Robot tailors and robot consciousness
The colonists never found the root cause of why the neural nets didn't work.
They didn't have the tools or expertise to fix such a subtle problem. Their equipment was more basic.
One of the engineers referred to it as “trying to repair a butterfly's wing while blindfolded and using a hammer.”
The Sojourner Rover from Earth, currently on Mars © NASA
Hell, if I had an extra asteroid, I'd pawn it to buy this outfit (Robot Spike)