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Linden grid account lily.wayfarer Port of origin Kansas City Starport, United States, Earth
Name Lily Model NS-115/476 Serial number 476-64-9335
Kampff-Voet test status (?) NOT YET TESTED; TESTING REQUIRED Owner or affiliated organization University of Iowa - Department of Robotic Engineering
Manufacturer General Dynamics Date of manufacture 2012-07-24
Reason for immigrating Exploration and Dataset Improvement | Field Testing Biography NS-476-64-9335 is a gynoid unit currently operating on a Scout Class VI controller created for military applications as part of General Dynamics' Project: RABBIT, which sought to create an advanced reconnaissance platform (named for the 'rabbit ear' sensing and range finding devices that sprout from the units' head). RABBIT was an ambitious project, intending to entirely replace organic scouts by using a highly adaptable and sophisticated AI Controller and organic learning system. The Project was ultimately undone by its own ambition; the customized device bios and firmware and the difficulties involved in programming and running a stable organic personality development neural network (Type 5a1) caused RABBIT to end up behind schedule and well overbudget. The follow-on Project: FERRET was more successful, partially because of its use of a standard Type 5a3 architecture and more off-the-shelf components.

The prototype units of Project: RABBIT were originally programmed on the NS Aegis controller but using proprietary operating systems. These prototypes remained in operation for a time, but it was found that they were extremely glitch-probe in the Aegis ecosystem, and by the time the project was shelved a year later, Lily was the only unit that had yet to suffer a total system meltdown. As development for FERRET geared up, Lily was reactivated as a project testbed and transferred to the Companion 8.6 / ATOS-E environment, which was much more stable. For a time, General Dynamics and Raytheon (who had joined the project as a co-contractor) considered fitting Lily with a traditional parametric compliance adaptability system and continuing to use her to test drivers for the FERRET program, but it was found that her equipment was entirely non-compatible. She was due to be decommissioned, but a professor at the University of Iowa in the department of Robotics Engineering became aware that they were planning on scrapping the unit and purchased her instead.

After approximately a year of lab testing, the Department elected to transition to field testing, and put her adaptive learning system to the test against other systems using more modern parametric compliance architectures, to gauge whether the organic development model still offers any advantage in learning speed or depth. She and the control units (standard NS-115 units operating under normal parameters) were dispatched to various colonies, with directives to learn and explore (and of course, report back regularly).

Due to the original parameters of RABBIT, Lily has a lightweight military-grade chassis that possesses strength no greater than a human, though with more durability and far better dexterity and sensory capabilities; due to funding constraints, these systems were not replaced by typical civilian models. The University of Iowa disarmed her and removed her ATOS-E programming subsystem before she was dispatched for Eisa.

Notice for Local Authorities: This unit may require an extended Kampff-Voet battery due to the system's unique logic loop system combined with compute power limitations of the NS-115 controller hardware that together may inadvertently mimic human response times and lead to a false negative Kampff-Voet result when using a standard truncated testing battery.
last updated: 2021-03-31 01:00:56
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