Lieutenant Commander Data is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe portrayed by actor Brent Spiner. Designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard the starships USS Enterprise-D and USS ...

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Why did Data lie? Why didn't he swear Captain Picard to secrecy?

In "Clues," the Enterprise apparently goes through a wormhole, which knocks out the entire ship, with the exception of Commander Data. In actuality, though, the wormhole is a ruse, a trick designed by ...
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How strong is Data?

In "Time's Arrow," Data carries an anvil with one hand quite leisurely; he lifts a larger anvil in "Thine Own Self." In addition, he lifts a large metal beam in "Hero Worship" and is considerably ...
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What did Data throw in the fire?

In "Qpid," Riker and the rest of the senior staff go in search of the captain and Vash, when they find that Picard's execution by beheading is imminent. Riker, noting the number of armed men ...
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Could Data have taken out Admiral Quinn?

In "Conspiracy," an enhanced Admiral Quinn mops the floor with both Riker and Worf, and chucks Geordi through the quarters' automatic doors. Could Data have incapacitated Quinn as easily as Worf ...
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Does Data have free will?

Assuming that free will exists (for more on this fascinating metaphysical issue, look up determinism), can it be said that Data actually has free will? His actions are controlled by programming, ...
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Why did Data call the French language “obscure”?

In the video below, Data refers to the French language as "obscure". Picard objects to this and Data is about to make a remark as to why the French language was indeed obscure. Is there any ...
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Is Data's brain more akin to organic neural networks, or software running on hardware?

I know Data's brain is 'positronic', but what does that mean? It was invented by Asimov, right? Sometimes they talk about creating new connections, such as in an organic network, but other times they ...
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How could Data kill that Borg in Descent P1?

From this question, it seems quite clear to assume for the purposes of this question that Borg are considered 'living'. At the beginning of the episode (Descent Part 1, TNG) we see the TNG crew ...
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What kind of CPU does Data have?

As stated in the title, what kind/type of CPU and how much processing power does he have?
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Why did Lal look the way zhe did before completion?

As you can see in the picture below, Lal looks quite peculiar. This was, of course, before zhe1 became a she. My question is: why did Lal look like that when incomplete? Is this a sort of layer ...
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How long did it take Data to build Lal?

In the TNG episode The Offspring, we see that Data has built a Soong-type android in the form of Lal, his daughter. It also reveals to us that this was made possible by content discussed at a recent ...
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What is the precise difference in age between B4, Lore and Data?

Memory Alpha provides vague dates of them all being activated in the 2330s, but is there actually any reference to a more precise age difference between the three brothers in any Trek materials?
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Why were Data's eyes yellow?

Was there any reason why Dr Soong chose for Data's eyes to be yellow? I can understand that he wasn't going for a completely human-looking android based on his skin color, but why yellow eyes?
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Does Data think about walking?

When humans move, we don't normally think about it - we just walk or talk and concentrate on what we are doing rather than how to do it (like we don't think 'retract bicep' or 'extend knee 40 ...
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Was the relationship between Pulaski and Data supposed to parallel that of Spock and McCoy?

During Season 2 of TNG, Dr Pulaski takes over as chief medical officer for the year. I notice that she seems to be a rather down-to-earth sort of person, rather reminiscent of Dr McCoy. I also note ...
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Who can see better: Geordi or Data?

I know that Geordi's blind, but with his VISOR, he has exceptional vision with a range for a wide subspace spectrum. How does this compare with Data's android vision: Does Data have a comparable ...
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What musical instruments has Data played?

The bridge crew of the Enterprise have been shown to be musically inclined during their 'off time'. We've seen Riker play the trombone 'Conundrum' TNG 5x14, and Picard plays the Ressikan flute 'The ...
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How did Brent Spiner get cast as Data for TNG?

According to this answer for who was a potential player for the role of Data, Brent Spiner was not originally considered for the role. I've checked on Memory Alpha, and there seems to be no ...
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How does Data speak?

I know that Data has some functions that are very similar to the biological processes of humans (for example, his cooling system is similar to our own cooling system I believe), but how does Data ...
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What information did the emotion chip contain?

I know that the emotion chip allowed Data to experience emotions, but is there a canon explanation of the other information it contained? I recall a reference somewhere to information from Dr Soong? ...
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Could a Betazoid read Data's mind?

In the TNG episode Manhunt, we see that Lwaxana Troi can't read the mind of a hologram (as there is no mind there to read!), but her telepathic abilities are well-renowned. Hence, could she possibly ...
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Does Data ever learn to sneeze?

In the TNG episode Datalore, it begins with Data trying to emulate sneezing. That got me thinking - does Data ever learn to actually sneeze?
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Has Data been programed with the ability to be a master strategest?

Called the ultimate AI achievement by Q and with an ultimate storage capacity of eight hundred quadrillion bits and a total linear computational speed rated at sixty trillion operations per second, ...
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In which episode of TNG does Data take command of a Starship as part of a Federation Blockade?

There's an episode in TNG (I think it may even be a multi-part episode) where Romulans and the Federation are having some kind of stand-off, and Picard is ordered to take command of a number of ...
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How can Data lose a chess game?

Data is considered, basically, a sentient supercomputer. The ultimate AI. He was built with an ultimate storage capacity of eight hundred quadrillion bits and a total linear computational speed rated ...
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How did Data's emotion chip become fused

I know that the emotion chip in Data became fused apparently because of some information overload, but doesn't that seem to be a bit of a cop-out? In such an advanced android, as I'm sure we would ...
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How is Data alive in “All Good Things” when he died in Nemesis?

In the Star Trek TNG series finale, "All Good Things", Data is clearly alive and well while Picard is an old man. But Data is clearly destroyed in Star Trek: Nemesis, while Picard is still relatively ...
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Who is Data's creator?

I am kind of new to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and when I discovered Data and wondered: who is his creator? I haven't watched all the episodes and would like to know who created Data. Just a ...
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Why didn't Starfleet recreate Data?

If Data's memory was stored multiple times with the ship's computer, and also backed up with B-4's brain, why didn't Starfleet just remake the android body and "revive" him? From what I understand ...
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Why does Data go to sick bay?

Been rewatching some of the show, and I noticed that on several occasions, when Data is feeling out of sorts, he reports to sick bay to be treated by Dr. Crusher. (Examples: Season 5's "The Game", ...
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How did Data's cat “Spot” change colors/breed/gender mid-series?

After seeing a question regarding the acquisition of Data's cat Spot, the point was brought up that Data's cat changed colors midway through the series. My question is, how? I have thought up two ...
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Why did people think Data was a Frenchman?

When Data goes back in time to the old west in Time's Arrow, his strange appearance is noted by the denizens, and one asks him if he is a Frenchman. He responds in the affirmative, and later offers ...
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Did Data have enough memory or “hard drive space”?

I remember an episode in Star Trek TNG (probably first season) where Data is describing some of his internal workings. Among them, he lists that he is equipped with "12 quadrillion" bytes for memory ...
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How does Data's skin get repaired after an injury?

Data's skin being non-organic, doesn't 'self repair'. If they just sewed or glued on new pieces as his skin wore through at the joints and normal abrasion spots or was damaged in combat or accidents, ...
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How does Data maintain his personal hygiene?

I'm assuming Data doesn't need to go number 1 or 2, but an android's bioplast sheeting (his skin) can and has been seen dirty on-screen (in Star Trek: Nemesis, B-4 was found quite dirty from ...
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When was Data made bullet proof/resistant?

In Star Trek First Contact, Data and Picard come under automatic weapon fire from Lily. Data comments "Captain, I believe I can handle this," and he drops down to Lily's level of the missile silo, ...
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Were there any plans for Dr. Noonian Soong to create a mate for Data?

Has it been shown anywhere that Dr. Noonian Soong had in mind any plans for creating an android mate for Data? Or when he created him as a "fully functional" android, he had in mind that he would be ...
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What happens to the food that Commander Data digests or drinks?

Even though Data does not need food or drink, many times it has been shown that he does consume foods and drinks. What happens to the food after digestion? Given that he was created as a "fully ...
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Can and Does Commander Data make frequent backup's of his programs and memories?

We have seen that Commander Data attempted to transfer his memories and programs to the B-4 model in Star Trek Nemisis, and also tranferred his daughter's memories before she died to his circuits. So ...
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Did Starfleet Research departments try to make use of Data's experiment to produce another android (Lal)?

Given the success (to a certain extent) of Commander Data to create another android, mainly his daughter Lal, did not that encourage starfleet research to attempt to make use of his partial success ...
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Did Data and Tasha Yar's 'relationship' continue after the polywater incident?

In The Naked Now, Tasha and Data have a 'moment' together whilst under the effects of the polywater virus. Later on we see he still has a holo-statue of her. Clearly he has 'feelings' (of some kind). ...
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How is Data powered?

What powers Data from Star Trek The Next Generation? Did he generate his own internal power or did he have to plug into the Enterprise periodically to recharge? Or perhaps a combination of the two?
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How did Data get Spot?

So how did Data get his cat, Spot? Did Data pick him up on Earth or something?
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Was Data able to assess a human emotional state accurately?

Before Data got an emotion chip, was he able to assess a human emoional state accurately based on visual/sensor/verbal/auditory/contextual/other clues? Just to be clear, the question is "could he ...
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Is there a canon explanation of WHY Data chose to enter Starfleet Academy?

We know that Data went through Starfleet Academy and served in Starfleet. But is there any canon info indicating why he choise that path/career/existence?
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Does Lieutenant Commander Data exercise a true Theory of Mind?

Theory of Mind is subject of interest to psychologists, primatologists, and those interested in artificial intelligence alike. In a nutshell, having a Theory of Mind is indicated by being able to ...
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Could Data pass the Kobayashi Maru?

Would he even be allowed to take the test since he could not feel fear and thus, the ultimate reason for the test would not have any effect on Data?
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Did Data Have Emotions Without Knowing It?

Starting with Encounter at Farpoint, at the very start of the series, when Riker first meets Data in the holodeck, Data, when asked if he considers himself superior to humans, says, "I am superior, ...
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How Can a Biological Virus Infect Data?

In The Naked Now, there's a virus spreading among the crew of the Enterprise. (Essentially the same virus as in The Naked Time: It forces characters to reveal their motivations and allows extreme ...
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Why is Data positron-based?

It's well-known throughout Star Trek TNG that Data has a positronic neural network. Were there ever any specific advantages presented as to the usage of positrons vs electrons or photons for this ...