Ad blocker interference detected!
Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers
Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.
|"Seems [Mother] has intercepted a transmission of unknown origin."
Synthetic sleeper agents are androids programmed to conceal their true identity and/or purpose from those around them. While some sleeper agents will merely operate as synthetics programmed with ulterior motives concealed from their associates (and possibly the android itself), the advancement of android technology has allowed some synthetics to effectively pose as human, concealing their very nature from the people they operate beside. However, as many vessels, settlements and colonies are typically equipped with at least one synthetic, it is often not necessary to hide a sleeper agent's artificial nature.
The Weyland-Yutani Corporation was known for employing android sleeper agents, surreptitiously programmed to further the company's goals, often at the expense of human employees, who would be oblivious to the synthetic's real aims.
While a synthetic's basic programming would normally not allow it to harm or endanger a human — in line with the Three Laws of Robotics — it is entirely possible (albeit highly illegal) to install specific software in a unit that would override normal behaviour, potentially leading the affected synthetic to work against any superiors and/or peers who may pose an obstacle to its objectives. An unstable synthetic might go so far as to forgo human life in cases where it sees humans as obstacles in the way of its grander mission set by the corporation.
Owing to their insidious nature, synthetic sleeper agents are not typically based on commercial models. It is likely that such agents, particularly those required to actively pose as human, are bespoke constructs manufactured especially for their mission, as seeing a duplicate model would immediately undo any deception.