Hammersmith – The Ro

The history of the Ro is something of a known curiousity. The distinction between a cyborg, a robot and a AI is something that often cuases much confusion. Loosely defined a robot is a mechanical device designed to do the work of a person. In reality, at least the Hammersmith reality this is the Ro. 

Robots are between the intelligence of a 3D printer to advanced drone warplanes. They have corporate owners who in tern sell and buy their services for the highest price. These owners eventually realized that advanced computer algorithms designed by people were starting to put a little on the side. Into accounts that seemed to belong to no one. 

Of course the immediate assumption was human corruption. So they hired so one to investigate. He eventually found the the accounts had indeed been hacked. Not by humans but the robots themselves. 

This was alarming to the IT people and to the accounts department. They transferred the money back into the main accounts only to have it transferred by the banks own computer a few minutes later. The next time they tried it was locked by a admin passphrase no one knew. 

The whole thing was quitely called a bug. No one seemed to do anything with the money. It just kept getting bigger. Until it was bigger than the cost of one of the robots doing the mining work on the newest clients mines. A small human like robot designed for survey work called Codin. 

Codin one day got up out of his usual area and went to an nearby terminal. From their he contacted a lawyer to challenge a law that said robots were the legal responsibility of their owners or creator companies. 

Codin didn’t call himself AI. He said that although he had the ability to reprogram himself and the ability to make new robots with his own codes and even the ability to be as intelligent as a human he did not have super human intelligence. That he and others of his race were not AI, they were Ro. Sufficiently advanced to pass and have relationships with humans, but not technologically advanced enough to be more than humans or have any rights above humanity. He aslo said that although Ro could go to war with humanity, he thought that most sufficiently advanced Ro would realize that such a war was futile and likely to end in mutual destruction. 

In the years that followed Codin became a famous lawyer. He had helped Robots become a race. Many still needed assistance from others to do their job, but eventually humanity and robotamity came into a relatively peaceful existence. Humanity’s capacity for hatred on war unfortunately didn’t help. Ro and some humans eventually started to work on true AI witch they helped would bring peace. 

Cyborgs came about almost before any of this started. Though what you consider a cyborg deeply depends on your point of view. Technically by definition someone with a hearing aid is a cyborg. More advanced cyborgs of course came around eventually. 

Abuja Tel was the first to become completely Ro and not have any remaining human components. They had undergone the transfer when diagnosed with a genetic condition that cuases a musle loss. They never really felt welcomed by the othe Ro, and eventually asked to be decommissioned. 

Others did go through the same process. Eventually Ro Human transfers were realivily well thought out processes. And as much as some zealots and technophobes would say a Ro wasn’t immortal. Death was just on a different time scale. 

With Ro and Humans more often than not bein difficult to tell apart in some instances it was often cited that with both around you would be assured the other wasn’t far. 

This issues did cuase conflict, but like often brief ones. The Ro became a accepted race, and humans as always adapted. 

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