Bioroids are artificially intelligent androids produced by the Haas-Bioroid corporation. Universally, bioroids are property and have no rights. Groups like the Liberty Society campaign to change this fact, and are opposed by groups like Humanity First. "Full-body" bioroids are denoted by the perjorative slang "golems" and are frequent targets for random violence and destruction (as seen in the Android board game, and the Netrunner card Experiential Data).
The Three Directives EditAll bioroids are subject to the Three Directives, rules which form the core of a bioroid's programming. The Directives are inspired by Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics".
Putting the "Bio" in BioroidEdit
Despite what the name might imply, bioroids have no biological components. Bioroid design is based on a method of mapping human brains developed and patented by Haas-Bioroid - presumably the term is a shortening of something like biomimetic androids, because the artificial intelligence is based on the function of a biological brain. In the case of some bioroids, fragmented memories of the original intelligence can remain. This process is called cerebral imaging (as is the sub-company that provides it), and requires an enormous amount of data storage.
"Full-body" bioroids have synthskin on their faces and hands to make them more palatable to humans, but typically have a visible synthetic shell. They can also be identified by their artificial eyes, which are solid silver orbs. If they cover their eyes (glass technology is popular in the world of Android) and wear a coat, they can pass for human with relative ease. Bioroids are made of five different types of plastic around a titanium frame and are incredibly strong and durable.
Models of full body Bioroid include the pleasure models Adonis (“When the limits of possibility are expanding everyday, you should never settle for second best.”) and Eve, the rescue worker Rex, industrial worker Adam, efficiency expert Ash, financial manager Alix and middle-management models Greg and Gillian.
Specific full-body bioroids include
Not all bioroid brains are installed into a humanoid body. Others are designed specifically to interface with the Net. Some have claimed that such bioroids have unstable personalities, and that net bioroids are capable of inflicting brain damage on human users. Haas-Bioroid denies such claims, but any unwary Runner who has run afoul of Bioroid Ice knows that the corporation is more than willing to harness bioroids' ability to damage human brains.
Net bioroids include the various editions of Eli, Heimdall, Viktor, Sherlock and Ichi (all of which are examples of bioroid Ice)
Ichi's name is the Japanese for the number one, and may be a reference to the titular character in the film Ichi the Killer. Viktor appears to be named after and drawn to resemble Victor the Cleaner in the film Nikita; both are terribly violent assassins. Heimdall of course comes from Norse mythology and you know who Sherlock Holmes is.
In the Bible, Eli is the mentor of Samuel, and suffers under a curse that his descendants will all die young, as punishment for the behaviour of his sons. Eli also dies with shock when the Ark of the Covenant is captured by the Philistines. In Chaos Theory's introductory fiction, Chaos defeats Eli to steal something valuable, and Eli indicates there will be consequences for him.
Bioroids and AIsEdit
While bioroids are certainly an example of artificial intelligence, the setting also contains AIs. The distinction between these is not entirely clear, but it seems likely that the term "bioroid" covers any artificial brain based on human brain mapping, where AI refers to software agents which have been programmed without an attempt to mimic biological brains.