Bygonehero wrote: ↑
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:16 pm
Theres been a push to give synthetics a culture of their own, in an attempt to better describe the average day-to-day problems an intelligent synthetic could face. My question to you is deceptively complicated, but its a question thats probably the most important one for players using your lore.
"Can you describe a day in the life of a regular (possibly free) synthetic working for Nanotrasen?"
I wouldn't even call this deceptively complicated- it's just complicated. There is a massive amount of possible variety made available to IPC characters thanks not only to their possible origins, where most other species find their variety, but their design, their purpose, the story that led them where they are now, their personal status, and their owner, or lack thereof. Being one of the more unique facets of IPC characters, that's a good place to start.
The difference between an owned and free IPC, even in the relatively 'accepting' setting of Tau Ceti, is massive. Despite the more liberally freeing laws that allow IPCs not only to be
free, but in some cases even to be citizens, it can be difficult for a free IPC to budget enough pay or even find access to the same maintenance and repair facilities that owned frames can often take for granted. Maintaining functionality would be the primary concern of any IPC, free or owned, because an IPC that is not fully functional is making less money. The less money it makes, the less capable it is of remaining functional-.. And so on. While organic species have similar concerns, the cost
of food and minor medical care is nowhere near comparable to the cost of a reliable power supply and intimate maintenance. Owned IPCs generally have these provided by their owner, so long as they are bring in more money than they expend by being managed. Owned IPCs, then, are still concerned with maintaining their functionality, but do so by working efficiently and productively in order to retain their usefulness in the eyes of their owner. In either case, an IPC working for NanoTrasen's primary goal is retaining their job, and maintaining efficiency, so that they can secure their continued operation, either to sustain themselves or to satisfy their owner.
Socially and politically, synths aren't much better off. While all synthetics are looked down on by certain groups, even in Tau Ceti, free synthetics in particular still have a sizable portion of the population opposing their existence. Outside of the Frontier, Tau Ceti, a single solar system, is one of the only locations free synthetics can be found en-masse. While politically they are accepted to a larger degree than anywhere else, they still remain a marginalized minority by far, both experiencing harassment and outright attacks simply for existing. While organizations such as the SIM exist, they are comparatively small bastions of help and positivity compared to the rest of the galactic arm, and rarely have the resources, manpower, and facilities to maintain or otherwise assist the amount of synthetics that reside in Tau Ceti. The average individual will at best be nonplussed, at worst passive-aggressive, while an unusually strongly opinionated individual will either cheerily greet you-.. Or bash the side of your monitor in. Owned synthetics may face the same prejudices as well, due to extremists often not caring to identify their targets, but otherwise would be treated more as an environmental factor than a sentient being, much the same way as most other electronics are considered.
In the work environment, free IPCs can expect smaller paychecks and fewer opportunities to advance in their position without showing exceptional capability, particularly in face of organic alternatives. Synthetic workers were created to work better for cheaper, and regardless of the real financial situation most free IPCs find themselves in, this is frequently how they are handled from a personnel standpoint. Owned IPCs are, by their nature, 'rented' specifically for the task NanoTrasen has paid for when assigned to shifts with the corporation. "Promoting" an owned synthetic would be a complicated and, in relation to the synthetic's owner, likely expensive prospect. It will often be easier and cheaper to simply assign a human to the post than bother renegotiating the work contract the owned IPC is already working under. Both of these situations increase the pressure that working IPCs face in regards to showing unusually efficient conduct- that is, after all, what synthetic workers are made for, to be more capable than organic workers. Otherwise, many synthetic workers can expect to stay exactly where they are for as long as they can continue to operate, as this is ultimately the cheapest way to handle a synthetic worker that doesn't display any attributes that put it above and beyond organic employees.