CW: for existential dread on the nature of the self. Also Class-O xenodrugs
The Compact has the means and the method of copying a consciousness into a digital format to run on affini computers. Affini have digitized themselves, their florets, and also a great number of other non-affini sophonts. (the Terran Accord lacked the means to intentionally create true digital sophonts… intentionally, they had accidents and work arounds)
Entire stations, ships, and even planets are dedicated to housing the servers upon which these sophonts live. Many such sophonts over time modify themselves or are modified by their owners to expand their cognitive, and sensory capabilities, though at the start most restrict themselves to mimicking their physical senses in simulated environments.
Ways of interacting with the physical world include but is not limited to audio or video displays (immersive or non-immersive), holograms, and piloting artificial bodies in any form. Alternatively non-digital sophonts can use VR to interact with the digital world!
Florets that have been digitized still have code mimicking a Haustoric Implant only with their consciousness made up of code, their owners can exert even more extensive loving control over their adorable little pets. This includes digital code injection versions of xenodrugs!
Digitization is generally one of the last technologies developed when encountering a new sophont species, due to the necessary depth of understanding of their specific brain structure and functioning.
Because of their nature's all methods of digitization are generally considered a last resort for sophonts that are otherwise incapable of being happy in their biological bodies; sophonts that simply want to spend time in the digital world can do so with the affini's advanced VR technology (and most chronic health problems can be accounted for with affini medical technology or lifestyle changes, even for independent sophonts)
When a sophont is digitized they are separated into the ramet and the ortet. One being the biological original(the ortet) and the other being the digital copy (the ramet). Ortets are often put on class-O xenodrugs while the Ramet acts as the continuation of the sophont's consciousness.
Sometimes, (especially in the case of digitized affini) they don't always get put on class-O drugs/xenodrugs, thus the ortet and the ramet exist simultaneously.
Once digitized into code, a ramet needs to be able to interface with the digital and physical worlds, thus they use a Digital Interface Chip or DIC (pronounced dick) for short. The DIC translates digital brain signals to interface them with their network and the wider world. Once a ramet is trained to connect to the their DIC they can plug and play with most digital and physical equipment, such as digital avatars, physical proxy bodies, or direct code interfacing.
Basically the DIC is your brain stem/sensory organs, it can coordinate your digital or robotic legs while you walk and talk, feed you video, audio, olfactory, tactile, and all other sorts of sensory information. Once trained to use the DIC it can be second nature to switch from conscious, "One leg before the other" to autonomous walking action. Same with other senses and forms of interaction!
The DIC also acts as a floret's implant with few modifications, and inject digital xenodrugs into the floret's consciousness, or remotely control their thoughts, actions, and sensory input mediating their reality as much as their owner wishes.
So for some sophonts, the existential horror of forking your continuity of consciousness is very scary and they go with the alternative route of tearing out bits of one's own brain in a controlled and very probably safe manner. (no it isn't, use the conventional method)
Essentially, instead of creating a copy, the Haustoric Implant slowly overgrows the brain, replacing neurons with simulated biotech replacements that fit in seamlessly and preserve the continuity of consciousness.
The process is akin to the "Ship of Theseus" thought experiment. Slowly neuron by neuron the brain is destroyed and replaced with the implant's biotech components. This destroys the brain over many years until your left with a bundle of plant matter running the floret's consciousness inside of whatever body their owner has them living in.
Only florets can use this method(due to the needing a Haustoric Implant) and since it takes a long time(rushing it is a good way to run into problems), it isn't useful in emergency situations. Oh also, Haustoric Implants AREN'T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT it did not get designed into the conventional operation of a floret's implant and things can very very very very easily go wrong and only a very reckless owner would do such a thing. (squints at a certain Digitalis Lutea, Third Bloom)
Systematically destroying your own floret's brain is a recipe for disaster. Don't try this. Haustoric Implants were not designed to overgrow. The most common outcome of an overgrown implant is sunset syndrome, a common aliment in cotyledons. Severe cases often require the use of a class-O. (spoiler almost all of them are severe cases).