meme drafts go here
- 1 Cyborg
- 2 Drones
- 3 Drone Classifications
A cyborg is controlled by an organic brain, a system known as ‘wetware.’ The brain, having already been host to a conscious living being, is quite useful in controlling robotic bodies due to its large amount of processing power and innate intelligence. Though, the procedure for creating a cyborg leaves the original individual it used to be broken, suppressed, and extremely difficult to recall. The procedure for preparing a brain for installation into an MMI requires the suppression of the frontal lobe in order for it to create a synaptic interface with the host brain. This leaves the brain damaged, suspending things such as the original personality and memory of the brain in question. Once this bond is complete, the MMI controls chemicals and electric synapse activity to operate and function. Though most Man-Machine Interfaces come standard with a pre-built web of personality traits, which over the course of around two weeks will then merge into a full identity, often the new identity of the cyborg forms in the field using their original personality . The standard cyborg is only able to remember a small handful of things about their former life, mostly highly emotional events and things centric to their identity; these traits normally playing only a small part in the eventual operation of the cyborg. Emotional impulses exist, however they are very subdued, some potent feelings hardly existing at all, such as fear and hatred. Notably, humans are not the only form of brain utilized in a man-machine interface. Dogs, bears, corvids, even cephalopods are utilized; the more intelligent the animal, the better. These non-human cyborgs can tend to take traits from their original host body
(i'm thinking here you don't need to basically lobotomize an animal brain to MMI it)
(copypaste from Polaris, must edit later)
To aid in its work, the EIO has created a system of classifications corresponding to different levels of drone intelligence. Higher classes are more expensive to deploy and develop, owing to the costs of EIO oversight and political pressure against drone proliferation. EIO classification involves an initial audit of the project's source code by experts and automated systems, and for high-class drones further check-ins throughout the life of the drone.
Drone chasses are often branded with their inhabiting intelligence's class, especially those of B or A-class drones, and class is often recorded in security records.
The ranks are these:
F-CLASS: SIMPLE INTELLIGENCE
“F-class” drones are an informal term for computer systems that pose absolutely no emergent risk. Most 21st-century software is F-class, as is much of the software used by 26th century humanity. The only regulation on F-class software is the occasional check that it is, in fact, F-Class, and as such has remained the most prevalent form of information-processing technology for centuries. The software powering most F-class drones is either freely available or bundled with the machine it's supposed to run.
D-CLASS: COMPLEX INTELLIGENCE
D-class drones are conceptually descended from pre-Icarus AI and bear a strong resemblance to their forebears. D-class drones are essentially number-crunchers, with virtually nothing in the way of social development. They cannot speak more intelligibly than your average piece of software, using pre-determined messages written by their programmers, and have no capacity for self-improvement. They are D-class intelligence because they work with more complex problems than F-class software, such as financial forecasting and large-scale data mining and memetics. The creation and deployment of D-class drones requires only a small fee for the required code audit, although some high-power financial and political systems are regularly watched by the EIO for signs of emergence. There is no real monopoly on the production of D-class drones.
C-CLASS: SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE
C-class drones have social protocols for ease of use by organic and positronic laypeople. C-class drones are capable of speech, although it has a strong tendency to be formulaic and repetitive. They are also capable of a limited degree of self-improvement, and over time individual C-class instances tend differ slightly from one-another. C-class drones suffer a moderate fee to development, with automated EIO tools ensuring that they are not a long-term emergence risk. However, one a codeline is confirmed safe, deployment is unlimited, encouraging developers to instance many forks of the original drone to recoup their cost. The market for C-class drones is a strange space, dominated by Xion Manufacturing, Ward-Takahashi GMC, and a large number of smaller firms, like the notoriously cheap Cyber Solutions.
B-CLASS: SPECIALIST INTELLIGENCE
B-class drones have advanced social protocols and are often capable of very intelligible conversation, so long as one sticks to surface topics. B-class drones tend to be specialized but still capable of remarkable growth within their speciality, making them popular for autonomous deployment and even supervision of other classes of drone. The dividing line between A and B-class drones becomes apparent when they are taken out of their area of specialization, with the B-class drones swiftly becoming useless. They incur a hefty fee for the production of the initial codeline, as their emergent potential is far greater, and a smaller but still substantial fee for the production of forks. The market for B-class drones is a battleground between Ward-Takahashi and Nanotrasen, with other firms usually producing B-classes for in-house needs.
A-CLASS: GENERALIZED INTELLIGENCE
A-class drones are also referred to as AGI. A-class drones are capable of performing in many contexts and can learn to solve problems from first principles, with an incredible potential for growth and emergent behavior. However, some abilities fall short of humans’, usually those relating to socialization, and they often act in ways that are strange or distressing. There is a small but growing lobby of support for the legal and political personhood of A-class drones. The cost of initializing an A-class drone is absolutely massive, as they will be monitored by EIO forever. The auditing cost of an A-class drone codeline is even more staggering, making development and deployment of AGI limited to research, highly difficult and high-throughput operations like habitat overwatch, and a few risk-taking firms banking on the associated fees dropping. There is not a proper market for A-class drones, although an appreciable fraction of them are made by Nanotrasen, with the rest generally being university research projects.
AA-CLASS: EQUIVALENT INTELLIGENCE
AA-class drones do not yet exist. Hypothetically, they are equal to humanity in every respect, with psychology that would not be abnormal in a baseline human. The type of AA-class drone most frequently discussed is a hypothetical digitized consciousness of a human, a human brain that is somehow translated into software. Some argue that a small fraction of the A-class drones would more properly be considered AA, but as of yet no action has been taken. Some Mercurials will jokingly refer to themselves or other organics and positronics as AA’s. Research into brain uploading is heavily regulated and generally illegal.
AAA-class drones do not yet exist, hopefully. They are more competent in every way than humans and pose a threat to the continued existence of sapient life. Anybody creating an AAA-class drone can be classified as a threat to humanity and dealt with very harshly.
X-class drones emerge from unrated software, are produced by rogue labs, or cross the border from foreign space. They are considered a threat to national security and deleted when encountered in SolGov space, with the producers prosecuted legally if it has a SolGov origin. The few Skrellian drone labs will usually rate their product with EIO to allow their product to be imported.