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Forms > Artificial Life
Artificial Life takes on many different forms - androids,
robots, self-aware computer programs, collective machine
consciousnesses and sentient starships.
As implied by the name, artificial life is typically created
through sophisticated computer programming. Additionally,
some higher forms of artificial intelligence are able to
reproduce themselves, either through self-replication or
by combining their own programming information with data
from one or more other artificially intelligent entities.
Artificial life has no specific home world; the various
forms are dispersed throughout known space.
Artificial life constitutes a sizeable minority of the population
in the Known Worlds. Some artificial lifeforms are barely
self-aware, no more intelligent than a domestic animal,
while others seem nearly godlike in their knowledge and
abilities. Under Commonwealth law, all machines and programs
that pass a standardized set of intelligence tests are afforded
full rights and citizenship.