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27th Nov '15 2:41:10 AM StClair
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--->'''Crusher:''' "Here's a question you shouldn't be able to answer: Computer, what is the nature of the universe?"
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--->'''Crusher:''' "Here's Here's a question you shouldn't be able to answer: Computer, what is the nature of the universe?"universe?
27th Nov '15 2:39:35 AM StClair
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** Lampshaded in "Remember Me", where Dr. Crusher asks the computer a question which, as she observes, it shouldn't be able to answer. It can, and does, in the process telling her just how bad her predicament is.
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** Lampshaded a few times in "Remember Me", where once Dr. Crusher asks has no one left to talk to but the computer ship's computer. The fact that it ''can'' answer one particular question says as much about her predicament as the actual response. --->'''Crusher:''' "Here's a question which, as she observes, it you shouldn't be able to answer. It can, and does, in answer: Computer, what is the process telling her just how bad her predicament is.nature of the universe?" --->'''Computer:''' ''The universe is a spheroid region 705 meters in diameter.''
27th Nov '15 2:27:18 AM StClair
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** Lampshaded in "Remember Me", where Dr. Crusher asks the computer a question which, as she observes, it shouldn't be able to answer. It can, and does, in the process telling her just how bad her predicament is.
17th Aug '15 12:06:23 PM DuneTheWanderer
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* Yes Man, the ever-helpful RobotBuddy of VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas, can tell you all about the many factions of the Mojave... At least, as much as ''Benny'' told him, since he was off of the main information grid, locked in a closet, and only really made contact with either Benny and his hired assistant from the Followers of the Apocalypse. He'll still answer all of your questions to the best of his abilities, though. He's just programmed that way.
29th Jul '15 2:55:03 PM Morgenthaler
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* HAL 9000 from ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and the sequel ''TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' can be considered a partial TropeNamer. Just don't assume he's telling you everything though.
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* HAL 9000 from ''TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and the sequel ''TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' can be considered a partial TropeNamer. Just don't assume he's telling you everything though.
17th May '15 8:43:56 PM BeeKirbysNewComputer
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* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad's computers have a tendency for this.
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* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad's computers have a tendency for this.this, as do his printers, oddly enough.
19th Apr '15 6:05:08 PM nombretomado
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* ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' did this a lot, though Courage would type in the questions, despite the fact that he would regularly speak to the audience.
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* ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' did this a lot, though Courage would type in the questions, despite the fact that he would regularly speak to the audience.

* ''InvaderZim'' expects his secret base's computer to be this, but as the page quote indicates, its information is not always complete (or accurate).
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* ''InvaderZim'' ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' expects his secret base's computer to be this, but as the page quote indicates, its information is not always complete (or accurate).
4th Jan '15 6:33:54 PM poi99
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Life imitates art all the time. This really isn't unusual enough to be notable.
These days it's commonplace to go straight to Google when you have a question, and this was true in fiction even before there ''was'' a Google. Or an [[TheInternet Internet]], for that matter. When in need of plot critical {{Exposition}}, characters will frequently find a computer and use it to fill the role of MrExposition. They may type their questions and read answers on a screen, but typically it's a [[ComputerVoice computer with a voice]], ([[CreepyMonotone monotone]] or not) and an ability to answer freeform questions in plain spoken English. Because of these traits the computer will frequently at least be a MagicalComputer and possibly even a true ArtificialIntelligence.
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These days it's commonplace to go straight to Google when you have a question, and this was true in fiction even before there ''was'' a Google. Or an [[TheInternet Internet]], for that matter. When in need of plot critical {{Exposition}}, characters will frequently find a computer and use it to fill the role of MrExposition. They may type their questions and read answers on a screen, but typically it's a [[ComputerVoice computer with a voice]], ([[CreepyMonotone monotone]] or not) and an ability to answer freeform questions in plain spoken English. Because of these traits the computer will frequently at least be a MagicalComputer and possibly even a true ArtificialIntelligence.
6th Nov '14 5:10:25 PM FordPrefect
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These days it's commonplace to go straight to Google when you have a question, and this was true in fiction even before there ''was'' a Google. Or an [[TheInternet Internet]], for that matter. When in need of plot critical {{Exposition}} characters will frequently find a computer and use it to fill the role of MrExposition. They may type their questions and read answers on a screen, but typically it's a [[ComputerVoice computer with a voice]], ([[CreepyMonotone monotone]] or not) and an ability to answer freeform questions in plain spoken English. Because of these traits the computer will frequently at least be a MagicalComputer and possibly even a true ArtificialIntelligence.
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These days it's commonplace to go straight to Google when you have a question, and this was true in fiction even before there ''was'' a Google. Or an [[TheInternet Internet]], for that matter. When in need of plot critical {{Exposition}} {{Exposition}}, characters will frequently find a computer and use it to fill the role of MrExposition. They may type their questions and read answers on a screen, but typically it's a [[ComputerVoice computer with a voice]], ([[CreepyMonotone monotone]] or not) and an ability to answer freeform questions in plain spoken English. Because of these traits the computer will frequently at least be a MagicalComputer and possibly even a true ArtificialIntelligence.
31st Oct '14 10:28:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheFly'' (1986 with Creator/JeffGoldblum), once Dr. Brundle realizes he's not really 100% human any more he asks the computer what's going on, and it exposits that he's fused with fly DNA and will eventually mutate into a hideous creature.
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* In ''TheFly'' (1986 with Creator/JeffGoldblum), ''Film/TheFly1986'', once Dr. Brundle realizes he's not really 100% human any more he asks the computer what's going on, and it exposits that he's fused with fly DNA and will eventually mutate into a hideous creature.
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