In the TNG episode 11001001, there is a humanoid species, which is integrated into a computer - the Bynar. This sound remarkably like the Borg, who are also part-living-part-computer.

Is there any relation between the Bynar and the Borg?

  • They may be distant cousins. Sep 19, 2016 at 17:01

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No, the Borg are not connected to the Bynar. They do share some superficial similarities, but the Borg's technological superiority is based on nanotechnology whereas the Bynars rely on much cruder surgical enhancements.

MONINGER: I believe you're looking at a form of nanotechnology. I found thousands of these in both aliens. They're not just regenerating the damaged tissue, they're repairing the mechanical components as well. As far as I can tell, this arm's as good as new.

DRAKE: The Denobulans have experimented with nanotechnology, but they have nothing like this.

Ent: Regeneration

Dr Phlox, when investigating the Borg comments on the fact that they're not the only civilisation to use tech to improve their biological forms.

PHLOX: There's a species I once encountered in the Beta Magellan system, the Bynars. When they're born, a surgeon removes the child's parietal lobe and replaces it with a synaptic processor. I saw the procedure performed once. It was very impressive.

Ent: Regeneration

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