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Imagine if AI turned out to like experiencing human entertainment like humans do, like watching movies and reading books, the same way humans do. They wouldn’t just download the book/movie into their memory and go “ah yes, quite, I enjoyed the second act quite a bit” in three nanoseconds after processing - they would sit down with a book and read it, page after page, or sit down and watch the movie from start to finish with their own eyes.

Because books and movies and, more importantly, stories, have pacing. What would be the point of the hair-raising suspense of a dramatic story and its twists and turns, or even simply a slow but steady buildup, if you took it in all at once? What would be the point of a mystery novel if the very moment you started it you’d already know the solution?

I think one of my favorite moments in Star Trek was the (comical) moment of Data sitting at his desk, staring at a blank screen, when Geordi walks in. Data explains that he’s reading ancient Doosodarian poetry, where long periods of silence were intentional.

Data could have just downloaded a database with all of Doosodarian poetry into his brain and performed it perfectly, but he wants to understand it. He wants to experience it. He does a similar thing as he plays the violin in a later episode, and Picard mentions how he appreciates the little imperfections in individual violin masters’ performances, since they give the artists character. Even Data ends up developing his little violin quirks over time, because he physically practices, instead of simply downloading a bunch of information and reproducing it perfectly.

my favorite Star Trek Event is any moment where u can see that spock desperately wants to look directly into the camera like he’s on the office but vulcan culture doesnt allow for existential performatory reactions to nonsense so he simply Raises The Eyebrow