Captain Kirk replies to an urgent (yet brief) message from Commodore Enright, which only tells him to report to the nearest space station. Once there, most of the crew is removed - held in a security area, leaving only a minimal skeleton crew on-board. Commodore Bob Wesley arrives, and informs the captain he's the unwitting 'fox in the hunt;' of simulated war games to be played. The purpose? To put the so far only-rumoured-to-exist M-5 Multitronic unit - through its paces. The M-5 computer is the latest invention of the brilliant Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of the Duotronic computer systems, which power Enterprise, and many other high-end systems. Daystrom is confidant his unit can not only take control of the starship, but do a better job than humans can. At first, the Enterprise under M-5's control easily defeats two other starships, but, quickly begins to act independently of its human masters, Daystrom has little interest in disconnecting the M-5 and treats it more like an ...
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A similar question (computer control versus human control) arises for Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap
(1989), in which the Enterprise is caught in an ancient Booby Trap. The Booby Trap presents a situation where, as a ship caught in the trap tries to fly out, the trap absorbs and powers itself from the ship, while reacting to, and counterbalancing, the ship's engines. This counterbalancing prevents the ship caught in the trap from moving. One method of escape from the Booby Trap proposed by the Chief Engineer is to turn complete navigation and engine control over to the computer, and allow it to make the calculations and adjustments faster than the Booby Trap can react to the Enterprise, thereby allowing it to power out of the Booby Trap. In that situation, Picard makes the decision to take the helm himself, instead of allowing the computer to take total control. See more
When Lieutenant Uhura informs Captain Kirk that the M5 had already acknowledged a transmission from Commodore Wesley, her left hand is holding the earpiece in her left ear. As the camera cuts to Kirk for his reaction, her hand is at her side. See more
Captain James T. Kirk
What are you doing here, Bones?
Well, all the sickbay systems are shut down until such time as the M-5 is informed there are patients to be cared for.
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