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Re: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:

by gregor42 (Parson)
on Aug 20, 2007 at 14:17 UTC ( #633829=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:

I voted for Spock, but only because he got the most out of my favorite character - The Computer.

The voice of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry played the most user-friendly voice activated interface ever conceived.

As a child I was in love with the idea that all of human knowledge could be stored in a machine and that your challenge was how to phrase the right question to find out what you needed to know. Spock was always teasing information out of it by asking questions over and over. I blame this for my lifelong obsession with computers. I never got over it.

(Notice: only in the parallel 'evil' universe was the "ready" prompt used, rather than the traditional "working". What does that say about the universe we live in?)

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Re^2: My favorite crew member from the original Star Trek:
by gam3 (Curate) on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:12 UTC
    I'll second your vote for The Computer.

    The fact that ELIZA was the state of the art in AI at the time, make the computer even more interesting.
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