Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetOther - Computers · 10 months ago

why do the computers in star trek tos all make loud "clicking" noises when someone asks them a question?

6 Answers

  • 10 months ago

    So the TV audience knows the computer is working. When Star Trek first aired computers were science fiction. There were no home computers.

  • 10 months ago

    Because it is a fake TV show. They do that to make the audience think the computers are working. 

  • 10 months ago

    They were all based on something like a 486 architecture and were woefully primitive. Remember the episode when Spock asks the computer to calculate the number of digits in "pi" and the computer was not smart enough to tell him that this could not be done?

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Hard disk scurrying to search the data? Floppy disk drive, suddenly coming to life? Tape drive snapping while changing turn direction! Hahaha! Seriously, how would you know the computer is in action if they didn't put in some sound effect? It may be far from the truth (Star Trek is one of the farthest) but with voice commands (Alexa? Siri? Waze?) and all, that's what movie goers need to understand that there is an interaction going on between a sentient being (because not all of them are humans, right?) and the computer.

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  • 10 months ago

    Because it's written in the script.  It's not real life.  It's a scripted show, and every moment, phrase, word, beep and click is written into the show.  

  • 10 months ago

    At that time all computers used relays. Solid state logic circuits were unknown. The big computers in real life then still used punch cards and real to real storage devices. So they used sounds like one heard in computer installations that took very large buildings to do less then what a cell phone can do now (only less).

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