Google Doodle Boldly Goes Where No Doodle Has Gone Before

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Google has doodled seemingly every topic and anniversary under the sun, yet, it’s never done a Star Trek Doodle – until today.

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The whimsical Google Doodle, which marks the iconic science fiction series' 46th anniversary (actually a day ahead of the exact air date anniversary of the first episode “The Man Trap”), is chock-full of Star Trek-esque interaction.

Google’s letters have been remade into Star Trek crew members and there’s a storyline inside the doodle, with many references to the episode and show. There are even “scenes” that help carry you through the story. Google told me that this is one of the reasons they decided to launch the doodle a day early, so people would have time to play with it and discover the entire story -- a challenge that perhaps only true Trekkies will undertake.

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Star Trek remains an enduring and popular online theme. In fact, one of the shows’ original actors, George Takei is a mainstay on Facebook, where he has amassed a huge following.

Whimsy and fans aside, the Star Trek Doodle actually connects one of the tech geeks’ (and many Googler’s) favorite themes with one of Google’s highest aspirations, to build a Star Trek computer.

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Fans of the show well remember “Computer,” the omnipresent Enterprise intelligence that could answer any question thrown at it, from virtually anywhere on the giant space ship.

When I spoke to Google Fellow and SVP Amit Singhal earlier this year about Google’s efforts to build a knowledge graph and the seismic changes Google was making to its search engine, he told me that his real dream was to recreate that computer. “All aspects of computing or AI improve when you have such an infrastructure in-house,” said Singhal, referring to the massive knowledge graph Google is building. “You can process query or question much better, and you get a step closer to building the Star Trek computer,” he said.

The doodle represents more than a bit of a hat tip to all the inspiration Star Trek provided to future nerds and geeks like those at Google and here at Mashable, too.

Check out the Star Trek Google Doodle here and lets us know what you’ve discovered in the comments below.

BONUS: Our Favorite Animated Google Doodles

The Christmas Google Doodle

Each package gets larger with a mouse-over, and a click on it returns search results pertinent to a specific country or the particular items featured in a scene. This one is from December 24, 2010.

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