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I would say the answer is as simple as an intimidation factor... From the primary canon, we see Emperor Palpatine use the same technique in The Empire Strikes Back. He wanted to project himself larger than life even though Darth Vader has known the Emperor for years. A bit of EWAG speculation... the viewer does not have to control over the scale of the ...


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Don't forget, sometimes holograms are one-way recordings (as was Leia's) and sometimes they are two-way interactions (as with Snoke). In Leia's case, you can see she's looking down. Why? Because she was looking at R2. It would be both easy and convenient for Luke and Obi-Wan to view a small-scale, because it doesn't affect Leia one bit since it was a ...


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Why is Data so “unique”? He's an android Your other example is a ship's computer, and they are absolutely huge. This is what the core of Voyager's computer looks like (from Concerning Flight) compared to a normal person: And the Enterprise's computer is shown to be a huge room where the walls are the computer cores in Evolutions: This is made even more ...


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The EMH is a solid hologram, which is designed to have the same solidity and haptic appearance as a human; this is done by the use of tractor beams. If the doctor touches you, it is supposed to feel like a human touch. If he grabs a phaser, the phaser is supposed to be lifted as if a human hand had grabbed it. So logically, if a bullet hits the doctor, ...


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TV Canon Within the main TV canon, the boy is never mentioned again, nor are there any obvious references within the episode to what happened or why he has a son other than that... "...it's a long story." EU canon A longer explanation is found within the short story "Eighteen Minutes" written by Terri Osborne and found in the Distant Shores anthology ...


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This was in the film Star Trek: First Contact, not to be confused with an episode with a similar name. Holographic EMH medics don't exist in the TNG series because they were invented (by the writers) for the Voyager TV series. That being said, Doctor Crusher appeared in TNG in hologram form in TNG: Ship in a Bottle. In ...


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The earliest I can think of (though there are likely others) is Foundation, published in 1951. Hari Selden appears several times as a holographic recording, warning the populace of impending crises. However, I'm pretty sure the word hologram is actually used in the book, so the thing to figure out might be who coined the word and when.


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This sounds like Xenosaga Episode I: Der Wille zur Macht. (Each episode is named after a work by Nietsche, and there are many more allusions to religion and philosophy.) It was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2002–3. The cover art shows the robot KOS-MOS, who was specially designed to fight the "Gnosis" (monsters are invulnerable to normal weapons and ...


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"Shadow Show", a 1953 novelette by Clifford D. Simak; first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, November 1953, available at the Internet Archive. If you read it in English, in hard covers, in the 1980s, I think it must have been in Simak's 1956 collection Strangers in the Universe. Synopsis from Wikipedia: A colony of scientists ...


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It's a "light bee" that generates Rimmer, essentially it floats "inside" him. Here is it floating (source Red Dwarf Props): Here's Lister holding it (source wikipedia): Originally it was soft light, but it was upgraded by Legion in the episode "Legion" (Series 6, Episode ") Here is Legion holding it during the upgrade (source Red Dwarf Props): And a ...


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Only Moriarty gained sentience through a glitch, or rather a poorly-thought request to the computer. The Doctor achieved it through time, when his program far exceeded the designed running time and with some coaching from the crew. Vic Fontaine was specifically programmed with knowledge of his status as a hologram, but he doesn't seem any more sentient than ...


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Data is judged to be a sentient being. The quality of holographic personalities is a bit uneven. http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Minuet In Season 1, Episode 14. 11001001 the Binars create Minuet to ensnare Riker. RIker finds her personality totally believable but it is implied in the episode that this is because the Binars are controlling her. When their ...


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I'm not sure whether there is a canon answer, but I can think of one rather simple reason. Projecting starmaps This is, in fact, exactly what R2-D2 used its hologram system for in The Force Awakens. Indeed, there is ample evidence from the films that droids frequently pilot spacecraft: ...including R2D2 in particular. After all, the R2 series are ...


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On several occasions we see Rimmer moving around the ship without the (evident) use of his light bee, strongly suggesting that the projection is remote rather than local. Notably in the episode Thanks for the Memory he uses a 'Hologramatic Projection Cage' (see below) when his light bee is unavailable. It therefore seems perfectly plausible that this same ...


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This was likely Xenosaga Episode I, which came out on the Playstation 2 in 2002. The opening of the game features an alien attack on a spaceship. The aliens are called the Gnosis, and are completely intangible, phasing right through walls and bulkheads, ignoring regular weapons, and yet still completely able to kill. The main characters are a scientist ...


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The Doctor is perfectly capable of making small (or even large) changes to his outward appearance but not simply with an 'act of will'. He still seems to needs to use a voice-controlled terminal in order to make the changes. In the episode "Renaissance Man", the Doctor commands the ship to download a series of holo-templates to his program in order to ...


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Obviously, the benchmark to beat is 1974 when Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Practical Joker", introduced the holodeck. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holography#Holography_in_fiction: The Carpathian Castle (1893 novel by Jules Verne) the plot revolves around prima donna La Stilla, represented at the times of the events as a projected image....


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You raise a good point. Maybe we need to suggest that the emanator is not the only part of the equipment. Perhaps K also wears some small item, like a tiny camera or two, that are linked to the emanator and we never see a reference to them. They could be static on him. Maybe the emanator can link to any open available broadcasting sensor device. It is, ...


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They didn't beam him over. They transferred his program. I think the misunderstanding here has to do with the belief that he was beamed over. This wasn't the case: KIM: The holograms are tapping into the Sickbay emitters. They're trying to transfer the Doctor's program off the ship! What they accomplished was more akin to hacking into Voyager's ...


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No, and the earliest "holodecks" were the nursery in "The Veldt" and the Surprise Chamber in Moscow-Cassiopeia. Interestingly, something akin to the holodeck first appeared in the episode "The Practical Joker" of Star Trek: The Animated Series in 1974, 13 years before TNG. That being said, Ray Bradbury's 1951 book The ...


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If you look at holograms during the Clone Wars and even during the Empire period, the image feed frequently receives static. This suggests the possibility that hologram technology isn't perfected yet, or at least the good ones are near-prohibitively expensive. Hologram technology may still be in the same phase of their history as when we were transiting from ...


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the mobile emitter actually contained the doctors program as well as a hard light holographic projector the mini holograms we see in TNG are basically framed pictures that just happen to use holograms instead of film


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To your question about intentionally creating a new lifeform/sentient in the holodeck I might suggest the character of Minuet as the closest possibility. Prior to the program's initiation, the holodeck had been upgraded by the Bynars and it was immediately clear that Minuet was different from any other holodeck character. In this case the Bynar's ...


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The script indicates that Vic recorded the recordings onto a station-issue isolinear rod. BASHIR: Did you get a chance to make those audio recordings for me? Vic nods and reaches into his jacket pocket, takes out an isolinear rod. The Siege of AR-558 - Screenplay Given that Vic apparently has access to the holosuite controls, it's likely that Bashir left ...


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The only thing that made Data truly unique is the fact that he is in Starfleet. His brother, also built by Soong, is off doin' his thing and is also self-conscious. The Doc is forced to serve in the Starfleet by his programming. The Enterprise may be able to generate the intelligent beings, but it's a much larger computer. Data does that all in his own ...


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We have instances in the show where the Doctor even shows how he can manipulate the force fields which hold him in place and allow him interaction with objects. On one occasion (Star Trek Voyager, Season 1, Episode 5) (thanks to Kyle Kanos for the link), the EMH has Paris try and hit him after pressing a button on a control panel to alter the force field ...


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One thing that is not mentioned elsewhere in the answers so far is that Data does not have any apparent power source. In no Star Trek film or television is Data ever shown to be receiving power from an external source in order to recharge some energy storage device. If we assume by Occam's Razor that Data is not ever shown "recharging" because Data doesn't ...


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You don't really have light sources which are all that broad spectrum- each is associated with a particular temperature dictated by the technology. The technology of holograms remains one of light projection, and blue light is clearly the color associated with the illuminator associated with that technology. Taking this a little further, given that there ...


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Well, they left out the part where he was likely gay. Not that it had bearing on the plot. Did they talk about him being a vegetarian? Also he worked collaboratively A LOT. This whole image of him alone in his studio--for the day, that was just weird. The dude was EXTREMELY social--always at parties, dinner, and social events. He knew everyone, and worked ...


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In VOY Blink of an Eye he is given a new program to be able to change his appearance to fit in when he is sent down to the planet to investigate.


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