Primary technology of Tier 2
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- "Robots do not complain, question, or rest, which makes them good role models for the rest of you."
- Vadim Kozlov, Axioms from the Minutes of the Central Directorate
The field of robotics was already well advanced at the time of the Seeding, with robots used extensively in Mankind’s conquest of the Solar system. With the dramatic advances in mechanical manufacturing, electronic engineering and computer science since planetfall – not to mention the demands of the relatively few humans attempting to survive – it was inevitable that research into robotics was equally dramatic. From the semi-autonomous agricultural, mining and manufacturing robots to the AI humanoid forms, robots are so integral a part of every colony that their sheer numbers are unremarked. Research has focused on making them ever sturdier, so that more tasks in situations that would be extremely dangerous to humans can be transferred. Meanwhile, time-intensive service industries – such as child care and basic health care – are being transferred to humanoid robots.