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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

. Bleak, but the human crew wouldn't have survived for long anyway. Why? I also believe the humans would have separate eject-able chamber and eject before the crash and land. The androids wouldn't ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

I think there's a huge chunk of the story that can be assumed, but missing in your question. We are talking about a "fully automated exploration vessle. 1.1) Exploration - presumes that sensors ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

Try and find some parallels between human advancement and this android species, then work off those parallels to create something new. You could make it so the androids created tools and began to mine ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

The dead human bodies are invaluable If Marvin and co can get bacteria, or even better, plants that can survive the new planet from them, then they have an incredibly powerful terraforming technology. ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

The androids are still on a mission of exploration. The ship is crashed and the humans dead. But they know there are more humans that funded this exploration, and these humans will want the androids ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

The planet is not a good match for human conization and yet humans went there with bots. Thr bots probably have terraforming among their tasks. A handful of robots cannot terraform a planet. They ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

The fixing android finds lots of things to fix. The planet is lifeless. It was not always so. There are many, many old machines on this planet. Your fixing android is driven to fix broken machines. ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

1. Initial Motivation: First, establish the androids' primary directives: The preservation and support of the human crew. The preservation and support of the spacecraft. The preservation of the ship'...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

Ignoring software... Metallurgy The androids need to be able to fabricate several different sorts of material from raw materials. Metallurgy is the big one. This will be difficult for them. On Earth, ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

You are going to go down a deep rabbit hole on AI here. And ultimately have to define exactly What type of AI, AGI, Narrow? General? Super? What were the limitations humans put on them if any? IF they ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

In order to maintain a starship the andriods must be technically proficient. Is that even up to smelting ore, metallurgy, and manufacturing? It's not beyond the realm of possibility that they would be ...
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Do androids left on their own have any hope of replicating?

They are programmed that way The first question would be: why do the androids replicate at all? After all, with the humans dead, it could very well be that the androids no longer have any task to do ...
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Advantages of reverse jointed legs in bipedal mechs?

Let's look at the anatomy of a pair of Mechs in popular fiction: The savvy one might recognize the iconic MadCat Mk2 from Battletech/Mechwarrior and VF-1 Valkyrie from SDF Macross in GERWALK mode. ...
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Advantages of reverse jointed legs in bipedal mechs?

Your knees are always in the way when you're squatting down and trying to see and work in the area on the ground in front of your feet. It would be much more convenient in those situations if they ...
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Advantages of reverse jointed legs in bipedal mechs?

The difference between a knee and an ankle Forward bending joints and rear bending joints on rear and bipedal legs have separate purposes in the animal kingdom. The knee helps us adjust how far our ...
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Advantages of reverse jointed legs in bipedal mechs?

Joints Let's say these fine engineers have taken clues from biology and are trying to select some joint for their walkers. They would likely be looking at various "knee joints" in the animal ...
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Would the ability to eat and digest food help to fuel the stigma against sentient androids?

Certainly! Why would they eat? Humans will regard the androids as wannabe people, pretending to eat while they are not, only to keep up appearances as fake humans. They will regard it as a waste of ...
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What is the ideal 'mouth' shape for rock eating robots?

As they're robots, and there's no problem with them having freely-rotating ceramic or metal parts, there are any number of real-world designs to copy. A more interesting question would be how ...
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What is the ideal 'mouth' shape for rock eating robots?

Their mouth could be a circular suction tube like those used in mining to suck rubble away. You didn't say where the hydraulic hammer was on their body, how about in its mouth/suction tube? Before I ...
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What is the ideal 'mouth' shape for rock eating robots?

Jaw-style rock crusher: No magic. Engineering has already solved this problem. Industrial rock crushers are a thing, and the up-close view of these in action is in this video. https://www.youtube.com/...
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