The Enterprise orbits Tyrus VIIa to assist the experimental mining project Tyrus Particle 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 experience. Picard allows 48 hours more for Data to help Farallon. After performing efficiently, it suddenly burns out, but 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.
Did You Know?
Data stated to Dr. Farallon that viruses are alive just as she is. Technically, viruses are not alive, even though they can be killed. Viruses are not made of cells, are incapable of homeostasis, and cannot reproduce on their own. They are essentially protein containers with either a DNA, or an RNA payload. See more
[Data enters sickbay when Dr. Crusher is treating her arm after a fighting lesson with Worf
Lt. Commander Data
Doctor... Are you injured?
Doctor Beverly Crusher
Only my pride, Data.
Star Trek: The Next Generation End Credits
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