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Since the introduction, and subsequent integration of robots into society, there was a very basic question with many different answers: how do we power them?
From the beginning they were powered the same as their non-sentient machine ancestors: electricity. This proved to be difficult as they required huge amounts of energy, costing owners and the government large amounts of non-profitable money. Even solar powered robots needed to be charged at night as there was no way to harness enough energy from the sun to power all their working parts.
That was until a brilliant, unnamed scientist working for IntelliCore invented Soul Fluid; billions of nanobots working as a collective to power every inch of the robot.
Robots powering robots.
The nanobots required a fraction of a percent of energy as a single joint in a robot. They were given commands by the main computer, located in the center of the body, called the “Core”. Being centralized, the Core could send and receive nanobots almost instantly. When millions of the nanobots, moving through artificial veins called tubes, apply their small pressure to the various joints, it moves! This worked amazingly and within months all electricity and solar powered robots were decommissioned. Soul Fluid became standard on robots of every design.
Like all things, the nanobots eventually did die. They were too small to maintain a charge and could cause blocks, similar to blood clots, if duds began pilling up in the tubes. Because of this robots required monthly injection treatments where the dead nanobots can be removed and new ones can be inserted. This proved very lucrative, but also inconvenient.
Behold, the Replicator Core!
Located in the head, this newly designed core was able to bring dead nanobots back to life by having them summoned to it using live ones, then shocking them with electricity built up from the robot’s kinetic energy. As newer models came out with the Replicator Core, the treatment centers became fewer and fewer until not even one existed. Any robots with a standard core that were not decommissioned were left to slowly seize up and “die”.