Halean A.I. Centers provide a much simpler alternative to robots production by eliminating the need for steel, nanotubes, and coolants, and replacing them with technetium. It is far easier to produce technetium, especially since at this point the player will have access to two planets with bonuses to technetium production, than it is to produce nanotubes and coolants. Nanotubes are also valuable in constructing certain high level ships, and Robots Factories may cut into that already-limited supply. Halean A.I. Centers will likely be the player's only source of robots in the first run.
Another advantage to Halean A.I. Centers is the fact that they can be built on any planet type available, should the need for more robots beyond Zelera and New Babilo arise. While the circuit consumption may be the bottleneck for robots production initially, later on when the circuit shortage is sorted, the player is free to build Halean A.I. Centers on Lone Nassaus, a lava planet with unmatched solar energy. They may also be freely built on gas giants with antimatter colliders, due to the excess energy available. Neither planet types support the construction of Robots Factories.
There are two major disadvantages to Halean A.I. Centers. They are prohibitively expensive on circuits, and have a high cost multiplier associated with them. It will be particularly difficult to construct more than 10 as a result. The technology that boosts Halean A.I. Centers also suffer a high technology point cost and cost multiplier. As a result, with enough TP invested into Artificial Intelligence, Robots Factories can far outperform Halean A.I. Centers in terms of robots production, and it will be easier to produce the necessary coolants and nanotubes if enough TP is invested into Cryogenics, Material Science, and Hydrology. Despite these shortcomings, they are excellent for producing robots on the first run and are a good complementary addition to Robots Factories on subsequent run, as long as construction and energy costs are carefully monitored.
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