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# 18
04-22-2013, 04:55 AM
Originally Posted by sollvax View Post
Its a machine
it was never alive in the first place

There is no reason we could not replicate 40,000,000,000 datas and set them on the borg
The finding of the hearing was that Data is alive, you may have your own opinion of the matter but it is irrelevant because the hearing has already judged him to be alive, sentient and not property.

As a reminder for you:

To be classified as alive organisms undergo metabolism, maintain homeostasis, possess a capacity to grow, respond to stimuli, reproduce and, through natural selection, adapt to their environment in successive generations. More complex living organisms can communicate through various means.

Let's apply those criteria to Data.

Metabolism: yes, his internal workings control the function of his body in a similar way to our own.
Homeostasis: yes, his metabolism helps to maintain correct operating conditions for his systems to function, pH, temperature etc.
Capacity to grow: yes, but not physical growth, mental growth, the capacity to learn.
Respond to Stimuli: yes, obviously.
Reproduce: yes, Data reproduced by creating lal
Subject to natural selection: yes, in a way Data can create new offspring that better suit the environment they will find themselves in, this could be considered artificial selection such as the way dogs are bred into different roles.
Communication: yes


Self-aware: from the hearing yes
Intelligence: from the hearing yes
Concious: who knows? are you concious, am I? do we have a soul, does Data, nobody knows, but we have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Last edited by mattjohnsonva; 04-22-2013 at 05:14 AM.