Aside from Commander Data and Lore being the only android we have seen (and some earlier prototypes), and since the Borg do not qualify as being androids, are there any fully sentient android race in Star Trek Universe, either in Canon or non-Canon?

  • Data also has a sentient brother named Lore. – coleopterist Jan 8 '13 at 17:59
  • Sorry, I knew that. I was just referring if a race existed. :) – The Byzantine Jan 8 '13 at 18:02
  • There's one later Soong-type android that no one - not even the ship's scanners - could differentiate from a human. Only Data had any suspicions. At least until her arm broke off. – Izkata Jan 9 '13 at 0:01

The definition of artificial life is a hot button topic in the Federation. Some people see them merely as tools, while others see them as full fledged life forms. However, to answer your question, there are a couple of example of groups of androids that have been seen in Star trek. Whether they qualify as sentient races, however, is a question for the philosophers. Note that Data is not the only Soong type android we see.

Memory-Alpha as lists of self-aware machines and programs, but there are a few notable examples that come to my mind.

Special mentions (not androids, but sentient artificial life nonetheless).

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  • And all the holograms ("photonic life-forms") of the Lokirrim, they're as sentient - if not moreso - than Moriarty – Izkata Jan 9 '13 at 0:03
  • Oh, and the Exocomps, once each one achieves it – Izkata Jan 9 '13 at 0:06
  • @Izkata Do we ever meet a Lokirrim photonic life form? – Xantec Jan 9 '13 at 1:57
  • Wait, not Lokirrim. I was looking for a different VOY episode and got the two confused. There was group of renegade holograms that stole a ship and tried to convert the Doctor in one of the episodes... EDIT: VOY 7x09/7x10, Flesh and Blood, whereas the Lokirrim was VOY 7x07, Body and Soul. Flesh and Blood is fairly significant in that, like Moriarty, they came from Federation technology. – Izkata Jan 9 '13 at 2:48
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    It seems that Federation technology is quite good at spawning unintended artificial life. – Xantec Jan 9 '13 at 20:42


Memory Alpha has a full list, including:

  • Voyager: "Prototype" had Automated Personnel Units

  • Exo III type androids (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?)

For non-canon, the lists is at Memory Beta, and includes:

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