No, but because using their structures and skills, Humans can take control of regions without fighting for them, and then have Trog tokens which are not activated there "protecting" their control.
Since the Machine strengths is their structures, occupying the regions they are in makes them unusable.
You should read the Strategy Guides for each race (the Human one is pending), which mention both their strengths and weaknesses. They are posted here in the forum. There are also short videos by designer Grant which give some tactical insight on various aspects of the game.
thanks I'll look for those