|Requires||N-Space Compression, Digital Sentience|
|Leads to||Matter Editation, Singularity Mechanics|
|Facility||Nessus Mining Station, Orbital Defense Pod|
|Secret Project||The Self-Aware Colony, The Nethack Terminus|
|Improves Probe Team morale|
Following the advent of Digital Sentience, computers have only one great leap left: the evolution to Self-Aware Machines. Advances in N-Space Compression provide the storage capacity needed for this technology. These machines are capable of complex, higher-order thinking, and value the experience of existence as much as any biological being. As with other living organisms, self-preservation is paramount for these specimens.