Enterprise Computer System - The sci-fi series
STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 relied heavily on scientific gadgetry including the
sophisticated computer system that ran the starship USS Enterprise. The
starship's duotronic computer complex was designed by Dr. Richard Daystrom.
It contained voice recognition circuits that permitted it to respond to
verbal commands. When communicating, it used a female voice (Majel Barrett).
The primary bridge functions - manned by Vulcan Science Officer, Mr. Spock
(Leonard Nimoy) - were used to sense radiation/heat, monitor deflector
shield strength and detect the presence of life on other planet surfaces.
Bridge of the USS Enterprise
The vessel's library computer contained a mass of data on subjects ranging
from the arts, sciences, philosophy, and information on solar systems,
colonies, alien cultures, a registry of all space vehicles, and complete
files on all personnel in Starfleet. The data in the computer library could
be channeled into any station onboard the ship.
The Enterprise computer dealt only in logic/facts. Given ambiguous
information, it would announce that it could not answer due to insufficient
information. Because the computer would not validate lies or misinformation,
it was used as an adjunct to official hearings.
The computer could be overridden by voice command from senior officers and
could execute a sequence of instructions to destroy the ship if given proper
In case of emergency, the computer would take control of the entire life
functions onboard. On the sequels series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94 all crew
members wore a small touch sensitive triangular badge on their chest that
linked to the ship's intercom system and the computer.
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