Mandroids

Mandroids are androids controlled by humans brains rather than artificial brains.

There were many attempts from the 22nd century onwards to provide artificial means to support brains, but the problem of interfacing with the spinal cord was bot solved until late in the 25th century, when organised neural regeneration was achieved

DEVELOPMENT OF MOBILE BRAIN SUPPORT

Starting out first as a medical technology, Mobile Brain Support (MBS)soon took the development in robot and android hardware to make android bodies with MBS units in control. The Brain in a box.

Military use of MBS pushed the development quickly. Starting with passive cryosuspension, the techniques evolved through the 22nd century to the point where it was possible to keep a human brain alive, in a box. It required a roomful of hardware, and technicians (not nurses)and a very large amount of money, so it was never gong to catch on. But there was another problem, the effects of the most profound sensory deprivation possible on a human mind, madness.

Nonetheless, the technology of MBS improved to the point where it could be relatively small. Nanoblood provided anticlotting factors, transport proteins, nanorepair units as well as gas exchange. Gas exchange across Nanomembranes could be made achieved in a unit as small a a single real lumg, so bulky and heavy oxygen tanks or fuel cells were needed for oxygenation. The advancement in robotic bodies soon possible to produce a humanoid body with the necessary gear to provide brain support.

The first units were bulky, limited in endurance and in need of frequent maintenance. The real limiting factor was the difficulty of connecting the spinal cord root to the android. Technically it could be done anytime from the 23rd century onwards, as neural regeneration and regrowth had been achieved by then. The problem was it took time, more than 12 months, and in that time that Brain, a person had been sitting disconnected from the world. Most went insane, like the SF storey, I have no mouth but I must scream.

There were 2 approaches to the problem. The first involved keeping the person in a coma during the regrowth period then a period 1 to 3 years of learning. It was difficult and expensive. Only filthy rich psychopaths or the military, took it up to any degree.

The second approach to the problem was to speed up nearal regeneration and interfacing, making it as accurate and thus quick as possible. This involved development in many technological areas and as such was not achieved until the 25th century.

After this the technology improved to make the experience almost seemless. With Dynamic Neural Mapping(DNM) possible with development of level 6+ AI, it meant copying and storage of minds was possible, no longer was the person tied to old fashioned flesh, the personality could now 'run' on a quantum AI. There were many other implications of DNM, the virtuals, p-clones and the strange world that developed before the AI Exodus.

Needless to say, those Mandroids who elected to be 'upgraded' to run as Quantum AI's met the same fate as all the other high level AI after the Exodus. They went the way of the virtuals and the p-clones. So only the 'true' Mandroids, those still running wetware made it through to 31st century.

MANDROID SOCIAL ISSUES

Mandroids were always more accepted as human than pure androids. Especially before they got hosted on QBrains.

A lot of the dislike for Mandroids stems from there origins. A few, often very unpleasant rich folks with a self improvement fetish, military or ex-military with buggered up personalities, both groups with attitude problems. The non-enhanced were jealous of there 'super abilities', while Primes loathed them and the concept.

There were also those uncomfortable sexual issues.

So while in a legal sense they conformed as human on most worlds, in a social sense they were ostracised.

Mandroids for the most part used the best nanoskins to simulate human skin and tissue. It was only after the start of the AI conflict, when Terran authorities banned Androids and forced Mandroid to forgo human simulation that

The wetware mandroids that made it through to the 31st century were small in number, probably less than a hundred thousand. The surviving nanotech was sufficient to maintain there hardware and wetware. They found themselves in a powerful postion, no longer were the god like super AI around, nor were there droids with reasonably high level AI.

Depending on their hardware, which could be any of the millions of things used by androids and robots, and there personal likes, they found a variety of employment.

Many with hardened military bodies stayed in the military, or became explorers or in some cases became criminals and rebel leaders. The benefit of almost immortal hardware & wetware tended to make them leaders, it gave them an advantage over the Genies.

Those Mandroids without miltek, tended to have significant physical or mental attributes. So they became politicians and leading scientists.

In some societies there was a backlash. Most Prime worlds never accepted them. There were always rumours of secret Mandroid cults, often with horrible, bloody rituals. On some planets, especially Prime worlds, Mandroids featured as the bogey man in fairy tales told to scare children.

Other worlds however, welcomed them, and their surviving Tek, experience, knowledge and abilities.

The Mandroids lot, was thus a mixed one.