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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When did Data speed time up really fast? [duplicate]

There was a Star Trek episode where the ship was being attacked with a laser directed at the warp core. The ship had no defense against the laser and was going to get destroyed. Data somehow did ...
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How is Data unable to program in or have availability of the landscape on Romulus but not Romulan Ale?

In the TNG episode "The Defector" Data indicates (to a Romulan visitor) that Romulan Ale is not available to be replicated: SETAL: I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my ...
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Why would Data say that a cloaking device on the surface of a planet would have visible distortion?

In the Star Trek:TNG episode "The Defector" Data States: RIKER: A cloaking device of some sort, to hide the entire base? DATA: A cloaking device operating on the surface would be given away ...
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How does Data know what Bingo is but not what perfume is?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" how is it that Data doesn't know what an aphrodisiac or perfume is, but in the same episode knows of 'Bingo', an obscure ancient human game? ...
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Data states that the Prime Directive only applies to starships, is that correct?

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Episode "Angel One" Data states that the prime directive only applies to starships, is that correct? And if the prime directive is in place why didn't they go ...
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How can Data know nothing about the Orient Express?

In the beginning of "Emergence" (Star Trek The Next Generation's season 7) Data is relaying some information about the Orient Express train to captain Picard. Data is clearing reading that information ...
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What happened to Commander Shelby after TNG episode Best of Both Worlds part II?

This is the final dialogue of the episode as well as being Shelby's last time on TNG show: RIKER: And Earth Station McKinley has advised they're ready to begin refitting the Enterprise. ...
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Why is Worf always called by one name?

Members of the crew are either called formally by their rank and last name, ie; Captain Picard, Commander Riker, or called by their first name informally, Jean Luc, Will, etc. Although there are ...
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Did the Selay & Antican delegations ever get to the peace process?

In "TNG : Lonely Among Us" the purpose of the Enterprise's mission was to deliver the Selay and Antican delegations to a peace process. They get side tracked by an energy species from an energy cloud. ...
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In season 1 episode 7 “justice” of Star Trek TNG do we ever learn what the entities that the Edo call god really are?

Is there anything in canon that teaches us what the entities orbiting the planet are, their capabilities, where they come from, etc.? I am happy to accept responses based on the expanded universe ...
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is it possible for Data to eventually gain emotions without a chip?

It is my personal opinion that the more the Android learns human knowledge, the more human he becomes. The very yearning to be so is human in its own right. If I understand, the emotion chip causes ...
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Positronic signature in Nemesis

In Nemesis, the Enterprise E is lured to Kolarin III by a positronic signature, which ends up being B-4, another Soongian android. Would starships of that time period (circa 2379) normally monitor ...
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Does Data have Bluetooth or similar radio? [duplicate]

Every time I see Data interacting with a computer or network he is using a terminal or communicator just like everyone else. Surely a bluetooth or communicator device could easily be incorporated ...
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Did Data murder B4?

Since Data overrode B4's personality, would it be fair to say that Data murdered B4 to ensure his own survival?
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How does Data's computation ability compare to the Enterprise's?

Can the ship perform more calculations per second since it is much larger and is not confined to the size of an average human? Or is the ship actually a distributed network of many computers ...
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Do the borg ever focus on assimilating Data in particular?

Do the borg believe that Data is inferior to them somehow? his technology is demonstrated to be somewhat compatible (and perhaps superior) with the borg in the Locutus episode, and in Descent Part ...
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Why didn't Data subdue Worf?

Toward the end of Genesis, de-evolved Worf is pounding on a door, trying to get to Deanna Troi. Data and Picard are also behind the door. Picard then decides to take Deanna's pheromones with him in a ...
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Why is Data so surprised that he's mortal?

In "Time's Arrow," the discovery of Data's head in a cave is evidence that Data is to die at some point. During a conversation with Geordi in Ten Forward, Data tells him that such a revelation doesn't ...
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Could Data have floored Khan with a single punch?

In Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan invites Captain Kirk to punch him. Kirk does, repeatedly, and Khan is totally unaffected. Suppose that Data were on the scene instead of Kirk, and Khan, thinking ...
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What languages is Data fluent in?

Data can speak French, apparently fluently, and surely can speak other ancient languagues equally well. I would imagine that he can also speak Klingon well. I recall that in Nemesis, Data struggles ...
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Does Geordi consider Data to be his best friend?

On various occasions, Data remarks that Geordi is his best friend onboard the Enterprise. Does Geordi think the same of Data? Somehow I think that Geordi would consider a fellow human to be his best ...
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Was Data safe from the Crystalline Entity?

In "Silicon Avatar," after discovering the Crystalline Entity hovering in the planet's orbit, several colonists, Dr. Crusher, Riker, and Data start to run for their lives. Certain episodes seem to ...
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Why didn't Data stay onboard the Enterprise during the Baryon Sweep?

I believe that the Baryon Sweep only affects organic matter, so I'm not sure why Data wasn't asked to stay onboard during this time ("Starship Mine"). True, there was a reception being held by ...
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Why is Data so “unique”, anyway?

Can you explain me why is Data supposed to be so "unique", with this concept being repeated several times in TNG episodes? Even in TNG, Data seems to me quite an outdated piece of technology for his ...
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Why does Data have to ask the computer for directions?

In "Brothers," Data's father activates a sort of homing signal in the android's positronic net, in order that the two are reunited. While on the bridge, and before creating a security code, Data ...
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Does Data truly care about anything whatsoever?

In "Redemption part II" the former captain of the USS Sutherland (Lt. Cdr. Hobson) accuses Data of not caring about any of the individuals onboard, after the latter proposes a maneuver which would ...
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Could Data or Odo be knocked out with a hypospray?

(I don't know if it's okay to ask about two different characters in the same question. I doubt it, but someone please let me know.) We know that Data's systems can be affected on occasion (see "The ...
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Why does Data not notice the intruder?

In "Timescape," Troi, Data, and LaForge beam over to the frozen Romulan ship to try and figure out what has gone wrong. While in the engine room, Geordi asks Data (with the Romulan imposter standing ...
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Why does Data have to use a computer in Star Trek?

In the earlier episodes of The Next Generation is where I noticed it, and I realise he could be inputting commands into the command terminal, but why isn't his positronic brain interfaced with the ...
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Isn't Data a better shuttlecraft pilot than Riker?

In "Chain of Command II," Captain Jellico tries to recruit pilots for a dangerous mission against the Cardassians. Geordi tells him that Commander Riker is the best shuttle pilot onboard. What about ...
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Why would Data believe in an afterlife?

In "Thine Own Self," Data converses with a little girl whose mother has died. The girl states that her father believes that "Mother" has gone to a place where there is no sickness, no death, etc. I ...
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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 ...