Earl Grey 63: Does Data Dream of Positronic Sheep / by Darren Moser

AI in the 24th Century.

The Original Series is filled with the twenty-third century crew encountering robots, androids, and god-like computers. In the twenty-fourth century, artificial intelligence still surprises Starfleet's flagship, falling under the category of "new life and new civilizations."

In the episode of Earl Grey, Darren, Daniel, and Phillip discuss The Next Generation's episodes that feature Soong-type androids, Starfleet's computer systems (LCARS), holographic intelligence ("Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle"), and machines that grow beyond their original programming ("Evolution" and "The Quality of Life"). What is the definition of life? How does artificial intelligence in TNG challenge that definition? Join us as we tackle these issues.

Running Time: 53 minutes 20 seconds


Daniel Proulx, Phillip Gilfus, and Darren Moser

Editor and Producer

Darren Moser

Associate Producer

Will Nguyen


Data: Encounter at Farpoint (00:03:09)
Lore: Brothers (00:06:45)
Lal: The Offspring (00:10:36)
The Computer: Emergence (00:17:00)
Minuet: 11001001  (00:25:51)
Moriarty: Ship in a Bottle (00:31:02)
Exocomps: Quality of Life (00:39:11)
Nanites: Evolution (00:44:31)
Closing (00:46:14)

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