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Old January 27 2009, 12:48 AM   #1
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Why not have a ship full of holograms?

So I just finished watching Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy from Season 6 and damn, what a great episode. It got me thinking how a ship full of holographic crew would fair in deep space.

Pro's:
- Even without a mobile emitter the holographic systems use up a lot less power than life support for biological life forms
- Generally more reliable
- Less fragile than humans
- Can be trained and taught much faster than a biological life form

Con's:
- Computer's memory gets wiped. Game over entire crew.
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Old January 27 2009, 12:54 AM   #2
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

If you think about it you'd only need one crew member.
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Old January 27 2009, 03:16 AM   #3
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

Why bother with holograms. Just make the ship an intelligent probe.
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Old January 27 2009, 03:19 AM   #4
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

Yes, because we all know how the computers on Trek are completely glitch free.
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Old January 27 2009, 06:55 AM   #5
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

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Why bother with holograms. Just make the ship an intelligent probe.
There was an episode of Voyager where Janeway actually commented on that. She said something to the effect of "If the Federation just wanted scientific data they would have sent out a fleet of probes. Starfleet wanted to be out here for us to see it with our own eyes."

Or something to that effect (been a while).
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Old January 27 2009, 08:00 AM   #6
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

And as that Red Dwarf episode showed, the crew would all end up as incredibly snobbish smegheads.
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Old January 27 2009, 11:15 AM   #7
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

If it were a ship full of programmable holograms and just me... oh...



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There was an episode of Voyager where Janeway actually commented on that. She said something to the effect of "If the Federation just wanted scientific data they would have sent out a fleet of probes. Starfleet wanted to be out here for us to see it with our own eyes."

Or something to that effect (been a while).
I think Cpt. Archer said something to that effect as well
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Old January 27 2009, 11:23 PM   #8
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

That is one of the dangers storywise by making The Doctor and other holograms too advanced. I remember having my doubts when The Doctor got that emitter. The next step is a ship full of holograms and how fun is that?
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Old January 28 2009, 03:06 AM   #9
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

VulcanGuy wrote: View Post
So I just finished watching Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy from Season 6 and damn, what a great episode. It got me thinking how a ship full of holographic crew would fair in deep space.

Pro's:
- Even without a mobile emitter the holographic systems use up a lot less power than life support for biological life forms
- Generally more reliable
- Less fragile than humans
- Can be trained and taught much faster than a biological life form

Con's:
- Computer's memory gets wiped. Game over entire crew.
Watch "Flesh & Blood".
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Old January 28 2009, 03:57 AM   #10
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Re: Why not have a ship full of holograms?

I'd find an crew of holograms entirely boring.

I love these fanwanks that have EMHs, ETHs(Tactical), EWTFHs... seriously.

It's supposed to be the Human adventure. Supplement it with AI characters
or in-Universe, crewmembers. But never forget it's our experience, not just
a computers.
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Old January 29 2009, 06:23 AM   #11
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OT: I just realized in one of the Shatner novels he does have a ship that has an entirely holographic crew minus the Captain.
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Old January 29 2009, 06:47 AM   #12
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On Red Dwarf they met a completely holographic crew, but all they did was have sex with each other all day and night.
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Old February 3 2009, 01:27 AM   #13
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You need at least one in engineering to do repairs when there are radiation/temperature extremes and you don't have time to put on protective gear.
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Old February 14 2009, 07:00 PM   #14
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Odon wrote: View Post
And as that Red Dwarf episode showed, the crew would all end up as incredibly snobbish smegheads.
LMAO!!!
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Old February 14 2009, 11:15 PM   #15
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Why bother with holograms. Just make the ship an intelligent probe.
But you know what happens every time they send out one of those probes!

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