A Robot is a machine that can perform tasks, or work, autonomously but not necessarily on its own. A robot is a machine servitor.
- The degree of independence or autonomous operation helps to determine the level of sophistication of the robot.
- Theoretically robots could one day become self aware and achieve full sophontdom. That is not yet the norm or expectation within Charted Space.
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- C: Cognitive Science / Cybertechnology (Cogno-)
- Robotic Autonomy
- A robot can be a tool (industrial servitors), a weapon (warbots), an enemy (warbots), a friend (domestic servitors) or sometimes even a lover (sexbots). And sometimes many or all of these roles.
- It can be the product of mass production, the unique creation of a lifetime of labour or even a potentially self-begotten being, struggling for equal rights in a universe that sees it as a machine and not as a potential lifeform.
- Robots are often designated by their primary intended function: domestics, industrials, scientifics (often explorers), and warbots. Other designations also exist.
- Humanoid robots
- Commercial robots
Strategy & Tactics (Doctrine)
No information yet available.
Robots typically serve the following roles:
- Carer Droid
- Engineering Droid
- Personal Droid
- Repair Droid
- Ship Brain
- Ship Mind
- Von Neumann Machine
|Robot Supraclass Archetypes|
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Robots are an important part of life in Charted Space. But they have not yet achieved true artificial intelligence. Some call the pre-AI intelligence used at cutting edge TL-15 "brilliant" or "lethetic." Modern positronic brains, the cornerstone of advanced technology robots, can not yet empower robots to independently make decisions although comprehensive, well thought out programming can give the illusion of independent decision.
|Autonomous Operation|| Robot Autonomy: The earliest robots were mechanical marvels and often clockwork contraptions of marvelous complexity, but they possessed very close to zero autonomous capability: they often performed a single task, or a handful of tasks repetitively. With the advent of early electronics, the autonomous capabilities of robots rose. And their housings or bodies became enormously more capable with hydraulics, servos, and more sophisticated micromotors. The positronic brain was another giant leap forward and vastly expanded autonomous operation.
However capable and autonomous current cutting edge robots may be, they do not yet posses true artificial intelligence. A robot not able to eventually consult with a sophont mind will eventually follow programming leading to fatal mistakes causing its own destruction. Some call this phenomenon "robotic suicide" or "robot endgame." Robots cannot currently feel, dream, independently think, or function autonomously in jumpspace as a sophont mind can.
|Artificial Intelligence||No information yet available.|
|Jumpspace & Robotica||No known combination of advanced robotic and FTL technology can yet survive repeated autonomous operation in jumpspace. Experiments have repeatedly yielded unsatisfactory results. Jump drones launch into jumpspace just fine. Advanced electronics, computers, and organized pseudobiological brains function well shipboard on crewed starships, but.... Uncrewed starships or jump drones inconsistently emerge from jumpspace. Some have theorized that jumpspace drives brains and minds insane.|
|Self-Aware Robota|| The future of Robota is with highly intelligent, self-aware machines possessing true artificial intelligence. Robots can already vastly outcalculate humans and other baseline sophonts. When was the last time a sophont outperformed a hypercomputer in the interstellar chess championships?
Significant fears of this next step exist. Many fear that self-aware machines will bring about the end of days and Singularity before its time. Some all this the robot revolution.
|Robots & Gender||Robots, not being organically biological sophonts, do not possess gender in any conventional sense of the term. However many sophonts still insist upon assigning genderless robots an arbitrary gender nevertheless.|
|Uncanny Valley||No information yet available.|
Continuum of Robotic Sophistication
- Calculating Machines (automata and early robots, computers,and supercomputers)
- Thinking Machines (bright machines aka hypercomputers, bright nanocytes, etc.)
- Feeling Machines (true artificial intelligence aka brilliant machines)
- Transcendent Machines (early avatars)
- Ascendant Machines (advanced avatars)
Selected Robot Variant Types & Classes
Robot Summary List
Some of the most commonly used robots in this role or these roles include:
- No information yet available.
Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)
Robots can be found throughout Charted Space.
Selected Robot Manufacturers Across Charted Space
This is a selected list of robot manufacturers across Charted Space:
Robot Worlds: 1105
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- Classic Traveller Book 8 Robots
- MegaTraveller 101 Robots
- MegaTraveller Referee's Companion
- 'Ref's Notes: Robots' Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 2
- 'Ref's Notes: Robots Part 2' Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 3
- 'Ref's Notes: Robots Part 3' Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 4
- 'Robot Design Revisited, Part 1' Periodical: MegaTraveller Travellers' Digest No. 1
- 'Robot Design Revisited, Part 2' Periodical: MegaTraveller Travellers' Digest No. 2
- 'Robot Design Revisited, Part 3' Periodical: MegaTraveller Travellers' Digest No. 3
- Shoot-Out at Shudusham' and 'Beyond 101 Robots' Periodical: MegaTraveller Travellers' Digest No. 8
- TNE Vampire Fleets
- Periodical: Traveller Chronicle 01
- Special Supplement 1: Robots of Charted Space
- Special Supplement 2: Robot Adventures
- Mongoose Traveller: Robot
- T5 Core Rules
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science