Captain Kirk replies to an urgent (yet brief) message from Commodore Enright, which only tells him to report to the nearest space station. Once there, most of the crew is removed - held in a security area, leaving only a minimal skeleton crew on-board. Commodore Bob Wesley arrives, and informs the captain he's the unwitting 'fox in the hunt;' of simulated war games to be played. The purpose? To put the so far only-rumoured-to-exist M-5 Multitronic unit - through its paces. The M-5 computer is the latest invention of the brilliant Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of the Duotronic computer systems, which power Enterprise, and many other high-end systems. Daystrom is confidant his unit can not only take control of the starship, but do a better job than humans can. At first, the Enterprise under M-5's control easily defeats two other starships, but, quickly begins to act independently of its human masters, Daystrom has little interest in disconnecting the M-5 and treats it more like an ...
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A similar question (computer control versus human control) arises for Captain Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Booby Trap
(1989), in which the Enterprise is caught in an ancient Booby Trap. The Booby Trap presents a situation where, as a ship caught in the trap tries to fly out, the trap absorbs and powers itself from the ship, while reacting to, and counterbalancing, the ship's engines. This counterbalancing prevents the ship caught in the trap from moving. One method of escape from the Booby Trap proposed by the Chief Engineer is to turn complete navigation and engine control over to the computer, and allow it to make the calculations and adjustments faster than the Booby Trap can react to the Enterprise, thereby allowing it to power out of the Booby Trap. In that situation, Picard makes the decision to take the helm himself, instead of allowing the computer to take total control. See more
As the Enterprise approaches the space station, Kirk orders "standard orbit". It is impossible to orbit a space station since it wouldn't have enough mass unless it was the size of a large moon or small planet. And there is no nearby planet shown for the ship to orbit. See more
Dr. Richard Daystrom
It takes four hundred thirty people to man a starship. With this, you don't need anyone. One machine can do all those things they send men out to do now. Men no longer need die in space, or on some alien world. Men can live, and go on to achieve greater things than fact-finding and dying for galactic space, which is neither ours to give or to take. Can't understand. We don't want to destroy life, we want to save it.
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