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Multi-Bots


Extending the idea of the remote probe, one can envision a network of robots, with very limited individual intelligence, controlled by one master robot. For example, a team of robots acting as security guards don't necesarily need independent intelligence. With video and audio transmission these guard can communicate with the central system when they need advising. If a guard were to detect something questionable, it would send a transmisson to the master intelligence who would decide a course of action, assign a target, etc. A limited intelligence system, allowing the guard to "patrol" and fight when needed, does seem necesary, but it should be considerably simpler (and cheaper) than a standard Artifical Intelligence.

Further, if these "drones" are just one member of a larger team, they don't seem to require onboard power plants. They could run off of battery power and recharge in staggered shifts. With the advent of quantum effect batteries these robots could take "shifts" for nearly a full day before running out of power and be back on the job after only a few hours of recharging.

Drones controlled by a central intelligence seem to be a very cost effective alternative to the standard rules of robot construction. For simple tasks like security it seems that a Standard Artificial Intelligence is appropriate.  The central intelligence is developed as usual, but the remote controlled models could be relatively cheap and interchangable.


Drone Artificial Intelligence

Combat: Equiv to 5th level Hand to Hand: Expert
4 attacks per melee; +1 strike w/ built in weapons; +3 parry/dodge, +2 strike, +2 initiative, +2 roll/pull
WP: Pistol; WP: Rifle

Cost: $650,000


Drone Examples

Standard Security Guard
Cost: $6,442,000

Type 2 Humanoid Frame; PS 20, PP: 20, Spd: 30
Drone Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Audio; Radio Reciever/Transmitter; Digital Audio Recorder; Single Voice Synthesizer; Inaudible Frequency Transmission
Advanced Optics; Laser Targeting System; Targeting Sight, Telescopic Vision; Video Reciever/Transmitter; Digital Video Recorder; Searchlight
Motion Detector and Warning System
Wrist Spikes (x2); Finger Blaster (x4); Chemical Spray: Tear, CO2
600 Added SDC (825 total)
Cylindrical Quantum Effect Battery: 10 kpphr

Robo-Kitty Sentry
Cost: $3,085,000
Type 2 Small Animal Frame; Spd: 40; 2 cm diameter prehensile tail
Drone Artificial Intelligence
Advanced Audio; Radio Reciever/Transmitter; Digital Audio Recorder; Single Voice Synthesizer; Inaudible Frequency Transmission
Advanced Optics; Targeting Sight, Telescopic Vision; Video Reciever/Transmitter; Digital Video Recorder
Motion Detector and Warning System
Wrist Spikes (x2); Mini-Laser; Chemical Spray: Blind, CO2; Self Destruct; Small Claws (x4), Small Fangs
Realistic Fur, Eyes
Cylindrical Quantum Effect Battery: 1 kpphr