Computer Technology of Charted Space

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Computer Technology of Charted Space: Computers are machines using various stages of information technology to perform increasingly sophisticated calculations, from the earliest clockwork Babbage machines, performing simple mathematical caculations, to the most advanced TL-15 Bright computers performing sophisticated, heuristic maths. Self-Aware machines capable of achieving sentience, sapience, and full sophonce are projected to appear in the near future.

Please see the following AAB Library Data articles for more information:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Computers are rated according to a vast variety of characteristics and capabilities, but general quality paradigms have been established.

Computer Types[edit]


  1. Computer Implant
  2. Control Console
  3. Control Panel
  4. Fire Control Computer
  5. Hand Computer
  6. House Brain
  7. Map Box
  8. Neural Net
  9. Ship's Computer
  10. Workstation

Turing Test[edit]

[Once the machine thinking method has started, it would not take long to outstrip our feeble powers. 
... At some stage therefore we should have to expect the machines to take control, in the way that is mentioned in Samuel Butler's ‘Erewhon.’]
- Terran scientist, Alan Turing in 1951 CE, speaking about a future in which machines outperform human sophonts intellectually.

A Turing Test is a test of artificial intelligence invented by a scientist from the Terran past. Modern versions of it are still in use within the Third Imperium. The Rule of Man established the test within Charted Space even though similar testing mechanisms existed within several sophont cultures including the Vilani Ziru Sirka.

  • The Turing Test is one of the best known tests for determining artificial intelligence ratings within Charted Space. It was developed on old Terra by a cryptological code breaker and mathematician named Alan Turing.
  • The Turing Test is essentially one of social interaction. Can a robot convince a conventional sophont that it is a fellow mind through natural conversation or dialogue that flows? Or does it fail, and appear obviously robotic?
  • Increasingly sophisticated Turing Tests have been developed over the millenia. AB-101 broke many records with its amazing sophistication and lifelike behavior. More breakthroughs are expected in the near future.

Turing Ratings[edit]

Turing Ratings
TR Class IQ SQ Remarks

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The development of Information Technology (IT) and particularly the key device of IT, the computer is a key advancement of any technological civilization.

  • Computer technology greatly assists in the advancement of knowledge. Scientists used it to better store, collate, and push out the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Linguists use it to catalogue known languages and improve universal translators. Bureaucrats use it to aid in process of governance, massively increasing efficiency.
  • Nearly every tech level of advancement leads to an exponential increase in pure research capability and a greatly sped up doubling of existing knowledge.
  • Computers and other forms of data processing and storage expand the extilligence of a civilization, which is to say its ability to pass on learning from one generation to the next.

Epochal Computer Technology Periods[edit]

Computer Autonomy:

Information Age Societies[edit]


Bright Age Societies[edit]


  • Intelligent Networks
  • Low Scarcity
  • Weak nanotech
  • Synaptic processors
  • Positronic brains
  • Cognitive ("Thinking machines")
  • High Autonomous Robots

Brilliant Age Societies[edit]


  • Delegative Rule (AI)
  • Post-Scarcity
  • Strong nanotech
  • Emotive ("Dreaming or Feeling machines")
  • Self-Aware Robots

Transcendent Age Societies[edit]


Ascendant Age Societies[edit]


References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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