Posted Feb 07 2012 - 04:01 PM
On the Psychology of Robots The computers that our characters have for brains still work like them. That is, at its core, they still follow a simple trainof thought(ie. yes/no/if, on/off). However, while they still recieve commands and have a specific function, like a normal machine, they also have a personality and choice. These can lead to mistakes. When humans make mistakes, we call it sin. When a sentient computer makes mistakes, it considers it simply bad. Like humans, our "living" robots can continue making bad choices and mistakes, and, with their own mind and free will, they may even begin to like the break from their regimen of do-gooderness. Now, normally, a computer will only make a mistake when the user does or when there is a broken or missing link in its code. But since the HFU(Hero Factory Universe)'s computers have no users, and free will, they can actively make mistakes. Now, going "bad" is the computer equivalent of insanity, and when people go crazy, they can perform things that others would call "evil". A "good" robot will perform the "good" function directed by its thought processes, which feed its mode of thought. When a robot goes "bad", it will get "bad" thought processes, which will give it a "bad" function, and will perform that function to feed its mode of thought, much like a drug. Take for example, our "villain"(we'll call him "Bad Dude"). He worked as a construction and deconstruction robot. Now, Bad Dude's favorite part of the job was demolition. His "good" thought processes would rationalize this as being glad that the old, decrepit building was gone so a new building could be built in its place. But nope, Dude had been watching those explosions a little too long, and a little too intently. He decided that demolition was all he wanted to do, but the company that he worked at wouldn't allow him to do that. So, he stole some explosives, went to the nearest building, and KABOOM! His thought was altered by the awe and beuty of the explosion, and his life of crime began.