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When I buy a robot (buying gear at character creation), does it come with a basic AI that knows how to operate the 'bot, or do I have to purchase the AI separately?

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up vote 8 down vote accepted

I asked Eclipse Phase authors on Twitter :

Response Here

Nope, they come with a device AI (see the section on non-sapient AIs for skill stats).

and Here

What you can also do that is kind of a cool trick is either teleoperate them or add a cyberbrain & use them as morphs.--jg

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I don't know how to do this... - ok found it - done! :) – Klaim Aug 12 '11 at 20:10

I would say it comes with a basic type of AI that will give the robot the ability to perform normal tasks. Anything more complex will require teaching from your part. If you wanted a veteran AI in your robot, then yes, I would say that it require a cost.

Of course, you could always fork yourself and have the fork work/teach the robot then merge with your fork. Or have a crippled fork that just stays inside the robot and does things for you -- no need for an AI then.

Of course, you referee may make the AI something special as part of the story. If the robot is a legacy from before the Titans, then that opens plenty of interesting story ideas. Maybe the AI in it is a fork of someone else. Who? Why? ... Oh look plot ideas.

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Can a delta fork run natively on a robot, or does a cyberbrain need to be installed? – RMorrisey Aug 12 '11 at 13:22
It would depend on the robot I guess. If it had diminished ego loader capability, then it would be able to. Of course, if it could take a whole fork, the robot would be called a morph. If it had a permanent link to the mesh, then the fork could live in the mesh. If it had neither, you should upgrade it so it does, you low tech punk! </point d'ironie> – Sardathrion Aug 12 '11 at 13:34

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