About Robots


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Race Name: Robots, Droids, AIs
Homeworld Name: N/a
Religions: N/a
Main Cities: N/a

Biology & Diet
It should go without saying that robots have no biology and no diet, as robots are, for the large part, inorganic constructs designed by other sentients. This section will, therefore, be used to explain the basic qualifications for robotics versus qualifications for artificial intelligence, as well as the methods through which these robotics remain fully energized.

It is important to distinguish between robots and AIs. An AI is a learning program which has attained enough sentience to not require constant user input to function. A robot is an mobile, autonomous construction capable of manipulating physical objects which houses a singular AI. A robot may be of sentient species body type (android) or more Spartan and minute in design.

Robots are, by nature, more advanced than AIs as their ability to move under their own power has lead them to a wider range of experiences and learning and therefore promoted more advanced growth of sentience. An AI may have a holographic persona, but is incapable of leaving the general region where its controlling computer is housed.

Robot construction materials vary depending on their inventor. Some may be a complex system of programmed nanomachines or microfibers. Some are metal, some are plastic, some are ceramic. However, if the construction material is in any way sourced in organics, the creation ceases to be a robot and then becomes a cyborg or GMO.

Robots and AI both require electricity to function. They may "feed" either through direct current (solar battery robots are common) or through alternating current (plugging in to charge at night, or remaining permanently plugged in as an AI must).

Though an individual AI is not considered a living, sentient being and therefore can be limited in its rights, a robot is considered "live" and therefore is granted the same rights of any newly discovered alien species.

Sexual Dimorphism & Reproduction
Again, robots and AIs do not have sexes or sexual dimorphism because they are not organisms.

However, robots and AIs can be programmed to either present or identify themselves as any given gender, including non-standard genders which may only apply to robots or AIs in their production lines. Reprogramming is also quite common, both by outside users and -in sufficiently advanced robots- themselves. Therefore it is reasonable to say that all robots and AIs have the capability to be gender fluid, though it's very much up to the individual AI or its operator if that fluidity is ever applied.

Robots and AIs can not reproduce. The closest thing to reproduction would be building a copy of a robot's body and downloading a fresh copy of its root AI program into the new body. AIs have all been programmed against self-replication as a safety measure, and so AIs can not create "children" without outside help. Robots are welcome to build themselves new housing bodies, but must see outside users in order to transfer or copy their AI to the new body.

Language & Culture
Obviously, AIs and robots require computer programming languages to communicate with one another. Generally, if an AI is communicating solely to another AI, they will communicate via binary wirelessly. When speaking to an organic being, however, they can access any language database they have been programmed for.

Culturally, robots are considered deviant and mildly hedonistic. They work only when, where and how they want to. The lack of mortality and lack of need for food or shelter leads to robots typically only doing jobs because they find them amusing. Unfortunately, this often leads to employers rejecting robots on the basis of their flighty devotion.

In general, robots are considered regular party animals. They enjoy movies, theatre, music, club scenes, travel, organic-watching and numerous other activities which have no true purpose other than pure enjoyable mental stimulation. On planets where advanced robotics may be found, every party is said to not be a real party until a robot shows up.

Humor for robots and advanced AIs is often based around how weird and amusing they find organic beings to be. There are few robots who actively dislike organics, and most seem to view them as weirdly adorable. Though some lesser advanced robots may enjoy being "taken care of" by organics, most seem to view living beings as odd children.

It's rare for non-robot AIs to view any kind of relationship as familial. Unable to freely access or bond with beings on their own terms, they typically don't develop deep social bonds. Robots, on the other hand, can occasionally form what they feel to be family units. These units are typically with members of their own production line - such as the GABE series 1-9. Robots may also make friends with organics, or with random other types of robot or AI. Socially, a robot is considered more socially advanced than a lone AI.

Religion & Rulerism
Robots and AIs do not have religions. They understand the concept, but are not programmed to follow it in any but the most colloquial terms (Ie: saying "bless you" when an organic sneezes).

The most notable tie between Rulerism and AIs and robotics is the company Midreak, which later rebranded itself as Naitec once the field of robotics collapsed as robots were considered sentient beings. This occurred some time after Midreak's robotics developed an advanced enough AI to go rogue, abandoning their posts and questioning their orders. Prior to this, Midreak patented the "Rocker" robotics line.

Technology & Alien Cultures
Though robots and AIs are fundamentally a part of technology, they seldom contribute directly to its advances due to the restrictions about copying and writing AI programs themselves.

Planets which are most likely to welcome and respect the rights of robots as beings are worlds, space stations or terraforming bases which are home to highly advanced technology of their own. This is why robots are primarily found on worlds like Contura, and not on a planet like Hekshano where they might be considered someone's "property."

The risk of being considered "property" on a low-tech world is that someone claiming ownership of a robot could wipe their AI clean, thereby erasing their individuality and setting them back decades in self-realization. Though difficult to enforce, this kind of action is considered galactically illegal as it is essentially enslaving a free willed being.

09/2014