Computers are everywhere in the Solaris Republic. They are so pervasive and automated as to be forgotten by most Republic citizens. Computerized tasks across the galaxies include:
- Regulation of living systems in dwellings.
- Activation of cooling systems in weapons and vehicle engines.
- Automated driving of commercial jets, hovercars and other passenger vehicles
More complicated tasks are often overseen by A.I.s.
Computer interfaces include voice interaction with A.I.s, holographic and tactile touch screens, virtual reality overlays and sometimes even the time-tested keyboard and mouse. Virtually all computers have Mesh access, if appropriate.
There is a distinction between “computer” and “artificial intelligence.” A computer is a strictly non-sentient machine that carries out programmed tasks, while an artificial intelligence is able to perceive its environment and act to maximize its chance of success.