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Old April 1 2014, 02:53 PM   #19
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Re: automated ships a good or bad idea?

It al depends on the plot needs. In the final days of the Dominion War the Federation had to deal with orbital weapons platforms- which were very effective automated systems until somebody fooled them into firing at their control hub.
By logic you could build a good fast ship without a crew- no life support, just enough inertial dampeners to keep the hardware from flying loose, no decking (just some Jefferies tubes... Without a crew component you could build specialized attack vessel faster than a fully crewed ship. Use holographic damage control/repair units which could conform to any size/shape needed and provide their own tools...
We have seen in Trek before how things can go wrong with the Human element removed, but it all depends on what story you are trying to tell.
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