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by Jadrian

Data is trying to formulate a battle plan for Commander Riker, but he's assuming that Commander Riker is rational and knows that Data has analyzed his move. Data takes it a step further and hypothesizes that Commander Riker knows that Data knows that the commander has a battle plan. Full information is a tough assumption about rationality, but bounded rationality lets us assume that people have limitations but still respond to incentives in a predictable way. While perhaps a human failure, most of society does not operate on the same level as Data.

Star Trek -- Data Overanlyzes

Data is too concerned with full information

from Star Trek The Next Generation (1989)
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Distributor: CBS All Access
Posted by Jadrian
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