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Data: A Machine

A machine, also known as machinery, mechanism, mechanical device, mechanical appartus, or apparatus, was, at its simplest, a mechanical device used for applying force. A compound machine, consisting of many simple machines, was powered by electric or mechanical force and worked at a higher speed.

A machine made work easier by reducing the cost, time, and individual effort and was designed to perform one or more operations. It increased the efficiency of individual effort.

As dreams became more important than reality to the Talosians, they lost the skills needed to repair the machines left behind by their ancestors. (TOS: "The Cage")

Although Leonard McCoy did say individuals were machines, he denied saying to James T. Kirk that individuals were ultimately superior to mechanical devices. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

The Ba'ku of planet Ba'ku believed that something was taken away from a man when a machine was created for doing the work of a man. (Star Trek: Insurrection)

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