M5 Multitronic System Don't be misled by the picture. Despite being famous for his sometimes robotic acting, the evil supercomputer in a 1968 episode of "Star Trek: The Original Series" is not William Shatner's James T. Kirk. Yet it's Kirk who saves the day, engaging in a battle of wits with M5, a sort-of autopilot computer designed by the deranged Dr. Richard Daystrom. Essentially, the computer is designed to perform all ship functions. Yet during Starfleet drills, in which manned spaceships are to stage a mock attack, M5 believes it to be the real deal and destroys a ship. Kirk then tries to reason with M5, explaining to the computer that it has just committed murder. The computer then shuts itself down, temporarily disabling the Enterprise.
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