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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

An android was a humanoid robot. Examples included Kamelion (in his natural form) (DW: The King's Demons) and the K1 robot (DW: Robot). By the 51st century androids where indistinguishable from humans were common, and River Song claimed to have dated several. (DW: Silence in the Library)

Although the term android was often used for robots of both genders, a female android is sometimes called a gynoid. (NA: Christmas on a Rational Planet)

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Memory-beta

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An android is an advanced robot designed and built to imitate humanoids.

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History

Prime universe

Over half a million years ago, the sun within the Exo system began to cool which left the planet Exo III a veritable frozen wasteland. At the time, the world was inhabited by a race known only as the Old Ones who began to age in time. They used their advanced knowledge to create androids as their feeble bodies meant that they had to seek other methods in order to survive. This led to the development of machines that were not only a simple artificial intelligence but possessed artificial consciousness as they believed that the only way to survive was to create true artificial life.

Ultimately, they succeeded to a certain extent but their creations were less than perfect. Whilst they were indeed self aware androids, their consciousnesses were stagnant and could not process new experiences for personal growth. The Old Ones creations begged their creators to fix them but the only way to do so was to wipe the slate clean and start from the beginning. At first, the Old Ones sought to destroy their creations but they grew more demanding as well as dangerous. Realizing the danger they were in, the Old Ones acted quickly and secretly but in order to buy themselves time they promised to fix their androids even though it was not possible. They were instead working to transfer their consciousnesses into unformatted android bodies but their plans were discovered by the androids who were responsible for killing all the Old Ones.

Whilst their creators were dead, the androids developed a degree of paranoia to all organic life who they believed were a threat to their existence. As the Old Ones never developed space flight technology, the androids were restricted to their world and hoped that another intelligent organic species would discover them. When such an event occured, the androids planned to take over the "invaders" space craft and use it to escape in order to find a solution to their inherent problem that the Old Ones denied them. Til that time, the androids decided to enter into stasis and left one of their own behind to serve as caretaker as well as watchmen while they were slumbering. (TNG novel: Immortal Coil)

Earth's military was rumored to be experimenting with android development in the early 21st century. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky) During the Third World War, android impostors were used for assassinations, and further research was banned following this conflict. (TNG novel: The Buried Age)

In 2266, Doctor Roger Korby attempted to replace key personal throughout the United Federation of Planets covertly in order to force his ideals of a perfect medical cure which was immortality. However, his plans were discovered by Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise who stopped him from completing his goal. This saw the destruction of Ruk who had forgotten about the slumbering Exo III androids that were in stasis deep within the planet. (TOS episode: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", TNG novel: Immortal Coil)

Sometime after this chain of events in 2304, Noonien Soong along with Emil Vaslovik and Ira Graves journeyed to Exo III where they released the androids from stasis. These machines eventually discovered Korby's crashed starship and spent decades where they used its technology as a template to create their own vessels. Going into space, they began a campaign of secretly gathering intelligence on the Federation and Starfleet for years. This led to their discovery of Starfleet's holotronic android project. This they believed was the cure they needed to fix themselves of their design faults and thus they sought to capture Rhea McAdams who was the first prototype of this type of androids. (TNG novel: Immortal Coil)

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Alternate universes

In one alternate universe, there was wide scale development of androids after the success of Doctor Noonien Soong's Soong-type androids.

The Romulan-Klingon Alliance also developed androids that were cruder models compared to the Soong-type androids of the Federation. These were governed by a rigid and strict programming in order for them to serve as Romulan shock troopers in combat engagements. (TNG novel: Brave New World)

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DC Comics

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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Fallout

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From The Vault

Androids are artificial beings designed to look and behave like humans, unlike robots, which, even if humanoid, are easily distinguishable from humans; while the term "android" actually refers to a robot designed to resemble a human (andro) male, and the term "gynoid" is the correct term to use for a robot designed to look like a human (gyno) female, "android" has been accepted over time as a 'catch-all' description for a human-looking robot of either gender. Androids are created in the Commonwealth, which apparently has enough technology and resources to make large numbers of synthetic humans (according to Dr. Zimmer in the game).

Some of the self-aware androids in the Fallout 3 Game Setting occasionally attempt to escape their masters and have to be hunted down by specially trained trackers -an apparent homage to the sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

Appearances

Two confirmed androids appear in Fallout 3. Others have been debated, though it is merely speculation. They are:

They both have a small light source in their eyes. It's not dependent on external lights and can be seen from a greater distance than the usual reflection of light from eyes in the game. Also, during dialogue it is stated that these characters are androids.

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Marvel Database

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Adamantium

An artificially created alloy of iron that is the most impervious substance known on Earth, with the exception of the unknown Steel-Vibranium alloy of which Captain America's Shield is composed.
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Adrenaline

(aka Epinephrine) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It is secreted by the adrenal medulla. When released into the bloodstream it increases heart rate and stroke volume, dilates the pupils, and constricts arterioles in the skin and gut while dilating arterioles in leg muscles. Often listed as being the source of abnormal feats of strength or agility, or the trigger of super-human powers.

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Alien

(1.) A being who originates elsewhere than Earth. (2.) Of or having to do with a place other than Earth.


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Alter ego

An alter ego (from Latin, "other I") is another self, a second personality or persona within a person. The term is commonly used in comic books, for the secret identity of a superheros and supervillains.

An alter ego is usually used by superheroes to conceal their identities in order to protect their friends and family from harm at the hands of their enemies, whereas supervillians usually have an alter ego to make sure they don't get arrested.

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Alternate Earth

A world resembling Earth in physical characteristics, natural phenomena, life forms, and, to some extent, history, which exists in the equivalent space to Earth's in another dimension. An alternate Earth may either be a divergent Earth or a parallel Earth.

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Alternate Future

One of the possible future realities deriving from the present reality through a specific sequence of events. One cannot tell which alternate future will become one's present reality until the point of divergence has been passed. At that point, one's reality diverges into more than one, and versions of one's self will exist in each resulting alternate future. Hence, one's divergent self will experience one of the alternate futures as his present reality, while another of his divergent selves will experience a different alternate future as his.

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Alternate World

A world in another dimension which exists in the equivalent space to a world in this dimension. Some alternate worlds which are not alternate Earths may exist in the equivalent space to Earth's in other dimensions.

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American

A person who was born in America.

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Amphibious

Capable of breathing and existing in air or in water.

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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Animal

Animals are a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan becomes fixed as they develop, usually early on in their development as embryos, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile - they can move spontaneously and independently. Animals are heterotrophs - they are dependent on other organisms (e.g. plants) for sustenance.
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Anti-hero

An anti-hero has widely come to mean a character who has some characteristics that are antithetical to those of the traditional hero. An anti-hero in today's comic books will perform acts generally deemed "heroic," but will do so with methods, manners, or intentions that may not be heroic.
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Anti-Graviton

A theoretical particle carrying a force that repels gravity.

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Anti-Matter

Matter composed of particles that are the counterparts of the particles composing positive matter (the matter of which this universe is composed), but have opposite charges; e.g., anti-protons instead of protons, and positrons instead of electrons. Should positive matter come in contact with an equal amount of antimatter, both will be annihilated and converted to energy.

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Anti-Matter Universe

A universe composed of anti-matter rather than matter (as in our universe) existing in another dimension. The only one known to date is the Negative Zone.

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Anti-Mutant

Any type of being who holds prejudice towards mutants.

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Artistic License

Simply put, artistic license means an artist is accorded leeway in his or her interpretation of something, and is not held strictly accountable for accuracy.

For example, the director of your local theater group might decide it's high time Shakespeare's Hamlet was staged with the entire cast walking on stilts. Obviously, this was not how they did things back at the old Globe, but the director has been seized with an artistic vision and must be indulged.

A poet is granted artistic license to rhyme something with the word "orange", even though "orange" has no rhyming word in English.

Music sampling is a relatively new discipline, in which bits and pieces of other works are taken and compiled into a new piece. The sampler has taken (sometimes wild) artistic license with other musicians' works. In many cases, the sampling community will rate new pieces, and one of the judging criteria is entitled "Artistic License".

Writers of fiction are allowed to take all sorts of liberties with facts, in the interest of crafting a good story. It should go without saying that "fiction" is the operative word here.

This means it either should be noted or not used at all since the 90% of the time the character does not exhibit that ability very often. For example the Hulk during the Secret Wars broke his leg, Spider-Man once defeated Firelord, the Black Panther put the Silver Surfer in a hammer lock. All of this was done with artistic license from the writer and are not considered typical of the characters.

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Astral Body

The sheath or form that contains a living being's life essence, consciousness, spirit or soul. The astral body is a manifestation of the life essence composed of ectoplasm, an invisible, intangible substance whose source and properties remain unknown. While all living beings have astral bodies, certain adepts using psychic, psionic, or magical means, can separate their astral bodies from their physical bodies without harm. The astral body is also sometimes called astral form, astral self, and spirit form.

The astral form is the non-corporeal manifestation of beings that have the ability of astral projection. The majority of people capable of creating an astral form are psychics, and they usually appear on the Astral Plane. The astral form enables beings to exist within the mind, without a body and transcend through space and time as pure mental energy.

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Astral Projection

Astral projection (or astral travel) is a paranormal interpretation of an out-of-body experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate from the physical body and capable of traveling to non-physical planes of existence. Commonly such planes are called astral, etheric, or spiritual. Astral projection is often experienced as the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the spirit world or astral plane. Often a form of telepathy or magic.

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For a list of characters who use astral projection, see Category:Astral Projection

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Atmokinesis

Atmokinesis is the ability to control or mentally affect the weather.

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For a list of characters who can control the weather, see Category:Atmokinesis.

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ST Expanded

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Data, a Soong-tyle android.

An android is an artificially-intelligent robot that looks and acts like a humanoid. An android is usually male in appearance, while a female android is usually called a gynoid.

Androids that are not specifically designed to be indistinguishable from the humanoids they are based on are sometimes referred to as mechanoids. (Voyages of the SS Hanford)

Androids started merging into Federation society around the late 22nd century: a move to make interactions between humanoids and robots more seamless. As they are artificial constructs, androids tend to be used for tasks normal humanoids would not be able to undertake, or have no desire to undertake. Unfortunately, this leads some humanoids to believe androids are disposable or expendable, and ethicists remain divided over the rights of androids as of the 24th century.

Data, a Soong-type android, was widely considered the most successful android to date, growing beyond his original programming. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "Measure of a Man", et al)

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External links


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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From Wookieepedia, the Star Wars wiki.

"Most people have forgotten that 'droid' is short for 'android,' meaning manlike.'"
Lando Calrissian

Androids were droids built to resemble humanoids.

Actually, the word droid is an abbreviation of the word android, but androids were categorized differently from droids.[1] For instance, C-3PO, R2-D2 and Mon Julpa, who was disguised as an android, were referred to as "two droids and one android".

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See also

Notes and references

  1. Star Wars: Droids: The Lost Prince

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Traveller

Up to date as of February 05, 2010

From Traveller Wiki - Science-Fiction Adventure in the Far future

Artificially created organic being. Technically "a synthetic man, created from biological materials." Androids can take any form.

These artificially created organic beings are created from a combination of cloning and genetic engineering. Their general inability to reproduce results from laws of most high-tech worlds rather than from technology. At TL-14, DNA chains can be synthetically tailored to create desired characteristics. Susceptibility to premature aging and sickness at that tech level limits their lifespan to 10-15 years.

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