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Star Trek: Picard Showrunner on Why the 'Future' Looks So Familiar

Star Trek: Picard showrunner Michael Chabon addressed fans' concerns over the use of modern technology in the sci-fi web series.

Chabon posted a video/slideshow on Instagram answering some questions he received from fans about the series. "You’re a Star Trek Fan watching Star Trek: Picard. You have questions," he wrote in the caption.

One of the questionsChabon was asked related to the use of technology. The series show characters wearing sunglasses and earbuds, yet they don't appear to have modernized at all in the future timeline Picard is set in. "Even if people use those things in 2399, shouldn't they all be more, well, futuristic?" a fan asked.

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"You know what? We actually thought about this a lot," Chabon wrote. "When you are making a show that's set in the future, you have to ask yourself constantly how people will be meeting daily needs and everyday tasks."

He continued: "One guiding principle is that some fundamental objects and tools evolve an ideal form - efficient, economical, comfortable, durable, practical, effective, useful - and afterward change very little, except as subject to fashion-which itself is often retrospective."

Chabon concluded the video: "Certainly any human civilization in which all the objects and appurtenances of everyday life were brand new, of recent invention, and thoroughly contemporary in design, would be fairly unprecedented."

Star Trek: Picard stars Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway. New episodes of the series premiere every Thursday on CBS All Access.


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