In one of the (probably too many) settings I'm working on at the moment, most computer technology is quite primitive; There are no home or office computers, and, whilst computers are quite common in laboratories and engineers' offices, these are very crude, with the best common computers taking up nearly a cubic meter and only having 512 kilobytes of RAM and a 20 MHz processor.
Despite this, though, there are pseudo-androids, that is, non-biological people.
My question is: How can this be?
I admit that on its own this is not a very helpful question, since "nonbiological person" could mean virtually anything, so I have a list of criteria that defines a nonbiological person.
A nonbiological person:
- Is chemically non-biological; They may be chemically organic, in the sense of being primarily composed of carbon with the next most abundant elements being hydrogen and oxygen, but they may not be made of proteins or amino acids.
- Is not capable of healing, where healing is defined as being a passive process requiring no conscious effort from the entity in question and requiring no physical movement outside of the area affected.
- Is not capable of reproducing in the manner of a biological organism.
- Can have any part of their body except for whatever passes for their brain replaced without significant changes to their personality or any long-term harm to any bodily function.
- Has the capacity for complex analysis.
- Has the ability to understand purely abstract non-mathematical concepts.
- Has general intelligence capable of a wide variety of skills, including the ability to learn new skills over time.
- Has emotions.
- Has a distinct personality.
- Can communicate coherently in human language.
I would prefer not to receive answers saying it cannot be done or similar.