Abbreviation of Robot (from the work Rossom's Universal Robots by Karel Čapek, 1st century BT). A subsentient or sentient, semi- or fully autonomous software program or hardware device, robot, or remote; the word bot is generally reserved for devices or programs which are not self-aware (that is, non-sophont) but are capable of acting within certain limits (see also vot).
However the word bot is often used perjoratively to describe artificial sophonts of various kinds, particularly self-aware Moravec robots (vecs). In particular a human-level or 'Turingrade' vec is often called a 'bot' by other vecs and modosophonts.
Sophont entities sometimes use remote bots, also known as remotes, to operate in locations distant from their main processing substrate.
Bots are found in many sizes, from the nanoscopic to macroscopic, and can be arranged in multiple to form active materials such as utility fog. From autodocs to erotobots, the everyday lives of sophonts throughout the terragen sphere are made possible by trillions of tireless, mindless and utterly dependable bots.
- Bot Marxism
- Bushbot, Bushvec
- Cryovecs, Cryobots
- Cytobot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A bot approximately the size of a cell. Alternatively, a bionano or biomeso-based and/or built or grown organic device the size and shape of a biological cell; an artificial but still organic cell that can be given instructions like any nano or mesobot.
- Erotobot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A vec - either softbot or hardbot - employed for erotic or sexual purposes. Generally turingrade, but very rarely superturing.
- Mechmoss and Nanoalgae
- Membot, Memebot
- Mesobot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
An autonomous device or structure, whether sentient or non-sentient, of mesoscale size (generally 10-7 to 10-6 m); very large nanodevices like foglets and cytobots. May be organic and biological, mechanical and aioidal, or any combination of the two.
- Microbot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Autonomous device on the microscale (10-6 m); larger than a nanobot but smaller than a macroscopic bot (the limit is usually set somewhat arbitrarily at one millimeter). Microbots are used for a variety of tasks such as monitoring, repairs, nanite transport and production and smart materials.
- Mitebot - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Microscopic or near-microscopic organic or mechanical robot, usually arachnid-like in form. Similar to a gnatbot except that it crawls rather than flies.