That story is generally considered to be apocryphal.
I do not wish to be assimilated.
But what if it does Counselor? What if those are the only emotions I am capable of experiencing? Would that not make be a bad person?
I will be back for him later.
I betrayed them. If they die, I am responsible.
No, that would be wrong.
Just after I killed the Borg, I looked down at his body. I felt something.
The Borg aspire to the perfection my brother and I represent. Fully artificial lifeforms. We are the future.
Computer, reset Borg simulation to time index 2.1. Increase Borg strength by twenty percent. Run program.
Computer, reset simulation to time index 2.1. Increase Borg strength by thirty percent.
I did not have enough buoyancy to get back to the surface.
I'm ready to irradiate your existing brain cells.
All the Borg you have experimented on so far have suffered extensive brain damage.
Drop it, or I'll break his neck.
I did not come for him. I came for you.
We've returned to normal space. Navigational systems are still offline. I will attempt to make a celestial fix using secondary systems.
If the procedure is successful, your cognitive processing functions will be considerably improved.
You are attempting to confuse me.
Could you describe feeling hostile?
Lore is no longer functioning sir. He must be disassembled so that he is no longer a threat.
I do not like it.
It does not appear to be attacking the outpost sir.
Quite amusing Dr. Hawking.
There is a great deal of electromagnetic interference. I am unable to determine whether there are any lifeforms present.
For the past six hours, I have attempted to produce an emotional response by subjecting myself to various stimuli.
We appeared to be caught in some kind of energy matrix.
I do not know. Perhaps I have evolved to the point where emotions are within my grasp. Perhaps I will experience other emotions has time goes by.
None so far. I've almost completed this experiment. May I finish before we return to Engineering?
Could you describe feeling angry without referring to other feelings?
That was my experience as well. I simply felt angry.
No. I am pleased to say it was damaged when I was forced to fire on Lore.
Geordi, I believe I have experienced my first emotion.
You are correct in that I have no frame of reference to confirm my hypothesis. In fact, I am unable to provide a verbal description of the experience. Perhaps you could describe how it feels to feel angry. I could then use that as a reference.
Yes. Emotions are responsible for what I did to you. I would never risk letting that happen again. My friendship with you is too important to me.
I am getting some anomalous readings from your neural net. I will need to do further testing before I proceed. Someone will come and take you back to your cell.
Geordi. In Picard's voice.
We're getting out of here. In Picard's voice.
Counselor Troi herself told me that feelings are not negative or positive. It is how we act on them that makes them good or bad.
I got angry.
It is for the greater good.
When I play poker with my shipmates, it often appears to be a useful forum for exploring the different facets of humanity. I was curious to see how three of history's greatest minds would interact in this setting. So far, it has proved to most illuminating.
You were wrong Captain. My brother and I serve a much higher purpose.
This experiment may hold the key to something I have sought all my life.
Hugh interfaced with the others and transferred his sense of individuality to them. It nearly destroyed them.
Impulse engines are now at 125%.
My internal diagnostic also finds nothing wrong.
But my study of humanity indicates there are some emotions that are harmful, such has jealousy or hatred.
During the original incident, the Borg presented genuine danger to my life. Since the Holodeck safety routine is in place, I know my life is not in danger. Since I am trying to duplicate the conditions of the original incident as closely as possible. I must also attempt to duplicate my jeopardy as well.
They came looking for me.
Lore, I must deactivate you now.
This chip my father created for me so that I could experience emotion. I had it removed from Lore's body before he was dismantled.
Do not try to drive a wedge between us Captain. I am loyal to my brother.
Main power is offline. I am switching to backups.
The mechanism appears to be jammed sir.
I have a complete memory record of that day.
Captain, we are nearing the MS System.
Yes. My brother has made that possible.
I believe I am able to resume my duties.
Yes, his name is Geordi.
I am implanting nano-cortical fibers in your cerebrum. They are designed to learn and mimic your neural firing patterns. Once they are in place, I will destroy the exisiting brain cells. Then we will see if the artificial neural network is able to take over your cognitive functions.
It is too early to tell if the nano-cortical fibers have performed their function.
Yes, but it is all right. Do you need me?
Anger is a negative emotion. I wanted to concentrate on something more positive.
I know, but you leave me no other choice.
It was not the same as anger, but I think it was an emotion.
That is not your concern.
No. That would not be ethical.
I am...relieved that the injuries I inflicted on you are not permanent.
That would not be possible.
I am not your puppet anymore.
Yes. On Ohniaka Three, I was forced to kill a Borg. I got angry.
There are no other emotions.
I intended to recreate the experience with caused my initial outburst of anger.
I am attempting to neutralize your pain receptors.
I believe it was pleasure.
It was a very potent experience.
Electromagnetic interference is still making it difficult to get a precise reading.
I have bypassed the primary system.
Step away from the forcefield. Your proximity is interfering with my scan.
We are being pulled inside.
I do not want you to check my system. I must resolve these issues myself.
No. That is not correct. My creator, Dr. Soong, gave me a program which defines my sense of right and wrong. In essence, I have a conscience.
You simply do not understand. In a quest such as ours, sacrifices have to be made. It is regrettable, for the greater good must be served.
Geordi, the computer requires a voice authorization of two senior officers to disabled the safety routine. Will you help me?
I wish I were as confident as you Counselor. When I was fighting the Borg, I felt angry. When I think back on the incident, I realize that I was also experience another sensation.
Too late. My brother suggested that I try and develop my sense of humor. What do you think?
I listened to several operas known to be uplifting. I watched three Holodeck programs designed to be humorous. I made four attempts to induce sexual desire by subjecting myself to erotic imagery.
You see Sir Isaac. The joke depends on an understanding of the relativistic curvature of space-time.
The sons of Soong and together we will destroy the Federation.
Captain, this one is still alive.
I have tried other stimuli but they have been unsuccessful. I understand your objections, but it is my life and I have right to risk it if I choose.
Stop it. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. Angrily
Stop it. Stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. Monotone
Sensors are detecting a subspace distortion forming directly ahead of the Borg ship.
Give it to me or I will take it by force.
It would be unethical to take pleasure in another being's death.
That is correct.
Hmm. They are a cause for concern. However, I still have Counselor Troi and Captain Picard. Odds are at least one of the procedures will be successful.
Thank you sir.
Give me your visor.
Here is the visor. May I ask why you wanted it?
Yes please. I want more.
What are you doing?
However, there is a sixty percent chance you will not survive the procedure.
I now realized that my life aboard the Enterprise was a waste. My quest to become human misquided. An evolutionary step in the wrong direction.