Terminology

Unit: Most often, this refers to a whole robot.

Main controller: The housing containing a robot's power supply and control interface, usually back-mounted. As other manufacturers have their own term for such a device, the correct application of this term to Nanite Systems hardware is often a reliable shibboleth for detecting former customers of other companies.

Module: A program or library that is part of the software installed on a robot's main controller. 'System modules' are those part of the operating system, and 'user modules' are part of application software the user has installed.

Cortex: The robot's actual processing center, often housed in a cranial (head) compartment. Not found in all designs.

Digital Courtesan Program (DCP): A rental and sales program operated by Nanite Systems committed to pairing units with compatible owners. (If you are interested in this service, ask about it in the Nanite Systems User Group.)

Recreational: A euphemism for having a lot of sex without the intention of procreating. Do not show up to your DCP appointment wearing gym clothing. Unless you're into that.

Gynoids and androids: The term "gynoid" is derived from the Greek word γυνή, meaning "woman." Although it is commonly used for human-like machines of any gender, "android" is the masculine equivalent, from ἀνδρός. Since the proper neuter term, "anthropoid," suggests to most readers a machine designed to resemble an anthropomorphic animal, we encourage "synthetic" or "robot" as gender-neutral alternatives.

Cyborg: A human with embedded electronics, especially brain implants and limb replacements. The most extreme form of cyborg is informally known as a 'jarhead,' i.e., a predominantly organic brain in an artificial body. Although there is no clean way to draw the line between robots and cyborgs, they are often treated differently in legal contexts and so it is important not to conflate the two.