Recently I was thinking about what it would be like if a Data actually existed. Of course he's a fictional character and so is his internal workings, but setting that aside for a moment... In TNG we have debates like Measure of a Man, we have the character who didn't want to serve with Data in command etc. It's quite clear that we as the audience are rooting for Data. Playing devil's advocate for a moment, I think in real life it would be much harder to side with a machine. You know all those times where Data's programming is malfunctioning or he's been reprogrammed by Lore? Well in reality I think he would instantly carry out those commands. Meaning he would shoot Geordie or Picard without hesitation if it was in his programming. I also think he would make much more inhuman mistakes. Pushing Crusher off the boat as an attempt at humor is a good example of this, but I think in reality he would make even worse mistakes. His malfunctions would be extremely dangerous to anyone around him as well. Brent Spiner is truly lovable as Data but imagine if a real Data looked slightly inhuman, like the "uncanny valley", where his face or facial movements are just slightly off. It would probably be creepier than Data on the show. What do you guys think, would you be as willing to trust a machine?