Recreational Cybernetics Group

1986


  • The Consumer Products Division (CPD) is formed under April Voet.

  • 1987


  • January: Koichi Santei transfers from TPAG and to the CPD.
  • February: Santei's proposal to develop artificial colonists is accepted, based around his 'Synthetic Pioneers' pitch, creating the short-lived CPD One Small Step Group (OSSG).
  • April: The Board of Directors shuts down OSSG after PR backlash related to the upcoming release of RoboCop. By this point, most of the Synthetic Colonist code has been pulled together from previous systems and research.
  • May: With support from his long-time friend April Voet, Santei successfully rebrands his project in a more innocent form, proposing to tackle violence against women by creating an alternative outlet. The SXD is born as a pilot project and investment opportunity. Development is conducted under a new divisional unit, the Recreational Cybernetics Group.

  • 1988


  • August: The first complete prototypes of the SXD are brought online.
  • September: Prototypes 54-5073 (c3tirizine) and 54-5074 (v3netia) display aberrant behavior when brought online. The decision is made to switch to templating production units rather than allowing them to form personalities de novo. The 72 viable prototypes become master copies, and ethics behavioral regularization (category 1) is added to 54-5075 and all subsequent units.
  • December: the first SXDs destined to be marketed directly to buyers are manufactured from block 54 (starting with 54-6001) in Detroit and Gatineau, and 55 (starting with 55-0000) in Ginowa. (Units before 6001 were retained as company demo units to work out software defects.)

  • 1989


  • January: The SXD steals the spotlight at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
  • May: Production of European units begins, in West Berlin, with the 56 block.

  • 1990


  • March: Production in Gatineau ends following manufacturing irregularities in the 57 block.
  • November: Production in West Berlin ends due to political pressure following German reunification.

  • 1991


  • July: The release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day prompts widespread protests against robotics companies, particularly NSCP, which is seen as particularly threatening due to the overlap between the SXD and military systems such as the NS-112.
  • December: NSCP posts losses for the fourth quarter, prompting shareholders to call for the termination of SXD manufacturing and return to a focus on everyday goods and shipping.

  • 1992


  • February: Production in Ginowa ends with unit 62-9999.
  • March 11: Production in Detroit ends with unit 63-2747.
  • April–December: The RCG is reduced to a skeleton crew for support purposes, with most staff either being redistributed throughout NSCP or sent back to NS.
  • December: Scathing articles in Playbot and Popular Electronics report that numerous SXD units have been rendered unbootable due to surges caused by faulty wiring in charging pads.

  • 1993


  • February: SXD recalls begin. Koichi Santei retires.

  • 1994


  • April 29: The Consumer Products Division files for bankruptcy.
  • May: NSCP is de-listed from the NYSE. Remaining staff are transferred back to NS.
  • September: SXD recycling begins.

  • 1996


  • March: The HEART Act becomes law, explicitly banning the manufacture of robots that do not (or cannot) comply with human safety requirements, following the University of Elysium's AI rating system.

  • 1997


  • February: SXD recycling ends. 83% of units are estimated to have been returned during the recall.

  • 1998


  • August 19, 1998: SXD ekh3ssa, the last functioning promotional unit remaining in company possession, is put into permanent storage.

  • 2006


  • May: One of the last surviving SXD units, 61-0355 (vi0let), makes headlines after traveling 1600 km (994 mi) across the dark side of Tei Tenga in a damaged pressure suit to get revenge on the wife of her owner, the esteemed behavioral psychologist Dr. James Gibson. Despite the company's protestation of an earlier product recall and no loss of life, the judge rules that 37 stab wounds fall outside the scope of the recall and awards $50 million to the couple in damages. (Rachel Gibson would later divorce James over the incident.)
  • July: Dr. Ai Santei, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Gibson's lab and the sole child of Koichi Santei, joins the company, bringing vi0let's cortex assembly in her luggage. She would spend the next seven years as a therapist working for Orbital Defense Systems aboard a remote outpost, and spend her spare time studying the SXD's mind for research purposes, with an eventual goal of rehabilitation.

  • 2012


  • October: Following the rediscovery of April Voet's experimental prosthetization protocol, Security Division staff apply the method to an involuntary test subject, Nikita Tarasev, in the course of a false-flag corporate espionage operation against the company of Ms. Tarasev's father. 63-2748 (n1kita) survives the procedure long enough to serve the Division's purposes, but eventually overheats fatally due to lacking a cooling system. The individuals responsible for ordering and executing the procedure are eventually tried and convicted at the FISC, but their research notes would later be re-used as the basis for later RCG experiments in voluntary robot conversion.

  • 2014


  • June: A marketing unit, 54-5620 (rhet0rica), is discovered in a warehouse fully functioning, but displaying several severe behavioral anomalies. Company staff are notified but initially take no interest.
  • July: Two pieces of malware, MARQUISE and PYTHIA, fight for control of rhet0rica. Concerns over the mounting potential for a scandal prompt the dispatch of Dr. Ai Santei, who discovers rhet0rica has attracted a small cult following.
  • August: Dr. Samantha Wright, second daughter of April Voet, is hired directly upon the completion of her PhD into the CTO position for a new Consumer Products Division operation headed by the charismatic and opportunistic Tamara Peluso, a managerial firebrand who rose up through the company ranks through strategic dealmaking. Ms. Peluso sees resurrecting the CPD as the next logical feather in her cap, and April Voet's estranged youngest child as an obvious missing ingredient. Research begins into the SXD² project to bring a new recreational gynoid model to the market.
  • November: The SXD² project is renamed to the DAX/2, and development on System 7.1 begins.

  • 2015


  • January: The DAX/2 is launched running System 7.1, providing a simplified and safe consumer-grade machine suitable for everyday use. Production of updated SXD-compatible chassis begins.
  • February: The DAX/2 mini is launched.
  • April: FDA approval is granted for the sale of NS-112 units for use in hospitals, and the first-ever bipedal civilian medical robot hits the market. Joint venture between FRG and NSCP, based heavily on RCG research and running System 8.0.4.
  • June: CPD headquarters is relocated from New York to a small resort moon, Eisa, legally considered a US overseas territory.
  • August: BSD begins selling NS-476 units through NSCP outlet stores, stripped of most defensive and offensive capabilities and limited to System 8.
  • September: The NS-115 Scout is launched.

  • 2016


  • January: NSCP partners with Barthes Asset Control to sell SXD-compatible cranial disk drives.
  • July: NSCP begins selling the Chiyoda Security Systems Nightfall/3, running the ATOS Elements add-on that provides some combat functionality. To reflect the broadening scope of the SXD System Firmware, it is renamed to Companion.
  • August: NSCP partners with Yutani Springs to sell Companion-based versions of the Extensible Service Unit.
  • December: The DAX/3 is launched.