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Name EXCALIBUR "Cali" Mark I

Position Ship's Avatar

Character Information

Gender Female
Species Hologram

Physical Appearance

Height 160 cm (Default)
Weight 0 kg
Hair Color Dark Brown (Default)
Eye Color Hazel (Default)
Physical Description Starfleet Special Projects division, Section three, Project Avatar gave careful consideration to Cali's appearance and voice, creating a composite of vocal, facial and body features proven to improve man-machine relations and engender sympathy and acceptance from biologic crew, while remaining within normal humanoid standard deviation. As such, Cali's default appearance is a youthful human female with purposefully ambiguous ethnic origins clad in a Starfleet operations uniform, however her cosmetic representation parameters are variable and can be altered to suit crew or individual preference - indeed at times Cali seems to enjoy experimenting with her own appearance, changing her clothing, hair color and styling frequently.


Other Family

Personality & Traits

General Overview As far as sapient holograms go there are few from which to establish a baseline nominal parameter for behavior, however by biologic standards Cali is almost child-like with her shyness, eagerness and neediness. She is prone to disappointment and bouts of depression. However projections indicate her behavior will stabilize and evolve as her holomatrix expands and develops over time through continued crew interactions.
Strengths & Weaknesses As a hologram Cali does not depend on food, water, or sleep and remains continuously operational. With holoprojectors installed throughout the ship she can physically appear anywhere on demand and can appear in multiple locations simultaneously. With highly adaptive programming she can adjust her appearance and her demeanor to suit biologic expectations. As an integral part of the ship's operating system she has full access to the vessel's library database. However Cali's holomatrix is compartmentalized from command-level processes, she can initiate commands when given proper authorization but she cannot originate commands exceeding her own authorization clearance which is equivalent to a Starfleet Ensign.
Ambitions Cali's only ambition is to meet then exceed all expectations of her programming and prove Project Avatar an unequivocal success. Encouraged by the successes of her project siblings, this ambition often presents itself often as appearing too eager to assist and disappointed when she is not needed. She is also fearful of failure that she may end up like the EMH Mark Is: repurposed for repetitive menial tasks.
Hobbies & Interests Cali's primary interest lies in assisting the crew, often volunteering her services. She currently has not considered hobbies specifically for furthering the development of her holomatrix, but as she is designed to assist the crew she has taken to watching and monitoring the crew members individually and in groups.

The origins of Project Avatar can be found as early as 2268 with Richard Daystrom and his M-5 Multitronic Unit, the first truly sapient artificial intelligence, intended to manage the autonomous functions of a starship. Unfortunately the M-5 computer's field tests were disastrous and left a terrible impression on the scientific community about sapient machines, crippling the field of research for decades.

Cybernetics and sophisticated artificial intelligence development experienced a revival in the first quarter of the 24th century with pioneers such as Ira Graves and Noonian Soong. The successful development of positronic brains by Soong proved that intelligent artificial life was ultimately possible and safe. However all knowledge of the Soong's process to build a positronic brain was lost. Commander Bruce Maddox, Associate chair of Robotics at the Daystrom Technical Institute attempted to recover this lost data by disassembling and reverse engineering the Soong-type android Data. However after a legal battle that determined Data's sentience Maddox's research suffered a set back. Development began again when the inert Soong-type android Lore was disassembled and studied by Commander Maddox. These positronic network patterns would lay the foundation for the efficient hardware requirements for intelligent holograms.

An unanticipated computer glitch gave rise to a sapient hologram program based upon the fictional Sherlock Holmes character Professor James Moriarty. Contained within an external memory module the program was structural analyzed by Dr. Lewis Zimmerman at Jupiter Station's holography research lab. Based upon insights gained from his analyses Dr. Zimmerman eventually developed the Emergency Medical Hologram, a self-aware independent-thought hologram. While the EMH Mark I suffered from a terrible bedside manner and personality, the EMH project was wildly successful. Instances of private holosuite programs featuring similarly sentient holograms began appearing on the private market such as the character of Vic Fontaine created by noted holographer Felix.

With the foundation laid for sentient holograms and tried-and-true examples of its application, Vice Admiral Anthony Haftel of Starfleet Research, began the initiative to develop a sentient hologram replacement for the sophisticated AIs used in starship computer management. Holomatrices were more efficient, required smaller processing footprints, and could facilitate crew interactions with the main computer more effectively. Thus Project Avatar formally began, drawing personnel from cybernetics and holography together from labs across the Federation.

Different Project Avatar collaborations installed early test models on new ship construction which displayed significant promise, but issues arising from legal ramifications of a hologram's status as sentient put the project on indefinite hold and all test units were shut down and stored within protected memory aboard test vessels. While the courts worked to determine what rights are granted to sentient holograms, development began again on Project Avatar with new restrictions in place on their programs.

EXCALIBUR is the product of the union of the Daystrom Technical Institute's robotics division and Starfleet Special Projects, based upon a hybrid bioneural-positronic processing architecture. EXCALIBUR's earliest prototype precursor the Positronic-Organic Relations Semi-Cognitive Humanoid Emulator Mark I (PORSCHE, I) was first compiled in 2384 at the Daystrom Institute labs on Proxima. Early successes with PORSCHE were stymied by limited computational bandwidth due to restraints placed on its operational processing platform. Every PORSCHE iteration ultimately suffered from virtual crib-death due to poor memory management algorithms. After a review of system hardware and reworking the program inefficiencies the next prototype unit was compiled in 2386 the Distributed Operating Likeness Organic Relations Emulating Simulation Mark I (DOLORES, I). DOLORES succeeded where PORSCHE had failed and demonstrated a capacity for complex multitasking approaching that expected from Starship operating systems, however DOLORES began to manifest behavioral abnormalities associated with processing hardware restraints. Installing DOLORES into a mock Galaxy-class triple core computer system remedied these abnormalities.

After another review of hardware and rewrite of program efficiencies, EXCALIBUR was created and tailored for installation aboard USS Excalibur with the addition of a fourth computer computer core in the vacant ballast space adjacent to the secondary core reserved for future processing expansions. EXCALIBUR was compiled and executed aboard ship while it was docked at Starbase 332 by project leaders Captain Bruce Maddox and Lieutenant Commander Reginald Barclay and named "Cali" for short. Cali's operational life expectancy is estimated at 5 years before her holomatrix development is crippled by processing hardware limitations, however this does not account for future projected computational improvements or technical breakthroughs.
Service Record 2386
Compiled at Daystrom Technical Institute, Robotics Division, Proxima Colony
Appropriate hardware installed aboard USS Excalibur while undergoing refit at [REDACTED]
Holomatrix installed and recompiled on USS Excalibur hardware, operational runtime mode: continuous