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Author Topic: Uncle Issac's Robot Emporium  (Read 473 times)

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Offline VariousTopic starter

Uncle Issac's Robot Emporium
« on: July 21, 2019, 11:20:27 am »
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In the future, personal robots exist for use in many aspects of daily life. A particular subset of robots are euphemistically called 'companion bots' meant to act as a significant other to those who cannot or will not find a partner any other way. They are given personalities (either individually or a specific default personality depending on model) and are anatomically correct.

My character is recently purchased from Uncle Issac's Robot Emporium, either an android (male) or a gynoid (female). The specifics are up to discussion, and it may be interesting to have them assigned in keeping with the artificial nature of the character. I do find the bimbo aesthetic boring (bleach blonde, dead eyes, cosmetic alterations to lips and chest), however.

Exactly how human the robot looks can vary greatly. On one far end of the spectrum, they are human only in shape. They are otherwise chrome or plastic and obviously so. They may or may not have artificial hair. In the middle, they look mostly human but are obviously off. They have copious seams and inhuman eyes, maybe a back glow. This may be by law. Finally, on the other end of the spectrum they are indistinguishable from humans unless you take them to a robotic specialist.

Defective. My character may be defective (sold deeply discounted and 'As is'). This could be physical damage that is too expensive or extensive to fix. This could be a glitch of some kind (maybe it results in some sort of fetish).

Inhumanity. The idea that my character is distinctly inhuman. This could be physical (plastic body or obvious seams). She may also look off as part of aftermarket modifications (elf/Vulcan ears for example). This could be mental (they are obviously a machine in their thought processes). This could be spiritual (questions of free will). This could be textually (you see multiple 'thems' walking the street in the same way you see more than one of the same make and model of car).

Obsolescence. The idea that my character may be (or inevitably will be) replaced. This is especially true if they are a used model already. Unlike a laptop, she may internalize and fear this. Seeing the new model in a commercial or walking the street could cause existential crisis.

On the other side of the coin, that ignoring wear and tear, my character will not age and my owner will can be explored. Maybe their owner still has the same model they got in their 20s when they've reached retirement age. The framework of the story could be steps in their life that they're reminiscing about.

Override. Their owner may be able to override aspects of their personality/behavior with reprogramming. For example, their reaction to a particular action can be changed. They can be told to take/not take a certain action. The robot may or may not be aware of this change and be unable to externalize it.

Taboo. While legal, the purchase and use of companion bots may carry a social stigma much like the purchase and use of a blowup doll. The fact that they are arguably programmed to mimic love may also contribute to the taboo.

Offline VariousTopic starter

Re: Uncle Issac's Robot Emporium
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 07:13:13 am »
Monthly bump.