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RANDOM THOUGHTS: STAR TREK'S DATA Featured

Brent Spiner, Star Trek's DataThere's a sign on a street in Boonton, N.J., the next town over, warning "Heavy Pedestrian Crossing." Hey, why should they get special treatment? ... Just back from the SAP Sapphire conference in Orlando, Fla. Florida, many may not know, is not from Spanish as widely believed, but actually is a corruption of an old Native American word meaning "Giant Sinkhole".

There was a lot of talk about the Internet of Things at the conference, with one executive talking about toasters with intelligence. I can see the bumper sticker of the future "My Toaster Is an Honor Student at..." ... The buzz over Artificial Intelligence has produced a lot of talk about whether robots can ever be truly human. We will know they have achieved true humanness when we have the first robot street walkers. .... In a newly discovered episode of Star Trek—the Next Generation, Data is judged to be truly human when he develop a system to teleport Canada Geese to a planet set aside for them. Also as part of the plot, we are introduced to his much taller and heavier brother, Big Data. ... I had not yet pressed the button for my floor at my hotel when I saw a gentleman gesturing wildly and talking loudly: "Don't go down when I say go up. Stand still when I'm talking to you." "What are you doing? I asked. "I'm giving my elevator speech," he replied

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