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A computer was a programmable machine that stored, organized, and displayed information, calculated data, and processed commands input by sentient users.
By the 23rd century, Starfleet qualified Spock as an "A7 computer expert," and, along with Captain James T. Kirk, he was one of the most adept with the machines on the USS Enterprise. (TOS: "Court Martial", "The Ultimate Computer")
Early computers Edit
Although mechanical computing devices had been employed on Earth since the 1600s, the earliest electronic computer technology was developed in the late 1940s, though the most basic components to create such computers were already available to the public as early as 1930. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")
Early computers did not have voice recognition: users required a keyboard and mouse to select the necessary program. One of the principal historical events on Earth of 1987 was the cloning of computers from carrots. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Duotronic systems Edit
Multitronic system Edit
The M-series multitronic system, also invented by Dr. Richard Daystrom, was the first attempt at placing a fully independent artificial intelligence (AI) system on a starship. The first four multitronic units were failures, but the fifth generation (dubbed M-5) was the first considered advanced enough for actual field testing. Unfortunately, M-5's field test was a failure as well, and no further tests were conducted. The project was later abandoned. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")
Isolinear systems Edit
Bioneural systems Edit
In the 2370s, isolinear computer systems began to be enhanced by the inclusion of bio-neural circuitry, of which the bio-neural gel packs formed a huge part. (VOY: "Caretaker") Bio-neural circuitry is prone to certain bacterial and viral infections, along with subnucleonic radiation. (VOY: "Learning Curve", "Macrocosm", "One") USS Voyager's main computer processor was capable of sustaining over 575 trillion calculations per nanosecond, granting simultaneous access to 47 million data channels, and operating in conditions ranging from 10 to 1790 Kelvin. (VOY: "Concerning Flight")
Positronic systems Edit
Handheld devices Edit
- Computer game
- Computer terminology
- Induced self-destruction
- Memory tapes
- Tools and technology
- Y2K bug