For what it's worth, I just read all 12 pages of this thread, and on the topic of "could a computer/bot recognize and only attack a dev/robo base?", that's actually very simple.
All dev/robo bases have the same amount of credit/alloy/contra available. A very simple text reading of the upper right corner of the opponent's resources available for you to grab would tell you "yes, this is a dev base" or "no, this is a non-dev base, skip it".
Not hard to program. You don't need to do any AI on the base, its layout, etc, it's all driven by the l00t.
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