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Thoughts on Synthetics.

Just been thinking about "Kirasiinu" and their "relatives". Pulled together some new words and new terms, finally got the ideas I've had circling for weeks down on paper.

Kiravai Synthetics

     The Kiravai have three basic types of synthetica – intelligent, intelligent but improperly constructed, and nonintelligent. They take most of their nomenclature from a small number of word roots:
     “Kira” – people/race
     “Leri/Lerii” – lower-class people/worker/slave
     “Siinu” – (essentially) synthetic
     “Samu” – nonliving, simulated
     “Uma” – animal, pet.

     “Kirasiinu” are the very “best”, being self-aware intelligent autonomous life-forms, like Iios and Sei. They are given all the rights and privileges of a biological Kiravai, and treated with respect and deference as they are seen as a “higher life-form” by the Kiravai, but of course not all Kirasiinu live up to expectations. :P Kirasiinu can NOT be bought or sold, as they are considered to be living beings on a par with Kiravai themselves, and “selling” a Kirasiinu is slavery.
     Kirasiinu is also a term reserved exclusively for Synthoid Kiravai. Siinu with “improper presentations” are moved down a rung, to Lerisiinu.
     There are so far very few “young” Siinu – excluding the “known” Siinu (i.e. Iios, Breeze etc), there are eleven younger models, forming a “new generation”. Five of these are cobs, and six are pens (it would have been an even split, but one of the young females is an “extra”). As it is considered that they should be allowed to procreate if that is what they wish, it is possible that not many more will be built subsequently.
     All young Siinu so far have been adopted by childless couples, once a period of teaching on the part of the adoptive “parents” has been carried out and their suitability assessed. Two (twin girls) went together, in an experiment to see if they could help each other learn, but all the others have been adopted separately.
     It is hoped that having “parents” will help them learn – for instance, their morals are what they learn, and decide for themselves what is right or wrong, not what they are forced into by programming. Their ability to learn on academic matters (science, history, mathematics etc) is of course second to none, as they can recall and utilise most subjects they may choose to learn, but a lot of art-related or emotional matters have historically been extremely difficult to program.
     Incidentally, there are no “Kirasamu”, as this would mean “nonliving people” and implies a cadaver or dead thing.

     Lerisiinu essentially means “synthetic worker-class/slave being”. Lerisiinu are considered as “alive” as their Kirasiinu brethren, but since they are not Kiravai in form they are lower down the pecking order. Ivy, for instance, would be Lerisiinu, as would Eri, as neither are 100% Kiravai in form. Most Lerisiinu would be given some respect and some rights, but not many, and would be treated more like expensive pets or servants, but there are very few in existence since the Kiravai do not see a reason for going to the extraordinary expense of designing and building a synthetic life-form if you are then going to give it a non-Kiravai form.

     “Leriisamu” are the archetypal robots – the “nonliving worker creatures”. They are usually Kiravai in essential form, but look more obviously nonalive, through manner or outward appearance. They have a very limited set of behaviours, and can only operate exclusively under those instructions – anything which a Leriisamu can not immediately solve through its own programming flags up a warning on a master panel at their place of work, and a biological Kiravai controller will resolve the problem. Confused Leriisamu usually default to the same set of behaviours if they cannot proceed and it is an important or critical situation – they will often simply halt, and wait for assistance. If it is not a critical situation, many have been designed simply to log the event, explain that they have a limited behavioural subroutine and cannot oblige, and go on their way. (Their owners later download this “fault data” and can augment their programming to suit.)
     Most Leriisamu are put to work in jobs that are either unattractive to Kiravai and for which there is insufficient workforce to carry out, or which the Kiravai do not trust the Leriivai (the worker/slave species) to do because it is too delicate or requires quick reflexes. Leriisamu are therefore often employed as hotel chambermaids, cooks and cleaners, prison guards and night patrol watchmen, or else in jobs where a quick and immediate grasp of mathematics is an advantage, such as supervisors in the tricobalt mines or “stellar traffic controllers”. A small number are personal servants, but they are inordinately expensive and only the very affluent can afford them.

     “Umasamu” are small “animal robots” – designed to very closely mimic real animals, but often made to be “cuter”, like puppies that do not age. Most become pets, although a small number are used as remote surveillance systems.
     Umasamu are often given to children to keep them happy and amused while they are young – they are not only playful companion “animals”, they also act as guardians and protect the child from dangers. Some Umasamu are also used to teach responsibility, as they are programmed to “get sick” and shy if they are neglected, and ultimately “die” if their care is not improved. This simulated “death” is terminal, in spite of the fact the animal is not really “alive”, is only programming – a system cascade wipes out all neural activity, in much the same way an EMP will wipe magnetic data. This is partly because having a “reset button” is not seen to teach responsibility, as the child can simply neglect the pet until it dies, then start over again.

     Umasiinu, on the other hand, are the intelligent synthetic animals – on a par with a very smart dog, and autonomous and considered “alive”, unlike the Umasamu. They understand at least 70% of what goes on around them, and can choose how to respond to something, although they are almost all exclusively non-violent. Most are either pets or used as security staff – autonomous and far-less visible than a security guard would be, Umasiinu are popular “guard dogs”, although a lot do “double duty”, patrolling the perimeter of an individual’s property by night and being a companion animal by day.
     Some are exclusively pets, of course – helpers to older or unfirm Kiravai, dedicated guardians to children, or just company for bored housewives. Some are smart enough to play games like the Kiravai version of “chess”, for instance, or help out if the lady of the house is preparing for a dinner party. None can speak, however – it is seen as bad taste to give a beast the power of a Kiravai voice.

     Lastly, the Kiravai have a form of slang for their creations, also, although on the whole Kiravai do not go in for slang or “gutter talk”. “Siinu” is a useful catch-all shorthand for any intelligent autonomous synthetic life-form, and tends to be used if an individual is not sure what to call someone – Ivy is usually dubbed “little Siinu” when in Kiravai company.
     “Samu” is a more disrespectful term, and tends to be used by those few Kiravai who do not agree with synthetic organisms – those who have an intense value on their biological birthright, who see themselves as the “pinnacle of evolution” and Kirasiinu as “mockeries” or insincere duplicates. All synthetic organisms will be dubbed “Samu” by those who feel strongly enough to use it in the first place. Essentially, it means “nonliving”, and implies an unwillingness to consider anything nonbiological as a life form.

Edit: Just a small update to the "Kirasiinu" section. Some more thoughts.


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 7th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Nice ideas! Of course, it still seems like you'll need more synth characters in general in order for some of these to work... ;)
Jun. 7th, 2007 07:54 am (UTC)
Heh, who says I haven't already? ;)
Jun. 24th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
Your ability to create terminology continues to amaze me. Hm. Synthetic pets.... And I'm assuming there's no leriisamu, either.
Jun. 24th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
...eh? You lost me. I just described Leriisamu. *headscratch*
Jun. 25th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
*scrolls up* So you did. Apparently I can't read... oh well.
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