Field: Consumer electronics, Android manufacturing, and Android related services.
Logo: M rotated 90º with strong futuristic typeface, resembling Nazi emblems.
Foundation year: 2018
Founded by: Raymond Wein
CEO (2050): Michael Wein with Raymond Wein as Chairman/President
MacroBit is the largest hardware company in the world by 2050. Founded by Dr. Raymond Wein, MacroBit is the most powerful entity, with the power to lobby and deal in secret with governments, shaping their national policies. MacroBit started by its iconic iHead, a mass-product mixed reality headset. MacroBit sold its iHead to Apple for billions of dollars in 2030. After that, MacroBit focused on its initial purpose: Robots. Currently, MacroBit is best known for its Android S models, a line of human-looking androids capable of performing many different tasks.
The timeline of the S models can be summarised as follows:
The S1 (2020) model performed tasks on workbenches. It could switch from workbench and specific, but limited pre-programmed manual tasks.
The S2 model (2021) improved some of the initial problems encountered in S1. It remained entirely restricted to monotonous tasks in industrial environments.
The S3 model (2023) offered much greater physical versatility. It was still limited to purely physical and industrial tasks. It improved the artificial intelligence in charge of the vision input module and task understanding.
There was a wild expectation for the upcoming S4 model of Macrobit. However, six months before the release, more than 1000 influential figures in the field of science and technology published a joint statement against the development of general artificial intelligence, after observing the promising advances in artificial intelligence from 2020.
The Düsseldorf Protocol (2029), or international treaty of artificial intelligence, approved in 2029 by all the countries of the world, reflects that the development of a general free artificial intelligence is prohibited for commercial and military uses, and only allowed for investigation under certain conditions, remote operation or system island mode.
Most analysts thought that this legally-binding protocol would have devastating consequences for the launch of the model S4. However, S4 was still far away from being a general artificial intelligence, but it showed a fantastic leap on specific intellectual tasks.
The S4 model (2029) had limited consciousness but could perform physical tasks and specific intellectual tasks. Also, it could be controlled from another place by a human, giving rise to the business boom of the surrogates androids during the decade of the 30.
It was an insane success worldwide. Economies exploded with new work around these androids, similarly to the first days of the car industry.
The S5 (2041), in addition to remarkably improving its appearance until it can not differentiate practically from the humans. The S5 could reprogram itself to improve its functions and learn tasks autonomously and replaced many monotonous jobs facing the public.
The world died by its success. A great crisis affected many countries, unable to adapt to the workforce, and forcing many citizens to rely on the widespread Universal Basic Income (Read Chapter).
With the S6 (2049) the MacroBit robot neural networks were created, with all robots storing their experiences centrally. MacroBit began coding, labelling, and decentralizing learning, so a robot could access individual experiences of other robots, not collective, aggregated experiences as before. The S6 models were able to show levels of empathy and understanding of the human condition superior to those of many humans. However, they do not have freedom itself, avoiding to violate the Düsseldorf protocol (see above), even this point was a growing topic in the public debate.
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