Beta-level simulations were sophisticated computer programs designed to mimic a person in appearance, mannerisms, and thought-patterns. While capable of successfully impersonating a human mind down to their most minute idiosyncrasies, they were not in fact self-aware -- they were just near-perfect imitations of life. As such, they enjoyed no legal rights or protections.
RS Glossary entry Edit
Beta-level: A simulation of an actual individual created by mimetic software. Turing compliant, but enjoys little or no legal protection under most authorities.
- description from the official RS glossary