards from their home.

The English game of Soccer will die out in the mid eighties, to be replaced by the new and upcoming American sport, Basketball, which will be appreciated the world over.

People will be able to record TV programmes by the year 1981, by means of a high storage, optical-disc based system that utilises phase-change technology, enabling over two hours of hi-resolution footage to be recorded in a binary format.

Thanks to advances in manufacturing and safety techniques, 48% of all homes built in the 1990s will be insulated by safe, warming asbestos.

Genetic experiments will result in dog/Human hybrids, meaning that many dogs will actually be able to hold simple conversations with their owners.

But thanks to our scientist friends, an incredible 82% of all hybrid domestic pets will be replaced by cheaper, cleaner, smaller and more efficient robotic versions during the 1980s.

Thanks to the huge advances in cassette technology we'll see by the 1990s, entire pages of text will be able to be stored on vast reels of tape.

I predict that time travel will also become possible within the next ten years, meaning that by 1979 we will be flooded with scientists and new technology - from the future!

One invention that these futuristic scientists might bring back with them is the teleportation device, similar to the one which myself, Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy use to 'beam' in and out of trouble in the fantastic new show 'Star Trek', which airs from next friday on BBC1

Let's hope they don't bring back any troublesome 'Klingons' which are one of the many perilous foes that myself and the crew of the starship 'Enterprise' will be facing, in the fantastic new space-travel series 'Star Trek'.

I also predict the first holidays to hotels on the Moon will be taken in 1982 - I'll be first in line!

Full colonisation of Mars will take a little longer, but there's no doubt where the hottest year 2000 millennium party will be held - on Mars!

Most vehicles in the year 2000 will run on solar energy, thanks mainly to the inspiration of great scientists like 'Scotty', the loveable scottish engineer who struggles to keep the starship Enterprise running smoothly, in the new show 'Star Trek' which will shortly appear on UK screens. His fantastic catchphrase "More energy is required to complete the task" will become a Star Trek legend.

Contact with extra-terrestrials will occur in the year 2000 and the 'aliens' will be of a humanoid form and able to speak perfect English.

After Star Trek finishes, I will enjoy a successful career in big-budget motion pictures, both directing and starring in some incredible block-busters.

Thanks Leonard. Who knows where we'll be in the year 1998, and even if UK:Resistance will still be around to report on the cutting-edge of games technology! One thing is for certain though - if the future is anything like as exciting as it appears in the fantastic new science fiction series 'Star Trek', airing on BBC1 from next friday, we're in for an exciting journey!

©UK:Resistance 1968