Steel and electrons and wires and robotic brains were inflexible.
In the first place, it was strictly illegal to deal in the components of robotic brains.
All that machinery and robotic equipment and so on that was going to Tanith—was that aboard when he took the ship?
There was a lot of cybernetic and robotic equipment, and astrogational equipment, that had to be made from scratch.
It sounded a little infantile, but he was pretty sure none of those present had any sound knowledge of robotic intelligence.
Centuries before smart weapons and robotic systems, this reasoning was understood intuitively.
Robotic systems are an important area of consideration within Rapid Dominance.
Third, robotic systems can provide force presence even in areas considered too dangerous for a large manned element.
Before the Robotic Restriction Laws automatic gun-pointers were in general use.