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They could be verification chips a part of computer security that allows picard to decript specific codes for officers each that has a level that they can decript up to like an enription key used by the us military


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Main canon. This device is never mentioned again in any of the shows or films and neither are the Zalkonians. For all intents and purposes, their existence is contained within this one episode, in much the same way that we never hear about the Douwd again. The original screenplay doesn't offer anything more than what we see on screen; Sunad nods to a ...


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Portability Most of the AIs seen in Star Trek are housed in starship Main Computers. The ship's computer AI is (obviously) housed in the Main Computer. The Holodeck characters that gained spontaneous emergent intelligence (Moriarity, Fairhaven etc) are all constructed by the ship's Main Computer. Though Moriarity is eventually transferred to a portable ...


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An additional thought stemming from lucasbachmann's answer is that while they are of comparable sentience the EMH requires (at least prior to the mobile emitter attained via time travel, and the federation probably has rules about trying to research items attained from the future) an entire ship's computer, while data is mobile in his own right.


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The Enterprise computer accidentally became self-aware while Data was still on-board. The holodeck accidentally created a self-aware Moriarty when Geordi asked it to create an opponent that could beat Data. Data himself discovered a group of maintenance robots that had accidentally become self-aware on Tyrus VIIa . So, even ignoring the Emergency Medical ...


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Data is an engineering marvel in terms of his body and his brain being beyond state of the art nanotechnology that federation science can't duplicate. The EMH or Moriarty the original sentient hologram are just brute force consequences of computer power and programming with a mundane holographic interface. So basically the self awareness that should have ...


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Mostly, this is just a plot hole. This TrekMovie article has most of the information you need, but I'll also give some informational quotes (that basically summarizes it): One of the major bits of technology introduced in Star Trek: The Next Generation – and seen throughout the 24th century Trek shows – was replicators. These handy devices could make almost ...


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The closest any episode comes to exploring the Crusher-Picard love interest was the episode Attached. Picard and Crusher are captured and neurally linked. When Crusher picks up on Picard's thoughts, he admits he had feelings for her and, after an awkward conversation, they lie next to each other to rest. He never says he "always loved her", but ...


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At the time of that pic above, Pike had been made Captain. Marcus is an Admiral. Kirk had been demoted in position but no one really stated that he had been demoted in rank (and unlikely given he had served with distinction in the first movie). It was even a greater (strange) inconsistency when Admiral Pike (at the time) questioned Kirk's maturity (after ...


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I believe the way the enhanced Reginald Barclay brings the Enterprise-D to the planet of the Cytherians in the TNG epispode "The N'th Degree" counts as folding space (though I do not believe they explicitly call it that).


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Yes, there are various alternate methods of travel depicted in the Star Trek universe which fit the general characteristic of near-instantaneous jumps across interstellar distances. There have been several depicted in the various shows. How many, really depends on how broad your criteria are. The Spore drive from Star Trek: Discovery A very close match to ...


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And the Iconians did too with their gateways. In Star Trek Online some of their gateways are in space so can be used by ships similar to wormholes


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The Sikarians (as seen in VOY: Prime Factors) have a device called a 'spatial trajector' which operates on the principle of folding space in order to travel vast distances instantly. KIM: That platform. It's a transportation device. Extremely sophisticated. It operates on the principle of folding space. JANEWAY: That's something that's been theorised, but ...


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We know, at least, that he is less than 2m tall. From Nemesis: PICARD: So I'm not as tall as you expected? SHINZON: I had always hoped I would be two metres. PICARD: As had I. Source


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I vaguely remember an episode of TNG where a Starfleet ship was hailed and that person addressed himself as the captain of that vessel, however, the rank on his collar was that of a commander. I'm not quiet sure which episode it was but I'm 75% positive I saw it. Now, whether or not he was the highest senior officer or just filling in for him, I don't know, ...


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I don't believe Picard's exact height has ever been specified in any of the TV episodes or movies, but I think we can safely conclude that neither he, nor other humans from his era, are especially tall compared to humans from ours, based on various instances where characters from the 22nd-24th centuries have interacted with those from the 19th-21st centuries....


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In the TV show, Picard was 5'9", the same as Patrick Stewart. I suspect that the alien is just rounding, saying "about two meters" instead of "about 1.75 meters".


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Well, development of Warp Drive implies that a civilization reached a technological and social level where it seems that it could be capable of 'coping' with the realities of other alien civilizations existing... but as it was seen in TNG episode 'First Contact' (yes, TNG episode, not the movie with the same title), an alien society sometimes reaches the ...


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Dilithium Crystals are used to regulate mater/anti-matter reaction onboard starships. However, in First Contact, there is no direct evidence that the Phoenix used them... but it DID have a matter-antimatter power generation: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Phoenix At one point during the writing of First Contact, the writers of the film considered what ...


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No, they were not. Star Trek Picard makes that explicit. USS Voyager made it back to Earth in 2378. As shown in Picard, around 2385 (Picard is set in 2399), Ramdha was among the Zhat Vash agents exposed to the Admonition, which drove her insane (PIC:"Broken Pieces"). Sometime after that, but still in the 2380s, she was aboard the Tal Shiar scout ...


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It could be that various script writers introduced inconsistencies into the setting over the decades. But that's breaking the fourth wall, so consider: We know that in 2375 Joseph Sisko operated a restaurant. This restaurant was large enough to keep least three people more-or-less busy. While operating the restaurant might have been a kind-of-hobby for ...


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The main difference here is that the Borg Queen (in final episode of Voyager) was destroyed at the Borg Unicomplex (with the entire Unicomplex as well)... where Queens tend to be manufactured/replaced. Future Janeway introduced a very deadly neurolithic pathogen (probably the same one which Icheb produced) at the heart of the Collective... This would likely ...


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There were only 2 Borg drones which were retrieved from the wreckage (who probably achieved neural connection to each other upon regaining consciousness). They only managed to assimilate a small/unsuspecting research team at the Arctic along with the Arctic transport. The Borg were described to not do anything single-handedly... besides, they tried to ...


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In early TNG (Season 1, Episode Angel One, I think it was established that only Starfleet personnel are bound by the Prime Directive). Federation citizens however, might not be bound by the PD: Captain's log, stardate 41636.9. As feared, our examination of the seven year overdue Federation freighter, Odin, disabled by an asteroid collision, revealed no ...


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Unless a SF vessel is cut off from Starfleet and the Federation at large, I would say 'no'. But, the Prime Directive would apply either way because its something SF officers usually live by (its their sworn oath)... I don't think it matters whether they are in their own universe or not. If a ship is cut off from Starfleet/Federation an in another universe, I ...


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Memory Alpha mentions that some people simply objected to replicators, either because they felt that they made people complacent or that they couldn't produce the best food. One of these objectors was Picard's brother, who most likely had an interest in the Picard estate shown on-screen or perhaps his own farm. Earth in the 24th century is post-scarcity, so ...


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Based on City on the Edge of Forever: the Enterprise disappeared when history changed. Only the landing party was spared due to the Guardian's local timeline protection. DS9 "Time's Orphan" old Molly disappeared after she sent young Molly back - which made old Molly impossible. DS9 "Children of Time" the descendants of the crashed ...


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Technological similarity can be explained in several ways: Subspace technology - in Trek universe at least, this seems prerequisite for development of Faster than Light propulsion technology (which mostly manifests in the form of Warp drive). This gives you a 'baseline technology' which enables different technological paths, but still relatively similar to ...


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Data mentioned '12.75 billion gigawatts per...' and got cut off by the alarm at that point. The script was supposed to say 'per second' however. Power generation has been a little inconsistent in Trek (ok by quite a bit and probably because at the time when they created the show, the writers thought those would be very big numbers - but they forgot about ...


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It may be worth noting that Lithium crystals were what was said in dialog in the first episodes of Star Trek "Where No Man has Gone Before" for example. It was later that it was turned into science fiction with fictional Dilithium. And further one only needs dilithium if you are heating the warp plasma with an antimatter reaction. If the plasma ...


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A four pip admiral is a rank. A five pip is an award like a citation. The award is often given for political reasons. So it makes sense that Clancy would be 5 and Picard would be 4. Four pip can be the cammander and Chief of the entire fleet.


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Cochrane didn't need dilithium to use as the power source for his warp experiment. He used a 'nuclear power core' to create the energy required. The nuclear core in the missile: it was the same fuel his theoretical warp engine required, was it not? Why not beat that damned sword into a plowshare and use the bomb to make an actual ship that he could test? ......


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I'm not very familiar with Bajoran culture because I've not had the opportunity to finish DS9, and I watched it some years ago. However, after doing a little research, I found that Wikipedia has some good information: The structure was comparable to that of an Earth army, with similar ranks. Bajoran officers were organized by divisional specialty, wearing ...


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The biggest and only was for the scene with B-4 in the draw at the Daystrom Institute. Star Trek: Picard Prop Master Jeff Lombardi talks about it this official video (section begins at 2:24). I'm assuming this was from Nemesis. He also mentions a lot of the real props were auctioned off long ago.


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The episode TNG: Lower Decks gives us a fair idea of what the ship's junior officers and civilians know. It seems to boil down to a mix of publicly given orders, official announcements, reasoned speculation and straight-up gossip. Orders: Various crew members are given orders on the Main Bridge (helm, location, heading, etc), Main Engineering (transporter ...


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In Voyager "Distant Origin" (S3 E23), two Voth scientists are on Voyager, cloaked. One mentions something about the smell, and the other says "they are mammals" dismissively (or, perhaps, just accepting that as part of field work). So in the sense that human odor has been mentioned before, the strict answer is "yes".


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It seems this hasn't been mentioned yet? In 2012, MIT developed a needle-free drug injector, which is similar in function to the Star Trek hypospray http://news.mit.edu/2012/needleless-injections-0524


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A little tenuous, but Scientists use the humble slime mould to map the universe's cosmic web has overtones of the Mycelial network from Discovery. What do a single-celled slime mold and outer space have in common? Enough, it turns out, that researchers were able to use the behavior of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to develop an algorithm to map the ...


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Universal translator No one in Star Trek ever had trouble communicating between aliens from the other side of the galaxy. With advances in both speech recognition and language translation, the ability to translate languages in real time is tech that is available now. Only remaining obstacle is just to miniaturize the device such that it can be implanted in ...


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Voice-computer interface. "Computer" on ST is now "Hey, Siri" (or similar). Wearable computer interfaces: Combadges in ST, Apple Watch now. Holodecks are being approached, to a small degree, with VR technology. Kinda depends on what you mean by technology being "realized." (Remember seeing a holodeck on TNG for the first time? ...


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And another: CD/DVD Mr. Atoz's library disks (TOS: "All Our Yesterdays") look almost exactly like a largish CD/DVD or smallish laserdisk.


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And another... Phasers Or, to be more specific, directed electrical shock weapons using, as the conducting medium, air ionised by laser (laser-induced plasma channel), aka electrolasers. As with the original hand phaser, they can be set to deliver incapacitating or lethal shocks, though the setting where the target freezes in place, glows red, then ...


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Harry has the Night Watch regularly, but not nightly. We can look at at TNG and modern naval practices can give some idea of what a watch rotation might look like. In TNG 6x10: Chain of Command, Part 1, we learn that the Enterprise operates on three duty shifts when Captain Jellico changes it to four. The Enterprise crew, or at least Riker, is resistant to ...


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A couple of additional entries not mentioned so far: Wireless Earbuds Once again, it looks like the modern version is better: Hull Plating/Shields The United States Ford Class supercarrier has enough power to support Dynamic Armor. Dynamic Armor uses a strong electric field to disrupt the jet of ionized gas produced by a warhead.


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Cell phones In 1966, the idea you could whip something out the size of a pack of cards and talk to people on it was wild beyond belief. Yet that's what the communicator did. And Kirk even got a flip phone! Mobile radios existed, but they were massive due to their poor batteries in that era. Nowadays we all tend to have a cell phone we can whip out and talk ...


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Hate to despoil the trek mythos, but in the The Next Generation sequel series before Discovery and Picard, the main visual difference was that the Romulan brow was more prominent. Watch the visual differences between enterprises T'pol and TNG's Romulan captain Picard plays chess with so often, Tomulok. Vulcans only look different to humans by the ears whilst ...


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In this case, the logical conclusion is that the 'Emissary' of the prophets is certainly an extremely valuable strategic tool for the Federation to hold, and one that they never use and actively refrain from encouraging. This is not technically true. In "Sacrifice of Angels" (episode 6x06, DS9), Sisko convinces the Prophets to destroy a large ...


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The Prophets don't care about the Federation. They warn Sisko of threats to Bajor. In his role as "The Emissary", Sisko is (in effect) acting as an Ambassador between two non-Federation races. Admiral Ross' objections might reduce considerably if Bajor joined the Federation, but Starfleet's Ambassadors are still shown as separate from their ...


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After prompting from a couple of users to make my comment an answer The goal is not merely to force Worf to yield, but to break him both physically and especially psychologically. It is not enough for the Jem'Haddar in this context to simply execute, else they would have already done that. This cage match is to demonstrate utter superiority and dominance, as ...


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12 Constitution Class Starships: USS Constitution. NCC-1700 USS Enterprise. NCC-1701 Flagship of Starfleet Command USS Farragut. NCC-1702 USS Lexington. NCC-1703 USS Yorktown. NCC-1704 USS Excalibur. NCC-1705 USS Exeter. NCC-1706 USS Hood. NCC-1707 USS Intrepid. NCC-1708 Vulcan Crew USS Valiant. NCC-1709 USS Kongo. NCC-1710 USS Potemkin. NCC-1711 Other ...


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