At most, B-4 might be able to grow to the point of being a functional child with occasional flashes of Data's memory. And I think that's potentially a hell of a lot more interesting than resurrecting Data.
Interesting note: As I have stated before, I've written a number of short stories, which I had intended to send to Strange New Worlds
. Alas, this was not to be.
Anyway, my final short story (as of now) was a post-Nemesis
tale, focusing on B-4, and the true beginning of his growth. (As I recall, it involves Geordi and Leah Brahms --not to mention Barclay....) Actually, I treated this growth much like Chris is suggesting.
Proof once again of the ol' saying: Great Minds Think Alike.
"The saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia.... 'Needs and abilities' are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to 'the State shall take, the State shall give'."