I've read over some of the stuff about "the Factors" and I see a couple issues here.
1 is that I can understand them being leery of humans making AIs that can evolve on their own and basically become more advanced purely on their own without external control or limit. Yes, I can see the Factors more or less saying "Please don't do that, it ends up creating monsters that cause problems for other intelligent races. Believe us, we've seen it before."
Now the second issue is a little cloudier. They're asking humans not to use the stargate, excuse me, I mean the pandora gates, to move outside the solar system.
This issue does worry me a little, or it would worry me if I actually live in the EP world. It could almost be interpreted as saying "Please don't use the only means you have of leaving the solar system and settling other planets, we'd really rather have you all in one nice, contained area. Why? Oh, uh, you're safer that way. Yes, that's it, we would like you to all stay in one solar system for your own safety, we worry about what could happen to you if you were spread out in more solar systems."
Now who knows? The factors may be telling the truth. Maybe going thru the gates would be heap bad juju for humanity, maybe it would result in them bumping into something they weren't ready for, maybe it would result in them encountering something that decided they were a big enough bother to get dalek on.
Maybe they have less altruistic reasons for wanting trans/humanity all in one solar system. Maybe it's like "They bought it? They're not going thru the gates and settling other planets? Good! Now hurry up and get that nova trigger finished before they get wise!"
Does that sound paranoid? Well duh! Of course I'm paranoid, you dolt! ;) I'm a gamer for god's sake! I couldn't keep a character alive long enough to collect my first XP if I weren't paranoid!
So those are just my first impression re the factors. Not wanting humanity to build evolving Ais seems reasonable and even good advice perhaps offered out of enlightened self interest.
Not going thru the pandora gates could be likewise, or possibly not so altruistic.
I se possibilities here for player suspicion already and I've only spent a coupe hours scanning the massive pdf. EP has possibilities...
"I learned the hard way that if you take a stand on any issue, no matter how insignificant, people will line up around the block to kick your ass over it." -Jesse "the mind" Ventura.