Discussion in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' started by LeadHead, Feb 27, 2013.
Haftel: That's not satisfactory. If mistakes are made, the damage that's done might be irreparable.
PICARD: I'm convinced the damage will be irreparable if they're separated.
HAFTEL: Captain, are we talking about breaking up a family? Isn't that rather a sentimental attitude about androids?
PICARD: They're living, sentient beings. Their rights and privileges in our society have been defined. I helped define them.
HAFTEL: Yes, Captain, and I am more than willing to acknowledge that. What you must acknowledge is that Lal may be a technological step forward in the development of artificial intelligence.
PICARD: A most significant step.
HAFTEL: Yes, and work like this demands to be done with controlled procedures.
PICARD: Which Commander Data is following.
HAFTEL: In effective isolation. And that is what Starfleet Research finds unacceptable.
DATA: So Lal now possesses the sum of my programming.
HAFTEL: Her neural nets are laid down identically to yours?
DATA: There do seem to be some variations on the quantum level. She can use contractions. I cannot.
HAFTEL: An aberration. What have you done about this?
DATA: I have maintained records on positronic matrix activity, behavioral norms, and all verbal patterns. I have seen no evidence of other aberrations.
PICARD: It would seem you've actually improved upon yourself, Data.
DATA: Is that not the goal of every parent, sir?
HAFTEL: But as a good father, don't you think it would be better, especially in light of this new aberration, if Lal were close to people trained in diagnostic and evaluative procedures?
DATA: I am programmed with the procedures you mention, sir. And in any meaningful evaluation of Lal, you would require a model for a basis of comparison. I am the only model available, Admiral.
Haftel: You haven't mastered human cultural and behavioral norms yourself yet, have you?
DATA: No, sir.
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