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Data's Mortality

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Report this Jan. 20 2011, 11:21 pm

I have often pondered what life would be like as an android not unlike Data. Through his journey toward humanity, there have been a couple of times that Data was faced with his own mortality and the question of how far it stretched. The question was ultimately answered by his heroic death in Star Trek: Nemesis. (I still cry. A lot. A whole tissue box.) But what if Data hadn't died in Nemesis (Putting aside the possibility that B4 could evolve into Data himself.) What if he had lived and, as he so eloquently put in the episode 'Time's Arrow', outlived his friends only to make new ones to outlive? How would this have helped or eroded his quest for humanity then? Would it break him down as he faced eternity and the vicious cycle of life and death around him? Would he find love over and over only to watch it slip away? (I dread the thought...) Or would he continue on as he always has with the wonder and curiosity we all fell in love with? What do you think?


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Report this Jan. 20 2011, 11:38 pm

There is also the question of technological advancement. Of course data would still be considered a technological marvel but would he still be considered advanced. Especially when you think of how the future was described in the Voyager series about scanning space time and time travel. had data lived that long how would he have been viewed? just something else to think about.


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Report this Jan. 21 2011, 4:07 am

Interesting questions! Something to ponder about...

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Report this Jan. 26 2011, 4:18 pm

Another question would be. With his long life span would Data after seeing so many of his friends past over the centuries(we can presume he would last that long) and with all his growth as an individual during this time. Would he reach the stage to self terminate? Having evolved to such a level that he would want to go to the next final step in the human experience?

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Report this Mar. 01 2011, 5:46 pm

Who knows.  Maybe he would have made more like him, like Lal.  Maybe there would be a whole race after a bit...


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Report this Mar. 01 2011, 8:02 pm

very very intriguing!! *ponders*



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Report this Mar. 01 2011, 10:48 pm

I think he would get very lonely after a while, but I agree he would probably try to create more like him and Lal (I also agree with the self terminate possibility) I hate that he died but in a way the fact that he can die makes him more human.


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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 4:13 am

Ok ok.  So the whole meaning of his exsistance was to be come human.. when he obtained that would he have felt meaninless? 


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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 6:17 am

hmm im thinking the LAL way...she was very human and that is what he desired



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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 8:58 am

I read Isaac Asimov's "The Positronic Man" about a decade ago. My memory is a little blurry, but it seemed as though Data's character was based largely on that theme. In the book, a stray servile robot is found to have a spark of sentience, which gradually evolves into a being of wondrous creativity, skill and heart. He constantly upgrades himself over time... eventually, finding a way to incorporate himself into a body that is truly human, or as near as one could possibly achieve. As with that character, I'd like to think that Data would have, in time, somehow, found a way to join humanity in every sense of the word, including growing old and, perhaps... meeting us all in an eternity beyond.


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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 10:20 am

Eventually he would become obsolete, when that time comes and he is "retired" he would then be free to do............what? Paint and raise cats?


 

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Report this Mar. 02 2011, 10:40 am

All interesting questions. Seeing as no human has lived forever, it would be difficult for a fiction writer to answer. Eventually I think he would encounter the "Q" issue, that is having experienced everything, he would want to die. 


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