Questions tagged [star-trek-data]

For questions about Lieutenant Commander Data, a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. Designed and built by Doctor Noonien Soong, Data is a sentient android who serves as the second officer and chief operations officer aboard both the USS Enterprise-D and USS Enterprise-E. Data is in many ways a successor to the original Star Trek's Spock, offering an "outsider's" perspective on humanity. Always use in conjunctionwith the [star-trek] tag.

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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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Does Data need to cut his hair?

There have been various questions about the android Data, how human-like he really is in his needs and behaviour, but none of them address something I started wondering as soon as I first saw him. ...
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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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Did Data murder Lore?

In TNG "Measure of a Man", it is established that Data is a sentient being who enjoys all the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Federation, and this presumably includes the right to a fair trial. ...
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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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Why could Data not use contractions?

I was wondering if there was an explanation for why Data from ST:TNG couldn't use contractions?
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What is Mr. Data's full name?

What is the full official name Doctor Noonien Soong gave to his android (known in ST: TNG as "Data")? Is the entire name simply Data, or is it an acronym?
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How can Data be property of Starfleet?

How is Data Starfleet property? Soong wasn't Starfleet as far as I know, so how can Starfleet declare someone else's property their own? In Measure of a Man Data resigns and will be ruled property of ...
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Does Data “unlearn” things?

As we all know, Data has a photographic memory and can consume vast amounts of information. Assuming his capacity to retain knowledge is finite at some point, does Data purge some unneeded information ...
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Why does The EMH Doctor feel emotion, but Data does not?

Both The Enterprise-D/E's Data, and Voyager's Emergency Medical Hologram, are crew members who are artificial intelligences. In TNG, Data is depicted as being incapable of feeling emotion (at least ...
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How many different Soong robots were there?

Star Trek TNG's Data was an andriod created by Noonien Soong, who was the Albert Einstein of robots. He was a busy guy and I think I can count about 4 total robots. Does anyone know all of the Data-...
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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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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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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 Commander Data's potential wasted on the Enterprise?

Commander Data was a terrific character and Star Trek: The Next Generation would not have been the same show without him. I know that. But, in-universe, wasn't Data's potential and overall ...
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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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Does Data adhere to the Three Laws of Robotics?

I'm trying to think of times when Data broke the 3LR, but I can't think of any outside of the episode of Clues in TNG. But I also don't remember any mention of the 3LR by Data or Soong. Is Data able ...
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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 ...
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Why does Data put on the purple clothes?

After Kivas hits Data with the acid in "The Most Toys" (http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Most_Toys_(episode)), he presents the android with a choice: run around naked, or change into the purple ...
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How can Star Trek: Countdown ever be considered canon?

I've just read this on the Wikipedia article for spaceships named Enterprise: The main setting for the films Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek ...
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What does Data's line at the end of “Ship in a Bottle” mean?

After Picard tricks Moriarty into giving up his control over the Enterprise, the latter continues to exist in a memory module. He and his companion continue to have adventures within this "mini-...
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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 much does Commander Data weigh?

I'm referring to his "typical" weight, as in how much he weighs during his day-to-day activities aboard the Enterprise (minus the pipe).
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Who painted Data's paintings?

Several times in ST:TNG, we see Data painting. While I don't rule out the possibility that these paintings were done by Brent Spiner, I suspect they were either created for the show by someone or ...
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How did Data not know what Aldebaran Whiskey was?

In the TNG episode "Relics" where Scotty returns, Data serves Scotty a glass of a green liquid which he cannot identify. The drink is later identified by Picard as Aldebaran Whiskey, which seems to be ...
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How was the pronunciation of Data decided?

There are at least two ways to pronounce the word "data". How was the pronunciation of Data's name in TNG decided?
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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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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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How much of Data's identity depends upon his hardware?

I recognize that this is likely not answered in TNG, but if any of the books/comics address it, that's fine too. We know that Data can interface with the ship's computer (numerous episodes with Data'...
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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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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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Has Data ever made a joke intentionally (not involuntarily) in the TNG series?

I know Data tried to make Laforge laugh with his Mr. Tricorder parody in Star Trek: Generations Movie when he had this "emotion chip" Aside from this I only know the episode in TNG where Q loses his ...
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What does it say on Data's suitcase? [duplicate]

In the TNG episode "Measure of a Man", we see Data's travel bag opened to show various items of relevance. On it, it appears that Data has some other titles, names, or honorifics. It reads as “Lt....
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Why is Data's uniform gold and not red?

I'm assuming the following for uniforms, Gold is operations (security, science, engineering, etc.), Red is command, Blue is medical. Data seems to have a lot of command responsibilities, and he is ...
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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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Does Data *smell*?

Throughout Star Trek, Data reminds people that he is, in fact, an android. While he doesn't sweat, his artificial skin and hair should have their own scent -- yet it's never remarked on, as far as I ...
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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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Who wrote “Ode to Spot” and Data's other poem?

Who wrote the rather clever poems for the script of "Schisms"? (Title and start unknown) ... Then we sat on the sand for some time and observed How the oceans that cover the world were ...
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Is Data implying that he will hurt Q?

In "Deja Q," the human Q tries to take charge in Engineering, an attempt which greatly annoys Geordi. After Geordi tells Q to shut up, Q angrily states that he will not be spoken to in that manner. ...
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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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How does Data have hair?

Since Data is an inorganic Android, how does he grow organic hair?
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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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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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How can Troi outrank Data?

In the 7th TNG season episode 16 Thine Own Self, Deanna Troi gets promoted to the rank of Commander after passing the "bridge test". When Data hears of this, Troi tells him he can now call her "sir", ...
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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? Data's technology is demonstrated to be somewhat compatible with (and perhaps superior than) the Borg in The Best of Both Worlds, and in ...
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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 does Data not notice the intruder?

In “Timescape,” Troi, Data, and La Forge beam over to the frozen Romulan ship to try to figure out what has gone wrong. While in the engine room, Geordi asks Data (with the Romulan imposter standing ...
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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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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 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, ...