Science officer 0718 was played by Joseph Gatt. On set, he was known as GATT2000 and then GATT5000 when that was deemed an outdated name for a 23rd century character. He described his character as "an augmented Human." He stated in a StarTrek.com interview that the character was "not an android or robot of any kind", and expressed disappointment his final name suggested as much, stating "my humanity acts as a firewall against the [potential] hacking threat."
Gatt said "one of my cybernetic augmentations is on the back of my head. The concept is that it's a miniature version of the ship's main computer which puts me in direct telepathic connection with the ship’s systems at all times."  Makeup supervisor David LeRoy Anderson took a photograph of the bridge's ceiling to duplicate onto Gatt's head, because the ceiling would not be shown in the film.