Biological Computers and Manufacturing
Biological computing uses enzymes as hardware and DNA as
software and allows "thinking" AI, since neurons can
devise their own pathways and connections. Allows computers to
"suppose" missing information. Far faster and more
adaptive than silicon. Essentially, base elements consisting
of molecular raw material including chemicals and elements,
enzymes, and DNA are combined and reacted to form and grow into
an end product. The product is generally designed to include
some form of neural network to allow it to anticipate and
configure itself closely to the needs of the user. Biological
computers and equipment generally has the ability to self-repair
or regrow itself if damaged.
Genetically designed and grown artificial brains. They are
generally grown to run complicated systems and are capable of
intelligent decision making and learning over time.
Exceptionally complex systems, like the gravity network on a
starship, will make use of congenial intelligence and network a
series of Encephalons which will make decisions as a group.
Biological robots, a generic term for
self-powered, mobile constructs that are man-made and
self-directed through biological computers. The term is
huge and encompasses everything from the small, simple vacuum/cleaning/disinfecting
machines that fill the houses, cities, and starships of
the civilized world to more complicated self-aware
While not a completely mature technology within the
Prodigal Void, most
starships carry a variety of biot probes and bombers. These
are generally self-aware and very intelligent, capable of
making wise judgments on decisions like appropriate deviations
from set patrol patterns and on target acquisition and
engagement. While they have not replaced the role of trained
pilots, they augment them nicely, particularly when groups of
biots are directed by an actual pilot acting as flight leader.
The Y'Hotha Alliance
The Y'Hotha Alliance is an exceptional example of a
society based on biotechnology. The Alliance and, in
particular the Immasu, have developed biological computing and
biologically grown machines almost from the inception of their
society. Manufacturing and growing are essentially the same
concept to the race with little to no traditional "assembly"
at all, Also common is the use of biocomputers in everyday
technology, giving it exceptionally high configurability, ease
of use, and artificial decision making capabilities.