I played a game as a Rogue Servitor, so as robot with bio-trophies (organics). I am still not sure about these changes, at least for robots. Robots dont need for but use energy, lots of it for their pops, plus servitors still need food for the organics. I always had energy problems (until i fully built a dyson sphere). So i built a lots of energy districts which caused my admin cap to exceed which give a % penalty to most things, :-(
It was a learning game that i kept playing. One thing i didnt like and had to learn: the screen said i could upgrade some buildings so i did, but then it said i was missing a critical resource since the upkeep was that special resource which resulted in an empire wide negative. I feel it should warn you about that before you do it, i had to look at every popup text to see if their was a special resource, then look at another popup to see how many i had of that resource so i can decide to upgrade. I understand some people like more layers and keeping track of things in games, it is not one of my favorites though. It did make me think of MOO3 were you produce something which is then converting into manufacturing which then allows you to do something else with it.
I stopped playing the game in 2460 after i built the sensor array and looked at the fleets of everyone. Outside the Elder races, i had the highest military with ~20k, then next highest was 6k (the fanatical purifiers), then the others all around 4k or 5k. Maybe it was an outlier of a game but i am not sure the AI can play it right now (i only found a few alloy resources and had to use the market often for it).
I started a new game as organic democracy and things seem to be a little different. So i am still learning.
Oh another thing, the bio-trophies keep growing (they have bio-trophy jobs?!) so i was getting a lot of unemployed for them. I could stop all pop growth on the planet but i wanted to keep the robots growing. i could also go into the species and forbid pop growth for that bio-trophy but i wanted them to grow on other planets. Still interested in learning /playing the game.