I think it would be nice if my techno loving leader had the option to bring his robot Sam along. It would at the very least lead to an interesting discussion about what life is. Not sure that he would choose them over his wife/secretary because even he isn’t that much of an ass (I don’t think?) But I can certainly conceive of mc’s who would, expecially if they have remained single. Maybe he’ll smuggle them in his luggage.
Roland Montaga was British and chose to ignore the Japanese, join the new UN, sold weapons, only traded with the Chinese at the summit, sold seats to the rich, legalized and used cybernetics and robotics, and of course married his personal assistant.
His ship had a single luxury habitat for 1000 people that would help crew the full 16 cryogenic units. The storage units prioritized medical supplies and DNA over the other options. He chose himself and his wife Binny for his two seats. I’m a little surprised Beatrice didn’t call him out on such obvious nepotism, but the rest have good chances to get seats for being at the top of their fields. Not much chance of that for a secretary.