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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Does Lieutenant Commander Data exercise a true Theory of Mind?

Theory of Mind is subject of interest to psychologists, primatologists, and those interested in artificial intelligence alike. In a nutshell, having a Theory of Mind is indicated by being able to ...
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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ...