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Process Of Illumination

In 2160 Pratt Groom, a leading Neurobiologist, along side Professor Emory Toffton pioneered the technology to record thoughts and memories from brainwave patterns. Their developments became the foundation for Intuitive Neural Simulators (INS).

Groom set out to capture the very essence of a person. He wanted the ability to escape flesh and bone and achieve immortality. To this end Groom partnered with Artificial Intelligence expert Emory Toffton. After 17 years of development Groom and Toffton introduce “Illumination”, a process to translate and store human consciousness as living data.

Illumination is not simply making a copy, it is a complete mapping and deconstruction of the conscious and unconscious mind of an individual. Every aspect of the person is processed and transferred into a data construct specifically designed as an exact parallel of the subjects neuro pathways. Every memory, every emotion, every sight and sensation is reconstructed in an artificial duplicate of the persons brain.

Once transferred the subject is fully aware and has all their memories. They are able to interact via a holographic avatar and use various sensory inputs embedded in the system to give them the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Toffton’s incredibly elaborate construct even translates the system diagnostics data into the equivalent information that the brain would have received from involuntary processes such as respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Intuitive Neural Simulation

Developed on September 20th 2160 by Professor Ernest Ovinko, the Intuitive Neural Simulation is a quasi-artificial intelligence core. The INS system is not capable of independent thought like a traditional AI, rather it is a predictive interface. By analyzing neural patterns of a user the INS system can determine what you are about to do relative to the current task or situation.

For example if you are a ships navigator and you need to plot a course, the INS will sense your intent and begin all the preparations for the process before your arm has received the signal from your brain to raise you hand towards the controls. Without INS interfaces modern space combat would not be possible as pilots reaction times would be limited by their physical reactions.

INS systems are used as interfaces for complex computer cores, such as those in large space stations and ships. Early versions of the INS simply acted as hands-off interfaces for simple systems such as browsing the internet. However each successive version of the technology was able to predict actions faster and more precisely  The INS-9, affectionately called Einstein, is the most widely used incarnation of the technology. The Einstein is so fast and accurate in its predictions that it seems almost precognitive.

 

Autonomous Nanomachine Task System (ANTS)

Developed in 2143 by Bordstrum Konchū, the world renowned expert in molecular manipulation using nano-machines and a third generation Nano-engineer. His Grandfather Ito Konchū was recognized as one of the pioneers of nano-machine design. And his Father, Wilhelm Konchū, was responsible for most of the nano-tech used in modern medicine.

Molecular nano manipulation involves using very advanced nano-machines to restructure molecules in order to enhance their properties or create new ones. The process was widely used in the manufacturing of alloys and polymers, as well as micro circuitry, and of course, the manufacturing of other nano-machines.

The Autonomous Nano-machine Task System (ANTS) is uses nano-machines to perform extremely complex tasks independent of an operator. Once programmed the system either completes a one time task or to perform continued maintenance, using a basic distributed AI to handle resource management. There are various forms of the system commonly used.

Manufacturing ANTS

Manufacturing ANT Systems can range in scale from the manufacturing micro circuitry to the manufacturing of ships and and buildings. They are efficient and precise, able to build even the most complex structures from the ground up. Industrial ANTS can produce a 12 meter space ready shuttle craft in roughly 18 hours. They can work in almost any environment including the vacuum of space where they can produce a fully operational 120 meter tall Isis Tempus space station in about 18 days. The only limiting factor for the system is available power source and available raw material. The power is provided by low yield nueon radiation, either as a generated field or more precise beam. The raw material comes in the form of Carbon Slugs. These slugs are comprised of densely packed base elements that can be restructured by the nano-machines into anything they might need. They’re typically mostly Carbon isotopes but the composition and size varies depending on application.

Maintenance ANTS

Maintenance ANTS are nano-machines built into almost all complex structures such as ships and space stations. They can be powered by a charge carried through the structure itself or by an external Nueon power source. Their purpose is the constant maintenance of the structure in which they are embedded. In large structures like space stations the ANTS are constantly repairing damage. In smaller structures, such as ships, they typically require an external power source and will use carbon stores when available, but will also redistribute existing structure to perform emergency repairs.

Medical ANTS

Medical ANTS are very specialized. Every human born since 2110 has been implanted with Medical ANTS in some form. They do not use Nueon radiation, instead they use the body’s electrical charge to perform maintenance tasks such as minor cellular damage. They can also be charged externally to boost their healing processes and aid in the repair and recovery of severe injury. In extreme cases they can even sustain brain function for days.

ANTS are a vital technology for human civilization, but they have been used for so long that they are often taken for granted.

Asteroid Mining

Between 2118 and 2170 asteroid mining was highly glamorized in the media on earth. Numerous shows and movies were made highlighting the thrill and adventure of being a Rock Jockey. Children collected and traded Jockey profiles intently following their career stats, such as how many rocks cracked and ore tons logged. As a result hundreds of rookies with dreams of fame and fortune would make for Titus every month.

The reality was, albeit astoundingly profitable, asteroid mining was brutally difficult and extremely dangerous. A skilled Asteroid Jockey could make as much as a corporate CEO back on earth in their first year – if they lasted that long. Working with massive, constantly moving, often volatile and unpredictable asteroids in the vacuum of space took a special mentality. 90% of rookies bowed out within their first two months.

Garnering less fame, but far more profit, were the mining companies themselves. Along with the Gratestar Mining Company there were five other Titus super powers. Asteroid Inc., Haulidyte, Grimms Consolidated, HLS Mining, and StarKat Drilling Co., were all vying for prime sectors.

Competition between crews was fierce. The Titus asteroid field was massive but not every asteroid was a gold mine. As well the further into the field you ventured the more dangerous it became. The inner field was dense and very active, and therefore more unpredictable. Once a survey came in reporting a stable sector ripe with ore it was a race to see which crew could mark the best rocks and pull the most ore.

Asteroid mining is still a vital part of industry wherever humans settle, and while still quite lucrative, it has lost its popular mystique.

Pangaea Space Complex

Pangaea

Artist: CAK1776 on deviantart.com

In September of 2120 Quandry Industries, the leader in space technologies during the orbital boom, announced plans to build a massive ever expanding space complex named Pangaea. By 2142 the newly opened Pangaea had already reached a population of 100 million and was expanding rapidly hitting 300 million by 2159.

The Pangaea space complex was perhaps one of the greatest engineering marvels of all human history by sheer scale alone, and certainly by planned sustainability. Aside a few resources and construction materials, the station was almost entirely self-sustaining. It was just as impressive of an social engineering feat as well. Between 2140 and 2160 Pangaea was considered the closest to a Utopian society that humanity had ever come, or was capable of. The poet Arthur Knight described it best in his famous 2152 poem titled Pangaea:

History has dreamed of heaven since man was first able to prattle tales to wide-eyed transfixed children in flickering fire light. Since agreeable scribbles allowed stories to be scribed and passed between wondering peoples. Since we conceived of our capacity to shape and shift, by our will, the world – we have dreamed of a heaven. The reward for the beneficial deeds of our minds, and the reprieve from our struggle against natural binds. We as one dreamed of Pangaea; and as I stand on ground crafted of those dreams and stare out over the bend of blue that I am no longer bound to, I weep that I have lived to know heaven. To see a population live by hand and heart and the unshackled instinct of compassionate cooperation. To see the potential met to not rape to reap, and not sully to sow; and to see the lust for abundance abolished by the knowledge of sustainable need. I stand abroad the broken limit of sky on the fringe of infinity, and I wonder what dream of man, in kind, will be conjured and conquered next.

However, during the Gaian war from 2168 to 2178 life on Pangaea was far from Utopian. By 2164 the station was already struggling to maintain its population of now over 900. This population explosion was fueled by people fleeing the planet out of concern over violent terror attacks by the Earth-is-Home extremist group Children of Gaia. On January 2nd 2166 Pangaea officially hit the 1 billion mark. Near the end of the war, approaching a population of nearly 3 billion , resources were pushed to their limits. But still the ideal of Pangaea endured and through an overriding will of cooperation and strict rationing the population was sustained.

In 2179, after the fall of the UGC, the new Gaian authority declared that anyone not born on Earth was not of Gaia and therefore not human. The Gaian leader, Lea Warfel, ordered the extermination of the Pangaean population. Warfel’s desire was not satified however as Pangaea was liberated two months later on September 13th 2179 by the Brotherhood of Sol.

In the years after the Exodus the Gaian government had Pangaea destroyed, scattering it’s remains to create a vast debris field around the planet to prevent ships from LEAPing into orbit. To further discourage unwanted visitors they deployed mines throughout debris.

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Orbital Boom

On September 12th 2097, eccentric quintillionaire Hjörtur Gudmunsson announces his succession from the planet after spending five years designing and building his own space station, named the Solotude 1, on which he vowed to live out his days alone.

Gudmunsson’s move made world headlines and sparked public interest in the idea of living in orbit. Within a few years more than 30 companies were in a mad race to build consumer space stations. By 2104 the Orbital Boom was in full swing with the world’s wealthiest scrambling to live among the stars. Within three years more than 3000 new space stations were in orbit around the planet.

Between 2107 and 2112 roughly 250,000 people were living, at least part time, in orbit either in private space stations or small colonies. By 2120 that number had doubled and it was still only the beginning of the Orbital Boom.

Sub-Spectrum Data Burst Communications

First successfully measured by Terrance Wilcox on June 24th 2083, a long theorized light spectrum existing far below known wavelengths. Sub-spectrum wavelengths travel 200 times faster than the upper light spectrum, outside normal space, and passes through all known matter. It cannot be reflected or bent like visible light, and many scientists theorized that sub-spectrum light played some role in our perception of time.

In April of 2088 Eugene Mills, a 28 year old engineer working for a small technology firm in former Canada, createed the Sub-Light Data Burst Communications array. The immediate advantage of the SLDB system was speed of communication over long distances. Eugene also devised a method for secure communications by spreading data across multiple wavelengths making the signal nearly impossible to intercept. SLDB quickly replaced MBUS technology for deep space communication and persists to this day as the primary communications technology, with noted advances in hardware and data compression.

The Quantum Static Reactor

Dr. Abla Zwarhi, a prisoner serving two life sentences for ethics violations in a WSO science work camp, makes a breakthrough. Zwarhi had spent the first twelve years of her sentence working on a new power source based on Tristan Benoble’s Quantum Static Theory. On March 23rd 2059, she simultaneously confirms Benoble’s work and invents the first Quantum Static Reactor. The tiny device generates 145 kW for approximately 3.1 seconds before the resulting plasma build up breaches the inadequate containment vessel killing Zwarhi and 75 others.

A year later Pinot Garrett, building on Zwarhi’s work, designs a version of the reactor that is safe and magnitudes more powerful. The Gen1 QS Reactor produced 300 times the power output of the biggest XEM power cores. It was so efficient in fact that Stellar’s predictions for their engines performance turned out to be significantly underestimated.

The QS Reactor did however have a major drawback. The byproduct of the particle conversion was super-heated plasma. This plasma could not be vented safely inside the atmosphere except in very small quantities. This meant that the new power source could only reach its true potential in the vacuum of space.

Interuniverse Resonance Theory

John Hawking had spent his entire career working to prove his Interuniverse Resonance Theory. After the events of the Shinigami disaster destroyed much of his previous research he was forced to start over, something he would later say was his greatest blessing.

In 2025 Hawking had been collaborating closely with a colleague inside the Blaisdale Corporation. After the disaster in 2029, Hawking had become certain that what had allowed the Shinigami 101D to escape destruction was a technology based on his theories.

The Interuniverse Resonance Theory states that all matter in the Universe vibrates at a specific base frequency. This frequency is unique and is what binds matter to our specific universe.

Hawking believed that given enough energy, matter could be forced out of its origin universe and into another. This displaced matter could not however exist in the other universe due to its mismatched resonance frequency and would be instantaneously forced back into our universe. Hawking also theorized that matter forced out of its universe would not re-enter at the same position at which it left. Instead it would re-enter at a new position relative to the energy used to force it out initially.

On December 8th 2051, after years of development Hawking successfully built a device that was able to shift an atom of iodine one billionth of a micron. Hawkings’ device used Nueon particles to alter the resonance frequency of the iodine atom enough for it to be push out of our universe.

Unified Global Committee

A decade after the Shinigami Disaster civilization was well on its way to recovery. From tragedy arose opportunity. The vastly reduced population and sense of unity allowed the remaining world governments the opportunity to restructure.

On December 23rd 2039, Dean Karls is elected as the first Head Chairperson of the Unified Global Committee and for the first time in human history there is a single undivided governing body.

The UGC was a democracy in which representation was determined by geographic resource need in such a way that the benefit of abundance was to provide to scarcity. This included not only natural and manufactured resources, but also education and intellectual resources. The UGC established a number of organizations that were under its direction, but not entirely its control. The most notable of which were the:

  • Earth Defense Initiative (EDI) – mandated to protect humanity from any and all extraterrestrial threats.
  • World Sciences Organization (WSO) – mandated to safeguard and disseminate beneficial technologies to world industry to ensure technological advancement.
  • Health Of Humanity Resource (HOH) – oversaw and directed global health services as well as the development of medical technologies and medical research.
  • Enlightened Agricultural Trades (EAT) – managed the resources, technologies, and distribution of global agricultural needs and goods.

From 2039 to 2162 the UGC was amazingly successful presiding over a relatively peaceful and prosperous world population. In 2162 conflicts with the Earth-is-home extremist group, the Children of Gaia, began and escalated into the Gaian war in 2166 ultimately leading to the overthrow of the UGC by the Gaian Nation.

Quantum Static Theory

Tristan Benoble was born on February 8th, 2012 with a rare genetic disorder giving him a 15 year life expectancy. Tristan was however also a child prodigy. By age 7 he had earned an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Tristan then moved on to conquer Biochemistry where he, at the age of 13, developed a treatment for his condition. On his 17th birthday he accepted the Eva Vertes Prize for Medical Advancement.

The future ahead of him Benoble became an unstoppable intellectual force. By age 22 he was considered a leader in the field of Quantum Physics, posting a ground breaking paper on Quantum Static Theory.

In 2034 Benoble theorized that it was possible to utilize the energy from Higgs field particle interactions to create a limitless source of power. However with the world still rebuilding from the Shinigami Disaster, Benoble was never able to test his hypotheses before dying from liver disease on June 12th, 2038.