Asimos or Asimovecs

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Asimos or Asimovecs are sophont server vecs whose only duty is to serve others, provided that they are taken care of. As their name suggests their creation was inspired by the Old Earth science fiction author Dr. Isaac Asimov. As further tribute they are generally programmed with a slightly modified version of the near mythic Three Laws of Robotics. Asimos are not to be confused with the ancient servant vecs and machine-workers of the Interplanetary Period or the slave-vecs in some vec-unfriendly polities. They are not slaves in any way and are given full sentient rights, including the right to choose and leave an owner.

Most members of this superclade is found almost entirely in the Utopia Sphere and in the areas controlled by the Caretaker Gods. Ever since their existence became common knowledge soon after the Version War, opinion has been very divided. Vec supporters have often argued that their position is no better than the so-called slave-vecs. Luddites and other anti-vec groups have said that the Asimos are the ideal level of all sophont vecs. Numerous minor conflicts have erupted over this, but the Asimos themselves are indifferent. All they want is a safe place to work and an assurance of proper treatment and regular maintenance. Mostly they are found in households doing household chores or in offices doing similar work. A small percentage are employed in light industry. All of them are SI:<1 and have never shown intentions of becoming transapients. Asimo rebellions are unheard of. Though some attempts by hackers have ended up pretty badly, for the both the Asimo and the hacker.

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Text by Basu

Initially published on 01 February 2004.