This is a question that has really been bugging me about the EP canon. The use of indentured labour by hypercorps is an important aspect of the EP universe. I can understand why certain egos with highly specialized skills would be useful as indentured labour but the core rule book also talks about indentured labourers performing menial labour such as mining helium-3. Why would hypercorps want to use indentured labour, which ultimately costs more (having to pay the labouring ego with a morph) when they could use AIs, who would likely do better work and never need compensation? I can imagine that it would be more profitable for hypercorps to have more sleeved egos as sleeved egos would consume more but it seems to me that it would be arguably more profitable to hand out free sleeves to infugees and use AI for labour, which, for many jobs, would likely be more efficient than a human ego.
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