The Enterprise orbits Tyras 71 to assist the experimental mining project Tyrant Partical Fountain, which Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge must evaluate for Starfleet. Dr. Farallon demonstrates the Exocomp, a revolutionary power grid repair device needed to keep the fountain operational, which creates its own tools and learns from its obstacle experience. Picard allows 48 hours more for Data to help Farallon. After performing efficiently, it suddenly burns out, later self-repairs. Data realizes this only makes sense as a self-preservation move, and therefore hopes it's now a living machine, like himself; the theory is tested... Written by
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Having all the charisma of central heating units, the Exocomps were anthropomorphized as the story passed through several scriptwriters. In Naren Shankar
's script, they were changed to look like mobile shoebox units. But they just wound up looking like footballs wearing trainers, according to the design department. When Jonathan Frakes
elected to direct, they gained little dips and hesitations in movement, rather then just R2D2-like beeps and wheezes to denote emotion and thought. See more
Data states that he is considered "alive". Actually he is not. He is considered sentient and has human rights but he is not biologically alive. See more
[Data has theorized that the exocomps might have a survival instinct
You're anthropomorphizing these units. Like any mechanical devices, they occasionally malfunction. One time I saw an exocomp enter a reaction chamber for no apparent reason and vaporize itself. Is that supposed to make me think it was depressed and suicidal?
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