In 2042 a new microchip called the A.I. chip hit the market. This chip would give any robot that used it a certain amount of freewill. First used in children’s toys, the new chip would soon take the world by storm. The A.I. chip gave these toys the ability to be interactive in a way never before imagined. It was hailed as one of the greatest advances in microchip technology ever. A new line of toys called companion toys became the rage. Companion toys were not just some toy; they were also playmates, teachers and friends for children. These toys demonstrated to the world one aspect of the endless possibilities of what the A.I. chip was capable of doing. As they began putting the new chip into everything, smart houses took on a whole new meaning.
With the invention of the A.I. chip the race to build service robots was on. The first true androids rolled off the assembly line in 2045. Before that what passed for androids were nothing more than very sophisticated robots that often required
Enter Cybertron Robotics as the first company devoted solely to the manufacture of service androids. Given the state of robotics at the time no one thought that the company would amount to much. However, Thomas Roth, CEO of Cybertron Robotics, was able to assemble some of the finest young minds on the planet including some of the people who helped design the original A.I. chip. Following several major breakthroughs the first true androids approximating humans in appearance was created by Cybertron Robotics in 2051.
One of the androids created was the very popular line of service androids known as the April model which, at the time, had the same basic structure as their line of personal companion androids, only they were built out of much tougher material. The April model would be upgraded in 2074 when a new line of service androids were introduced to the world. This was the Daisy May series and while not overly popular in heavy industry they were quickly snapped up for other more mundane services. The Sally Ann series would replace the Daisy Mays 28 years later. Their Kevlar plates and nano-skin is thicker making them much tougher and somewhat bulletproof. They are also a little taller and almost twice as strong. The military complex and security industry fell in love with them. The April model was intended to be replaced with the June model. While the Sally Ann model is just as strong as the old April models it is almost as tough and even more versatile.
In 2074 a programming bug and a flaw in the first Law of Robotics was discovered when a Candy Personal Companion Model accidentally killed her owner. The first law states: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot has to recognize that what it is doing will cause harm to a human in order to obey any programming designed to prevent the robot from harming a human. After the incident in 2074 all androids would come with the warning that states: Physically abusing an android/robot/A.I. will void the warranty and might cause the android/robot/A.I. to malfunction and consequential damages that may be caused by the android/robot/A.I. will not be covered under the manufacture's warranty.
There are all kinds of androids for all kinds of uses. Military robots come in all kinds of shapes and sizes some of which can come under the heading of android being somewhat humanoid in appearance. Service androids and robots made for various industries is by far the most numerous of the automatons in use today.