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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 23
09-29-2011, 11:16 AM
Originally Posted by Captain_Revo
they are not 'dumb' they are non sentient versions, there is a difference. like a replicator. it can understand commands but it has no self awareness. the proper exocomps do have self awareness.

so they are not slaves, they are just tools that know how to fire a weapon.
That's the problem.

a metaphor:

Human being intentioally making "dumber" non-self aware versions of our selves for the purpose of being "tools".

Sounds very much like the selected breeding that happen in the southern United States before the Civil War, and the emancipation of the black SLAVES.

Genetic manipulation was banned centuries before the STO timeline in the Star Trek universe and slavery a century before that, for similar reasons. Intentionally making someone "Better" (the Eugenics Wars) or "Worse" (dumb/uneducated but physically strong slaves) was deemed "wrong" by both the Trek universe and in real life.

How does this same method of thought not apply to a sentient machine intentionally making "dumber" versions of themselves to "do the dirty work" within the Federation?

"A Data on every starship"...