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"The singularity will occur when machine intelligence is smarter than us and, frankly, I can't wait."
– Jackson Roykirk, unknown ("Watcher")

Doctor Jackson Roykirk was a brilliant, though erratic male Human pioneering cyberneticist who lived from 1945 to 2022. (PIC: "Watcher" commemorative plaque [1])

According to Spock, "His dream was to build a perfect thinking machine, capable of independent logic." In 2002, Roykirk created that machine – Nomad – an artificially-intelligent space probe sent out with the mission to seek out new life. (TOS: "The Changeling")

Jackson Roykirk statue

A bust of Roykirk in the plaza

By 2024, Jackson Roykirk Plaza near the Europa Mission offices in Los Angeles was named after him. The plaza included a bust describing Roykirk as a "pioneering cyberneticist." (PIC: "Watcher")

In 2267, after merging with Tan Ru and becoming damaged, Nomad mistakenly believed Captain James T. Kirk was its creator, given the similarities between their names. As a result, it ceased its hostilities against the crew of the USS Enterprise.

Kirk later used this mistake, Nomad not realizing it later, and failing to self-destruct as of that moment, as evidence of its being imperfect, as reasons why it should destroy itself according to its own prime directive. (TOS: "The Changeling")


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Jackson Roykirk bust

A behind-the-scenes close-up of the bust

Picard production designer Dave Blass, in a now-deleted Instagram post, provided a close-up of the bust from set.

The photographic image of Roykirk seen in "The Changeling" was "portrayed" by director Marc Daniels. Although he was a 21st century scientist, he wore a standard 2260s Starfleet dress uniform in the photo (albeit it seems to be either a reversed image or configured slightly differently based on the opposite positioning of the "decorations").

According to the Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology, Roykirk died in 2022.

In an homage to Star Trek, a character named "Jackson Roykirk" appeared in an episode of Team Knight Rider entitled "Apocalypse Maybe," played by William Christopher of M*A*S*H fame. While this may seem to be a crossover, constant references to Star Trek on the show make it unlikely. [2]


Jackson Roykirk is mentioned in The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh, Volume Two as being part of the team which designed and created the DY-100 class ship which carried Khan and his remaining followers to the stars.

Jackson was incorrectly referred to as Jason Roykirk in the All Our Yesterdays sourcebook.

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