Guy Gardener wrote:
Departments are people. By "guy in a room" I was meaning that there isn't an AI monitoring every widget on the ship. Harry is monitoring the functions of the ship which are all mostly staffed by people who input towards the data Harry collects on the bridge. Although it's so seamless, that all the little people making the starship work might as well be invisible.
Doesn't matter. If engineering wants some time on the lateral sensors and so does stellar cartography, the demands on the operations officer will be the same, whether each department has ten people or a hundred people.
Because it's two departments in both cases.