Robots of Charted Space

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Robots are automated and semi-autonomous machine servitors, and every major race makes use of them in addition to many, but not all of the minor races.


Please see the following AAB articles for more information:


Description (Specifications)[edit]

Non-self aware robots are a fixture within Charted Space. Imperial and Hiver Space, being amongst the most prosperous societies, make great use of robotic domestics on its higher tech and more advanced worlds; the Zhodani are famed for their warbots, and the Hivers for their sophisticated bots of every color and stripe.

Robots of the Major Races[edit]

All of the major races of Charted Space make use of robots to varying degrees:

Robots of the Aslan[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Megacorp models

Robots of the Droyne[edit]

No information yet available.

Robots the Hivers[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Advanced star salad models

Robots of Humaniti: Imperial Robota[edit]

Robots of Humaniti: Solomani[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Interstellar Wars bots

Robots of Humaniti: Vilani[edit]

No information yet available.

Robots of Humaniti: Zhodani[edit]

No information yet available.

  • Warbots

Robots of the K'kree[edit]

No information yet available.

  • 101 robots model

Robots of the Vargr[edit]

No information yet available.

Robots of the Well-known Minor Races[edit]

Robots of the Lesser-known Minor Races[edit]

No information yet available.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Robots are an inevitable technological path followed by nearly every sophont species. Sophonts desire, as a matter of course, to reduce their labor and robots are a possible solution to the demands of labor. The earliest robots are nearly always mechanical marvels and clockwork contraptions, often not more than automatons or dumbwaiters. With increasingly sophisticated electronics, computers, and later positronic brains, robots grow steadily in capability.

Interstellar Robotics Conferences[edit]

Robotics have been of interest to many sophont cultures since the First Imperium and before. There is even evidence of keen interest in robots and high autonomous artificially intelligent machine use by the Ancients. The history of Vland (world) is a history of terror caused by precursor robot death machines.

The Vilani have always had a culture of caution regarding autonomous machines. They still build lots of safeguards into their servitor machines. The Terrans do the opposite, despite their Laws of Robotics, they often design autonomous machines with little oversight or regulation. That might have be a good thing; after all, their robots helped them win the Interstellar Wars and establish the Second Imperium.

Civilization and interstellar society collapsed after the Long Night. Robotics largely became a lost art. Some societies preserved knowledge, but the overall collective knowledge of it was largely lost. Around the 400's, with a fledgling Third Imperium coming to early maturity, the Robotics Conferences became an interstellar phenomenon again and relaunched keen interest in Robotics again, revolutionizing the industry. These days, almost every sector hosts some kind of robotics conference. Some hold two or more.

And many new policies, position papers, laws, concords, and other cultural declarations regarding robotics have resulted from these many symposia.


Some of the better known robotics symposia include:


State of Cloning & Robotics[edit]

Cloning is a largely genetics or biological science involved with flesh and blood. Robotics is largely a mechanical science involved with engineering, electronics, and positronic brains. The two academic disciplines have combined to produce pseudo-biological robots, advanced cloning, Variant Human Races, and numerous Uplift projects.

Today in 1116, Cloning has revolutionized the life sciences. Breakthroughs are being made every day. The megacorporations are experimenting with and perfecting these technologies. AB-101 is a reality and there is more to come.

  • Imperial Decree on Cloning & Robotics

Robotics & Societal Disruption[edit]

As early as TL-6, perhaps earlier, the first automation and simple robotic automatons appeared. And what was the first thing they did? According to many labor theorists, they displaced native workers and industries. According to the greater public, they made life easier. Whatever the truth of the matter is, automation and robotics have come to stay in Charted Space.

However, what has also come about as a result of this history was a simplifying, sober look at the relationship between sophontdom and technology. Thus was the Appropriate Technology Movement born. The Movement, in a nutshell, advocates for slowly, carefully, and in a planned manner, integrating new technologies into society. This makes great sense to the "haves," and much less sense to the "have nots."

Some, like the Hivers, already make use of similar ideas with their many Uplift projects. Others, like the Aslan, have embraced some technologies but rejected others as causing weakness and societal failings. Whatever the case may be, most sophont societies look at technology with a critical eye these days. After all, it may cost some unlucky sophont his or her job...

Robot Revolution & Post-scarcity[edit]

Labor, or work, is still very much a part of life within Charted Space. While many kinds of life-easing personal automation exist, goods of all kinds, but not all kinds are still scarce, or in limited supply on even the highest technology worlds of the Hive Federation or Third Imperium.

Robotics, from its inception, has shown the potential to reduce labor and increase the availability of consumer goods. Some see an era where nanobots, computer brains, and servile bots of all kinds bring about an era of post-scarcity. That day has not yet arrived. Some futurists have forecast that the automated sciences may allow a much greater state of post-scarcity to exist as early as TL-19, but no one really knows for sure.

References & Contributors / Sources[edit]

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