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Colonization Loss

An expected degree of loss to both the ecosystem of a newly colonized world and to the colonists within the first few decades. Through experience and practice we’ve learned how to effectively determine what our impact on a planet will be and how suitable the ecology of the planet will be for us. With the most modern methods of colonization loss ratios have been greatly reduced.

Humable Range

The Humable Range is a scale applied to habitable planets. It takes into account various aspects of the planets ecology and the fragility of its ecosystem to determine the colonization risk.

Despite out best attempts, human introduction into an environment is always destructive to some degree. It is expected that during the first five decades of colonization of a new world that a number of native species will be lost. As well a number of humans. This is called Colonization Loss and is simply an accepted part of the process, but every attempt is made to keep it to a minimum. Younger ecosystems may be unable to adapt to a new outside species and would eventually collapse over decades. as well many worlds may be chemically and environmentally perfect for humans but their ecology might not be. In order for humans to thrive we must be at the top of the food chain. Planets with high ratios of large predators among the wildlife aren’t suitable for colonization. Ultimately we’d end up killing off the top level predators that were a threat to us and thus irreparably upsetting the ecosystem.

When a new world is found probes take samples and thousands of factors are considered. The outcome of these tests determine a planets Humable range. It’s a very narrow window. Planets in the range of 1 to 3 are too delicate for successful colonization, with planets at the low end being even too sensitive to risk any human contact. Planets that fall in a Humable range of 7 to 10 are far to volatile or ecologically hostile for humans to survive. A perfect planet will be a 5, with room on either side. A 5 will be a planet with an established and robust ecosystem that can handle some loss due to the introduction of a new species. Also one where the plant life is mostly non-predatory, meaning everything that grows isn’t poisonous. Most importantly a planet where the top level predators are not big enough to eat people like snack poppers.

Master Code Theory

Humans had known for centuries that all known life shared DNA, informing the belief that everything evolved from a common ancestor during the billions of years of evolution of life on Earth. But the question was our DNA exclusive to Earth? Was there other life in the universe that shared the same code? It wasn’t until the mid 2100s, during mankind’s first ventures beyond their solar system, that we found the answer.

Early expeditions beyond the reach of our sun were understandably focused on planets we projected were hospitable to life. We quickly discovered that vital planets in our own galaxy were no where as rare as we speculated. Microbial life, simple organisms, and plant life abounded in nearly every solar system we probed. The discovery of complex organisms was not as common, but still not rare. much of this new life was strange and some shockingly familiar. By 2150 it was clear that our DNA was not an isolated occurrence and far far older than we would have ever imagined.

In 2180 our migration into Draco-Tao – 60 billion light years from Earth – provided further confirmation of this. The plants and wildlife on Solum, and other planets we studied and colonized later, all evolved from a common base code. The same confirmation as we expanded into the Vigilem galaxy in 2280. DNA as we knew it was indeed pervasive throughout the universe.

It is important to note that “common” does not mean “same”. Obviously the genetic variation across worlds and organisms is significant. A common source of DNA explains why so many aliens exhibit familiar characteristics, and the prevalence of so many humanoid aliens. However, even an alien races such as the Aran, that are nearly physically identical to humans, are as genetically removed from us as a plant.

However, as it is with science, answers are questions waiting to be asked. And the new burning question was, what was the source?

 

Helidyte

History

First discovered in an impact crater on Mars in 2101, Helidyte is a mineral compound that when exposed to Nitrogen decomposes releasing high levels of Helium. With both XEM and QS reactor technologies requiring vast amounts of Helium the mineral held great potential as a fuel source. Unfortunately all that existed was a 12 gram sample.

With the Helium shortage on Earth a mining expedition was started aimed at the red planet to see if they could find more Helidyte. The operation however never made it to Mars as large deposits of Helidyte were identified in the Kuiper Asteroid Belt in 2118. This discovery led to the establishment of the Titus Mining Colony and the Luna Chorda refining complex on the moon in 2122.

Helium extraction from Helidyte was a boon to Earths tech industry leading to significant advancements Quantum Static power generation which in turn led to advances in other high energy technologies such as LEAP.

After the Exodus 2179 humanity is slip between two galaxies. In Draco Tao on humanities new home world of Solum there was no longer a Helium shortage however Helidyte remained a critical element in energy generation until 2230. It was simply more efficient transport and refine Helidyte than to handle Helium itself. After 2230 many colonies moved to solar power or localized Helium extraction but Helidyte was still needed for ships and space stations. In the Milky Way Helidyte is still a high value commodity in the outer colonies but is no longer used on Earth.

Chemistry

Helidyte is a gray brittle shale-like mineral. Raw Helidyte breaks down rapidly when exposed to Nitrogen producing Helium 4 and Beryllium nitride as a byproduct.

The Epensia Plant

Found almost exclusively on the the Planet Elysium in the Calico system, the Epensia plant has been found to have incredible medical potential, most notably as a potential cure for Barros Disease. Aside from the plants rarity it is also very particular and cannot be cultivated outside it’s native environment. Research was also made even more difficult as the plant contains more than 4500 chromosomes.

The primary importance of the Epensia plant was in its use as a treatment for Barros disease, a deadly neurological condition that was becoming an epidemic in many colonized systems. A compound in the Epensia is used to produce Acetoxt Bupropion, which exactly mimicks Acetoxy-tri-methyle-thana-minium, the neurotransmitter affected by Barros. Commonly called ACE, the treatment greatly slows the progression of Barros and is believed, with more research, to potentially be a cure for the disease.

The Epensia plant was placed under tight restrictions on its harvesting and thus raised its resource value significantly making it a target for unscrupulous traders.

In 2308, Scientists working on a cure for Barros inadvertently produce a highly effective stimulate. Increasing energy and level of awareness for many hours with no side effects, the substance had great potential. However Barros research was made priority and all other results were set aside. However the formula for the stimulant is leaked to the Pirate Clans who produce a synthetic version of the powerful drug called Maxout.

Barros Disease

The degenerative condition, one time only common among asteroid minors, began affecting hundred of colonies. The condition is caused by certain types of solar radiation affecting cellular replication in humans. Depending on the level of radiation exposure the disease can present itself in a few months or many years. Which is why asteroid minors, being more directly exposed, were the first to be affected.

Barros affects the production of the neurotransmitter Acetoxy-tri-methyle-thana-minimum. What makes Barros so difficult to treat is that this neurotransmitter has never been successfully produced in the lab. It is one of the 30 organic compounds defined as “life active”, meaning they require some yet to be defined process of living organisms to form properly. All synthetic alternatives used in an attempt to treat Barros resulted in accelerated mutations.

The symptoms begin with subtle nervous ticks then slowly progresses into frequent mild seizures. In the beginning these symptoms were misdiagnosed and treated individually masking the early advancement of Barros. Later symptoms include memory loss, disorientation, delirium, and violent outburst. Then there is a period of regression where the sufferers appear to have recovered. This can last anywhere from 2 days to several months before the final stages present themselves. Final stages are violent psychotic episodes were sufferers attempt to harm others and themselves before severe multi-zone brain hemorrhaging and death.

Maxout

In 2351, while working on a cure for Barros disease, Scientists stumbled across a highly effective stimulate. Increasing energy and level of awareness for many hours with no side effects, the substance had great potential. However, do to the extremely rare nature of the Epensia plant from which it was derived, the research was set aside.

The formula however was leaked to the Pirate Clans who produce a synthetic version of the powerful drug. Called Maxout, it is pushed to Belt miners as a way to work longer and harder. Maxout is highly addictive and, unlike the natural compound, has severe side effects with prolonged use. As tolerance to the drug increases users will continually need increased dosages until their brains will simply no longer rest. They cannot sleep and quickly lose all ability to focus, eventually entering a vegetative state as overstimulated sections of their brains burn out.

Use of Maxout became so widespread that the Imperium attempted to step in and regulate its production with very little success. To deal with it’s use among Ferrum officers the Brotherhood places an outright ban on the narcotic. Maxout is now illegal in most colonies.

Wernicke Device

Initially built from “basic technology” provided to humans by the Cysti the device intercepts speech and translates aural signals to the language (Wernicke) center of the brain in real time. The device is usually attached behind the ear and interfaces with the brain using nano-filaments and contact electrodes.

Early versions of the technology were limited and suffered from delay issues. Newer versions were made more efficient by offloading language libraries and now accesses translation data over a SLDB connection. This also allows the device to be integrated into comms headsets. The Wernicke Device is now standard issue to all human military and exploration outfits.

LEAP Translocation Technology

Principles

LEAP technology operates by saturating an object with harmless Nueon particles within a translocation field. The Nueon particles disrupt the harmonic bond within the objects atoms so that when the translocation field is collapsed all matter inside the field is forced out of the boundaries of our universe. Then, following Hawking’s Inter-Universe Resonance Theory, the object instantaneously shifts back into our universe at a different position in space. The intensity of the field before collapse determines the relative distance of the LEAP, and the point of collapse in the field determines the LEAPs directional vector.

LEAP-MechanicsMechanics

  1. The LEAP Gate or LEAP Drive generates a translocation field by coaxing Nueon particles into a stable quantum state around the initiation point. As the field grows it displaces Zero Point Energy creating an area of low energy density inside the field. All matter inside the field is saturated with the stabilized Nueon particles altering its atomic resonance frequency and bringing it out of sync with our Universe.
  2. When the desired field size and strength is achieved it is precisely collapsed. As the surrounding higher density Zero Point Energy rapidly expands into the low density void created by the field it forces all matter inside the field out of our Universe.
  3. Once outside our Universe the Atomic Resonance Frequency of the matter, no longer influenced by the translocation field, stabilizes and is forced BACK into our Universe, reemerging in a new location relative to the force and vector in which it was ejected.

Field size is controlled by regulating the LEAP Drive’s energy output. When energy is fed into the field at a constant rate the field size remain constant while the Nueon density inside the field increases. The LEAP field can be expanded by lowering and rapidly increasing the energy output of the LEAP Drive. The resulting energy waves force the captured Nueon particles outward expanding the LEAP field and reducing its density. This process is called “Pulsing” and must be precisely regulated as to not destabilize the LEAP field.

It is unknown where LEAP’s matter goes once outside our Universe. To this date there has been no successful experimentation in Inter-universal probing.

Brief History

August of 2061, the think tank turned technology firm Quandry Industries, engages the 71 year old Hawkings to complete his work on Inter-Universe Resonance Theory. Specifically Quandry was pushing to develop a translocation technology code named Slipstream.

On September 7th 2072, at a Quandry research facility, an egg is successfully transported from a test chamber into the wall of an adjacent lab thirty meters away. Within a matter of months the Slipstream team were transporting objects all over the Quandry compound. The new system operated with such precision that for a final demonstration Hawkings is said to have had a ham and cheese sandwich transported directly into his stomach. The project officially becomes LEAP (Linear Exchange of Absolute Position) and is immediately put into production.

The first LEAP gates are put into service on September 13th 2074 and successfully transport a Boone shuttle and its crew from Earth orbit to just inside the Mars orbital plane. The 78 million kilometer journey took approximately .3 seconds. Within the year EDI was positioning LEAP gates throughout the solar system dramatically cutting the long term costs of maintaining the EDI detection network as well as allowing for expansion far beyond its current range and a new era of space travel had begun.

Generations

GenerationEffective RangeNoted AdvanceYear
Gen1100 M/km2074
Gen21 B/kmImproved power sources2179
Gen31 LYNueon Sink Technology2145
Gen4 (Gate)10 LYArc Folding2153
Gen4 (Drive)Limited Only By Power SourceFleet mover2179
Beyond this point all LEAP advances occur outside the Milky Way
Gen5 (Gate)22 LYImproved effiency2210
Gen5 (Drive)Limited Only By Power SourceImproved charge rates2222
Nexus Gates1200 LYConstant charge gate systems2318
LEAP VesselUnknownExperimental ship that is essentially a huge LEAP drive powered by a Helio-Spike2398

2nd Generation

A steady supply of Helidyte from the Titus asteroid field gave new life to the tech sector. Companies no longer restricted by Helium shortages were able to realize the true potential of both XEM and QS reactors.

On July 14th 2129, Quandry Industries and Stellar Systems introduce the second generation of LEAP technology. The new gates generated larger LEAP fields allowing for the transit of larger ships and boasted a substantially increased range. The most advanced generation one gates had a max range of roughly 100 million kilometers. However, thanks to more powerful QS reactors, and more efficient methods of generating Nueon particle fields, Gen 2 gates had an astounding range of 1 billion kilometers. This would reduce the number of LEAPs between the Luna Chorda Moon base and Titus from 58 to just seven.

3rd Generation

April 16th 2145, Stellar Systems successfully tests the prototype for their third generation LEAP technology. The new system has two key advantages over previous versions. The first is an increased maximum range of 1 lightyear. The second was Dr. Candice Schwedock’s nueon particle sink.

Until now it was not possible to LEAP the Nueon particle source and the target object together. Variations in particle saturation between the two would result in endpoint divergence. Simply put, the target object would not exit the LEAP in one piece. Sections with differing nueon saturation would literally exit in different locations. The Schwedock’s Nueon sink regulated particle density so that a ship or station could generate a LEAP field around itself eliminating the need for an external gate.

With a large enough power core a LEAP field could be extended far enough around the source to affect everything in the surrounding area. Essentially turning the host ship/station into a massive LEAP gate. The downside was that increased power needs of the nueon sink meant longer cycle times between LEAPs and only vessels with very large power cores would be able to utilize the gate-less technology.

The ability to LEAP an entire command station with an accompany support ships opened new defense strategies for the EDI. The WSO was however more focused on the increased range. The organization was eager to explore deeper into the galaxy. A notion that worried many people.

4th Generation

Generation 4 LEAP marks the most significant shift in the technology since its invention. Using new improvements to particle sinks and reactor technology the new LEAP system, branded “Limitless”, promised to eliminate limits on LEAP travel. The drive had been tested up to 5 million light years, but unlike previous LEAP systems that had a maximum power capacity, Gen 4 did not. This meant that as reactor technology advanced, or as new power sources were discovered, LEAP ranges would potentially be limitless.

This enormous performance increase was almost entirely due to a new method of managing power generation in QS reactors, pioneered by Dr. Bo Kauppinen, called Arc Folding. The method effectively increased reactor efficiency by 300%. The downside was increased fuel consumption, and greatly increased LEAP charge times. For a maximum LEAP it might take up to 72 hours to generate sufficient power.

Generation 5

Gen 5 LEAP technologies feature performance improvements over previous generations but no significant changes in the technology. By Generation 5 LEAP standards were pretty solidly established and, aside from some ultra-long-range concepts and ongoing research into Inter-Universal theories, LEAP was considered the pinnacle of human achievement. Focus moved from LEAP to improvements in probe and sensor technologies to better facilitate exploration into new regions of the Universe.

Nexus Gates

In the early 2300’s as humans began to expand into Vigilem from Draco Tao, Nexus gates began to come on the scene. Nexus Gates use arrays of synchronized field generators to maintain an active and constantly charged LEAP field allowing for a higher field density and thus longer ranges. The array also meant there were no field charge times between LEAPs. The limitation was that each gate was locked to a specific destination so they were most placed in areas with steady high volume traffic between two points,

LEAP Vessel (Experimental)

With the intention of LEAPing to the furthest point possible in the Universe, a team of researchers from both the Scientia and Ferrum began constructing a vessel that is essentially a massive LEAP Field Generator with crew quarters. The ship, named Kujua, is proposed to be powered by a Helio-Spike tapped into an isolated star that will feed the largest LEAP field ever generated. It’s projected that it will take 58 years for the 150,000 meters wide LEAP field to reach Critical Density. If successful, the crew of the Kujua will emerge, after roughly a 12 second journey, in a part of the universe 10,000 million years old.

Advantages & Drawbacks

LEAP affords humanity near instantaneous travel to any point in the Universe with nano-scale accuracy. It is efficient, scalable, safe, and sustainable. It has been described as  “a technology that approaches near perfection in its utility” and there has never been a better transportation technology encountered to-date.

Short Distance Limitation

There is theoretically no limitation to how far you can LEAP given enough power. However LEAP Drives do have a Short Distance Limitation. The minimum distance of a LEAP is inversely proportional to the energy required to generate the LEAP field. For example; there is a minimum amount of power required to form a LEAP field to translocate a 30 meter long ship and concurrently the field will displace a minimum amount of ZPE determining the shortest distance possible for the LEAP. The larger the minimum field required, the longer the minimum LEAP distance possible. For this reason LEAP Gates are used for shorter distance LEAPs such as between planets and within solar systems.

When You Cannot LEAP

While LEAP travel is the overwhelmingly the preferred form of travel among human cultures, both in and outside the Milky Way, it isn’t the only method used. Indeed there are instances where it can’t be used. An example instances would be when a natural phenomenon hinders or prevents the collection of Nueon particles in a particular region, such as the asteroid belts in the Callico system.

There are also instances in which certain cargo cannot be LEAP’d. Any technology that itself that actively generates a LEAP field cannot be LEAP’d until it is disengaged and purged of any Nueon charge. For example ANT Systems for building or repair must be disengaged before a LEAP (Medical ANTS are not affected). Some cargo cannot ever be LEAD’d such as active LEAP gates and LEAP Drive cores, as they can never be fully purged of their Nueon charges after long time use. In these cases alternate transportation methods are required.

Logistical Concerns

There are also some logistical considerations when using LEAP Drives. LEAP Navigators need to have detailed data on their current surrounding and their destinations to prevent potential catastrophes. The LEAP itself may be near instantaneous but there is a lot of preparation and planning leading up to the point of LEAP.

Destination Variables are one of the primary concerns of a LEAP Navigator. Intersecting with matter at the destination is unavoidable, however while small objects are vaporized or integrated by internal ANT Systems, larger intersections can be disastrous. Probe data and Communication with the Destination’s LEAP Command Centers is vital. Because of this protocols dictate that large LEAPs are received outside of planetary orbits to reduce potential intersections with orbital debris. As well “Blind LEAPs” are rarely ever performed and only in cases of extreme emergency.

Another common concern are “Hitchhikers” referring to unwanted matter that might exist within large LEAP fields, such as when LEAPing fleets. One example would be traveling gases, when LEAPing from within a nebula, that might react badly with matter at the destination. Another example would be hitchhiking asteroids LEAP’d along with a fleet into the orbit of a planet and subsequently caught in the planets gravity becoming a potentially deadly meteor. This particular concern is why regulation requires that Mining vessels coming from asteroid belts are received far outside planetary orbits.

Critical Density

As well there is a theoretical maximum Nueon particle density possible within a given field size, this is referred to as Critical Density. While this limit has never been reached it is theorized, and can be mathematically shown, that if the Nueon particle density in a static (non-expanding) field exceeds 89.92222% ZPE displacement, there will longer be enough local zero point energy to maintain resonance and field will become unstable and uniformly disperse the contained matter in all directions.

Non-Uniform Fields

If the energy output is not strictly regulated and particle sinks are not precisely calibrated it can result in a non-uniform LEAP field. Such a field would have pockets of high and low densities and when collapsed would LEAP matter irregularly. The result would be matter in the field being ripped apart and sent to different locations. This has never occurred beyond the initial testing phases of LEAP technology and with current Nueon Sink technologies it is a near impossibility.

Point Of Commitment & Uniform Dispersal

When generating a LEAP field there is a point in which the field can no longer be safely dispersed, this is referred to as the Point Of Commitment. At the POC there is no possible way to re-normalize ZPE within the field so a LEAP MUST occur.

Beyond the POC if the field stability is compromised in any way it will result in Uniform Dispersal LEAPing all contained matter in the field in all directions essentially vaporizing it. There have only been 3 instances of Uniform Dispersal in the entire history of LEAP technology. Two were the result of catastrophic LEAP drive failures during extreme conditions, and one due to operator error during a long distance LEAP experiment.

Singularity Weapons

Developed in 2266 in a Brotherhood weapons research program, the device, in the most basic terms, collapses critically dense matter into an artificial micro singularity.

The gravitaional effects last only a few seconds under optimal conditions but nonetheless has devistating potential. Early prototypes were capable of creating gravitational pockets strong enough to affect navigation, and even destroy vessels in a localized area.

The true potential of the weapon was realized in 2270 when a Mark1 devices was used during the Pirate Clan Wars. Detonated between a planet and its moon the weapon destabilized the moon’s orbit and caused devastating tectonic events on the planet triggering an extinction level event.

In 2298 a larger and vastly more power Mark II version of the weapon was test detonated in a romote nebula. The test obliterated more than a million square kilometers of the gas cloud, collapsing it into a small unstable protostar. The radiation wave from the protostar formation extended for more than a light year at deadly levels.

Development of a Mark III singularity weapon is completed in 2310. The initial test of this new device far exceeded the projections. The resulting singularity is so powerful that all research was stopped, locked down, and moved to a top secret Ferrum outpost located deep in a vast area of unoccupied space known as the Eridanus Super Void*.

The manufacturing of a singularity device requires stabilized critically dense matter which is only found in the core of dying stars. The method of its extraction is classified.

Due to the danger and rarity of the required matter the stockpiling of singularity weapons impossible. There are only three Mark I and one Mark II devices maintained by the Brotherhood at any given time. They are kept on separate stations, the location of which are constantly changing and unknown to even top ranking officials. If needed the devices can be launched using a similar specialized LEAP catapult used for launching long range probes. In this manner the weapons are both secure and able to be deployed to nearly any target at any time.

*The Eridanus  Super Void is a vast isolated area of space devoid of galaxies. There are no visible stars or perceivable radio signals. It is estimated to extend more than a billion light years.

Shifts In Human Reproduction

Given the wide range of environmental conditions humans now live, some reproductive anomalies began to emerge. The increase of the average life expectancy of 250 years also came with an extension of the childbearing years. Typically 14 to 80 years of age for women. However now increases in gestation were also being noted. Sometimes by as much as three to six months, particularly on planets and colonies with lower gravity. As well the occurrence of twins and plural fertilization had become extremely rare.

Rapid Cell Replication Therapy

In 2023 Dr Eva Vertes unlocked the secrets of cancer and turned what was once the most feared of all diseases, into a powerful treatment. By directing and controlling the accelerated growth of cells associated with cancer,  people were able to recover from injury faster, and live longer. Within two decades the average life expectancy doubled to 120 years.

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.

Personal Shield Technology

Developed by Dr. Reuben McIntyre, the pioneer of personal force field technology.

By manipulating a particle source between two charge nodes McIntyre’s device produces a disruptive field. This field is capable of diffusing or nullifying most energy based weapons by dispersing incoming charged particles across the field. High velocity projectiles are also defeated due to the effects of magnetic compression. Larger projectiles are deflected and smaller objects are vaporized upon interaction with the field.

The size of the system and power source determine its effectiveness. Combat field units are often powered by portable XEM cores and provide extended protection. Smaller units offer limited protection against weapons but are very effective against radiation and other environmental hazards. These are commonly used on scientific research expeditions.

As successive versions became more powerful and less cumbersome, personal defense shields were used more in scientific fields. They however never proved effective for military purposes until 2168.

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.

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.

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.