At Starbase 173, the crew have a bit of leave. Data learns some of the intricacies of playing poker while Captain Picard runs into an old friend of a sort, Captain Phillipa Louvois, who established a new JAG office at the base. She once prosecuted him, unsuccessfully, but there is admiration at least, on both sides. Problems arise however when Commander Bruce Maddox receives permission to disassemble Data to determine how he functions. When Data expresses doubts about Maddox's likelihood of success, he refuses to undergo the procedure and resigns his commission. He soon finds himself the center of a judicial inquiry to determine if he is just a machine and a piece of property or a sentient being who has the right to make his own decisions. Captain Louvois finds herself sitting in judgment with Captain Picard defending Data's claim against Commander Riker who is forced to present the opposing arguments. Written by
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Data's storage capacity is stated as 800 quadrillion bits. In modern terms, this equates to 88.818 pebibytes (PiB), or more simply, 100,000 terabytes (TB). See more
When Data is made to bend the rod of steel during his hearing, he bends it almost right in half with a kink at the top where it is bent and there is no more than an inch between each side. When Riker places the bent steel on the table, it is clearly bent in an arch by machine, likely a pipe-bender, with a much larger gap and has no kink were it is bent. It barely resembles the piece Data bent by hand. See more
Captain Phillipa Louvois
I'm glad you felt you could... well, come to me.
The word 'trust' just isn't in your vocabulary, is it? Good try, nine out of ten for effort!
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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