Zora aboard the USS Discovery

Zora's dancing avatar

Zora was the name taken by the computer of the USS Discovery after the ship had been abandoned for almost a thousand years. The computer had, over the centuries, developed an artificial intelligence complete with a personality.

This personality was gendered female and had a predilection for the 1957 film Funny Face, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. A holographic representation of Zora also performed a dance of the film with Craft on the bridge of the Discovery. (ST: "Calypso")

Zora's genesis appeared to date from the year 3189, when the Sphere data, which had been stored within the Discovery computer, began to merge with it, causing the computer to speak in Zora's voice. (DIS: "Forget Me Not")

Zora was voiced by Annabelle Wallis, with Sash Striga in a non-speaking role as Zora's dancing avatar.
A deleted line from "Such Sweet Sorrow, Part 2", revealed as part of the 2020 San Diego ComicCon@Home table read, indicated that the "Zora program" was under development by the Daystrom Institute in 2258 as a replacement for Control. [1]
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