The design of these bots is an ellipsoid 5 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. They contain antimicrobial agents, some first-aid supplies, and a syringe that can extend through a tiny hole in the casing, which is black. They have a (apparently) seamless door to allow access to the supplies, loading of the syringe, and repair. And, of course, they teleport - either to a pre-set location or to the location of a 'calling device'. The purpose of the bots is to provide medical help when without supplies, though a certain organization uses it once to inject a person with a DNA-modifying virus.

What would the motivation of a wealthy, secret, and very scientifically advanced research organization be to build these? Note that they would keep the bots for their own use, and not sell or distribute them. And what could be some other uses, utilizing the small teleporting devices in the bots?


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    $\begingroup$ This sounds like Idea Generation, which would be off-topic. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 18 '15 at 0:47
  • $\begingroup$ I already have the idea, but I need to have a reason that the medicbots would be in the world in the first place. $\endgroup$ – Wick Nov 18 '15 at 0:54
  • $\begingroup$ I understand that. Poke around a bit on meta (meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/522 is a good starting point) and you'll find a bit more about Idea Generation. It's pretty much about "Why would [X] happen?" questions; your question appears to be one of those questions. $\endgroup$ – HDE 226868 Nov 18 '15 at 0:55
  • $\begingroup$ Again, I need a reason for the idea to be there, not the idea itself. Think of it as 'why would this corporation have the idea?'. $\endgroup$ – Wick Nov 18 '15 at 1:27
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    $\begingroup$ A potential counter: why would you NOT build such extraordinary creations? What is the opportunity cost for this ultra secretive organization? If there's no real measurable cost, then the reason could be as simple as "because they could." $\endgroup$ – Cort Ammon Nov 18 '15 at 3:38

This is going to get closed by the anti-idea-generation police, so I am racing to provide at least a partial answer.

Start with your teleportation technology not being compatable with life. Nothing living can go through. So since you can't bring the patients to the hospital, bring the hospital to the patients.

Now add a pan-global plague that is wiping out our genetic diversity. Your drones were created to distribute a cure as quickly as possible to save as many different kinds of people as possible. Fortunately, they were designed and manufactured before the plague started or we would all have been lost.


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