Eight occasions?Edit

Could we get a list of those eight occasions? I'm only aware of four of them. B4, Lore, Data and Juliana. -- Redge | Talk 18:06, 13 Aug 2004 (CEST)

Juliana states there were three prototypes in "Inheritance". I may have miscounted by one. -- Michael Warren | Talk 18:36, Aug 13, 2004 (CEST)
Could B4 be one of the prototypes? Tyrant 22:38, 16 May 2005 (UTC)Tyrant
Was a positronic brain used in "Life Support" to keep Bareil Antos alive? Tough Little Ship 12:37, 18 Aug 2005 (UTC)
I believe that they were only implants designed to replace the damaged portions of his brain, not a positronic brain in its own right. Also, I would not call Lore especially "stable"...--TenexHacker 08:50, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
I'd say Lore is "stable" in the same way that a Human with some degree of mild schizophrenia (or treated schizophrenia) is "stable" - his neural network is stable enough that it doesn't completely collapse, but that doesn't mean that it is "psychologically normal". Actually, is there any writer/producer-interview material backing up this idea (that Lore is meant to be "mentally ill"?) Jswitte (talk) 01:36, December 24, 2012 (UTC)

Positronic vs Electronic?Edit

Wonder why you would create a positronic brain rather than an electronic one? Seems rather dangerous, doesn't it? Imagine if in Thine Own Self, the villager had put the pick through his head instead of his body, it would cause a huge antimatter explosion, destroying the village and maybe causing a "nuclear" winter. 21:45, March 24, 2010 (UTC)

When Asimov invented the term he was looking for something that sounded good, not something that made scientific sense. I think your question kind of suggests that this page could really benefit from some background section on where this tech comes from and why it was included in trek. -- Capricorn (talk) 09:27, December 24, 2012 (UTC)
Agreed, "positronics" implies positrons are involved and positrons would be an utterly ridiculous way to build a computer - according to our scientific understanding. Data himself commented a few times that positronic circuitry had a capacity to self-configure and self-program which is lacking in "normal" computer technologies; simple positronic components could adapt themselves and improve their efficiencies on repeated tasks, and (in theory) complex positronic components could eventually become fully emergent intelligences even without a (Soong) designer's guidance. I can't recall the specific episode, but Data removed positronic parts from himself (his arm) and installed them into hand phasers, allowing the phasers to adapt themselves "intelligently" and continue functioning against Borg defenses. In another episode he modified a tricorder in similar fashion. 08:13, August 5, 2018 (UTC)