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Galaxy class cybernetics

The cybernetics lab aboard a Galaxy-class starship

Cybernetics was the study of hugely complex artificial intelligence systems, usually running on a positronic matrix and often housed inside robotic machine technology. A practical implementation of this was an android. The scientists who studied in this field were known as cyberneticists.

Mechanical replacements for body parts were called cybernetic implants. (TNG: "The Measure Of A Man") The cybernetic implants used by the Borg to augment their bodies were often referred to as Borg implants. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II") Captain Jean-Luc Picard noted that like all cybernetic lifeforms, the Borg could not survive without their biological components. (Star Trek: First Contact)

The Bynars were also a partially cynernetic species, having their parietal lobe removed after birth and replaced with a synaptic processor. (TNG: "11001001"; ENT: "Regeneration")

Romulans did not study cybernetics, which was part of a wider pattern of complete absence of any form of artificial life in Romulan culture. (PIC: "Maps and Legends") This was because Romulan culture was influenced by the Zhat Vash, a quasi-cult within the Tal Shiar that believed that the existence of artificial life would inevitably lead to Ganmadan as a result of misinterpreting the Admonition. (PIC: "Absolute Candor", "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")

Regardless, Romulan cyberneticists interested in studying Data were mentioned in "The Defector".

Joseph Gatt stated his character in Star Trek Into Darkness, science officer 0718, was meant to be a Human, with cybernetic implants. [1]


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