King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
The issue in "Latent Image" wasn't from the Doc's original programming, but because he was left on and allowed to grow for many years. He SHOULD have been fine picking someone at random, but since he'd grown to know and liked someone better and chose them, the conflict arose.
I guess, but it seems like an example in Trek, like in "I, Borg" where the writers seem to think that a computer program or AI will just have break downs over relatively minor things that shouldn't really trip up a program.
Missing the point.
The EMH would have this issue if he was becoming sentient.
The dilemma isn't a computer one, it's a human emotional one. Dealing with death isn't a minor issue for anyone.