By the mid 22nd Century, artificial intelligence had advanced so much that there was a ‘droid’ for pretty much everything. Whether one needed medical attention (MediDroid), cleaning up (SaniDroid), help with shopping (KardashaDroid), needed to eat (StarDroid) or desired some companionship (ComfortDroid) there was a two-legged human-like robot of varying shapes, sizes and sexes that you could easily summon to help you.
Most droids would either help you on the spot (depending of course on how private or personal the help required was…) or very quickly take you somewhere to get more in-depth, specialist support. A MediDroid, for example, had a built-in person carrier which if necessary could be deployed to take an individual quickly to an appropriate facility or to connect to a specialist virtual clinic.
Droids had come to be a trusted form of artificial intelligence though they had recently gone through a bad patch with the so-called ‘Life4Real’ hack. This group, made up of a group of former university professors and dedicated to the restoration of antiquated systems and processes, launched a virus attack on G-Soft that almost brought down that tech giant’s AI network.
Of course, G-Soft managed to restore full service quite quickly but not before a few people who just wanted a suit cleaned got mistakenly whisked off for major surgery!
Oh yes, everyone asks what Cat is. Well, in short, he’s a massive pain in the butt to me and a right little know-it-all to boot (occasionally literally:-) ).
In reality Cat (note the capital C) is an artificial intelligence or what I like to call a robot. He has a Rubanon skin which makes him pretty indestructible (though a T. Rex nearly bit him in half once). Now that’s a story – and of course once again I saved his bacon. Not that he’s a pig of course.
Anyway, he is a robot and he is there to serve me and protect me in my duties as an Intergalactic Tax Inspector. Aside from the fact that he has the hardest outer coating known, and inside is full of chips (not the edible kind), he looks to all intents and purposes, due to clever body sculpting, like an ordinary domestic cat. I have to say he has many of the nastier characteristics of domestic cats!!
Well actually Rubanon, strictly speaking, isn’t on Earth as such. It’s a substance invented around 100 years ago, just after the start of the 22nd Century, by Professor Retnug Natiloportem (try saying that when you’ve had a half of Navah syrup).
She combined good old rubber with the element Memon (the hardest metal known to the human race) to invent Rubanon. This skin like material provides an incredibly hard yet flexible covering that can be used for a range of purposes, including as a very lifelike and hard wearing outer skin for robots.
Memon was discovered many years ago in our own Solar System, on Mars.