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September 14 2010, 10:11 PM
Re: Data/Immortal Coil
Therin of Andor wrote:
Christopher said: "As I've said before, I can't quite buy the idea that B-4 was built
those other three prototypes."
Or Dr Soong was numbering backwards, like a countdown to the perfect one?
IIRC, the novel makes no mention of what the other three prototypes look like. Yes, they may just be brains, or crude armatures. Have you ever seen the model of Leonardo da Vinci's crude wooden android?
My central point is not about the bodies but about the minds. We know of three other prototypes prior to Lore; thus if B-4 were the fourth, that would make him the one right before Lore, and I can't accept that because he's far too primitive.
And I don't buy the "Vista" explanation. Whatever its faults, Vista was a sophisticated piece of software. B-4 was a Commodore 64. He was like something that was mainly a prototype for the body with only the most basic mental functions included. He strikes me very much as a first draft, not a fourth draft.
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