Star Trek was: you upverted generate!

From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Mon May 08 2000 - 00:20:24 MDT

Harvey Newstrom proffered:

> Not a bad reason for the character. Data was based on the android from "The
> Questor Tapes". As a computer, it made sense not to have emotions.

Actually, quite a few of us Strongly Disagree with the notion that it
"makes sense" that a computer should not have emotions. I suppose it
makes sense from the perspective of much of the OTHER robot science
fiction and literature out there, but that's the full extent to which it
made sense.

Actually, come to think about it, Asimov's robots were often filled with
emotion, and his work represents a significant chunk of what most people
would consider sci-fi AI canon. Of course, his robots had the Laws, so we
can't give him THAT much credit, but he did represent them with fully
human emotions much of the time.


      -unless you love someone-
    -nothing else makes any sense-
           e.e. cummings

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