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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any information about Data after Nemesis?

In the last movie of TNG's generation, "Nemesis", near the end in the Scimitar (Shinzon's ship)... spoilers ahead... Earlier in the movie the team discovers B-4, a prototype android constructed by ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 smell?

It's pretty clear Data can see, hear, and feel stimuli; in fact his sight is better than the average humanoid's. But what about his olfactory abilities? Can he smell or taste anything?
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 want to be human?

If Data cannot be happy or sad, why does he try to be more human and is wanting an emotion?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Has any command structure officer ever given an order to a superior (in terms of rank) officer?

After reading this question, I started to think who will be superior in terms of giving orders: Lt. Commander Data (as the second officer of USS Enterprise D) or Dr Beverly Crusher (Commander and CMO),...
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Does anyone perform routine maintenance on Data?

On the Enterprise-D, the Engineering department try to make sure that most (if not all) machinery are working efficiently by conducting routine checks and maintenance. Data is also technically a ...
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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' for her (of some ...
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How did Picard send a binary message to Data in the future?

In the Star Trek TNG episode "Times Arrow", parts one and two, recall the following: Data's head was found in an excavation on Earth that dates from the 19th century (it actually is Data's head). ...
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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 dust/dirt)...
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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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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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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 ...