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Mon, Jun 28, 2010, 2:32am (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S2: Projections

I liked this episode because it raises important questions in Artificial Intelligence. The main issue is "when does an AI entity know that it exists in the right space for itself". Allied to this is "how can an AI entity recognize and possibly communicate between multiple instantiations of itself. This story is closely allied to Vernor Vinge's award winning story "The Cookie Monster" and I suspect Vinge sketched an orignal story for this episode. But the original story would have had to deal with something more complex - "how does an AI entity know that what it is seeing is a projection from reality, even if that may be a holo-projection, or is actually a delusion generated inside its programming that has no existence in reality outside of its own program. I suspect this last aspect was considered too complex for the average viewer to grasp and was written out of the script. But its skeleton remains in the program having the roles of real people and holo-people reversed - a delusional variation that the Doctor would find very entertaining. At the end of the more complex version, the Doctor would have needed to have his delusional variants of himself deleted and some checks put in that he did not create any more alter-egos.
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