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    Where forward thinking terrestrials share ideas and information about the state of the species, their planet and the universe, living the lives of science fiction. Introduction
    Featuring Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames, based on an idea by Kees Boeke.
    Advances in biotechnology and micro-robotics have shrunk the industrial base of society down to the scale where anyone can make almost anything. With self replicating matter printing systems, and adolescent with a biological printer and laptop becomes a species level threat. Additionally, such systems place an unprecedented burden of self control on their users, who are now free to satisfy any psychological desire. It is for these reasons that the anti-transhumanist society has classified self replicating microscale and nanoscale biological robotics as a third order narcotic (first order being simple drugs, and second order being mechanical modifications of the mind and sensory hacking). Third order narcotics are technologies and concepts that impair, subvert, and eliminate traditional limitations within which the human reward system is evolved to operate, and therefore represent an existential threat to our society.

    Proponents of self replicating nanotechnology point out that if you scale down the industrial base of society to the point where it can reproduce like a biological entity, the means of manufacturing will be decoupled from the global power networks and hence immune to their vices. The social and financial media have become sufficiently complex to support replicators which undergo Darwinian selection. It has been argued that the entire anti-transhumanist movement is the physical manifestation of these semi-sentient financial derivatives, which have organized their human components in a struggle for survival.
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    Afflictions for Cybernetic society

    • Deep brain stimulation mood modulation dependence
    • High bandwidth dependence
    • Extrasensory agnosia
    • Implant induced sensory agnosia
    • Neural-crosslink co-dependence
    • Neural crosslink severence syndrome
    • Neural autolink and crosslink rejection
    • Metacortex control inversion ( AI brain takeover )
    • Metacortex dis-integration syndrome
    • AI and metacortex dependence syndromes
    • External control loop dependencies
    • Implant polymer rejection
    • Metacortex link agnosia
    • Viral gene vector modified tissue rejection syndrome
    • Hive dependence
    • Hive incompatibility disorders
    • Fractional personality disorder ( form of hive dependence )
    • Fluorescent modified tissue tattoo rejection ( boring dermatological condition )
    • Neural cross-link dependent epilepsy
    • Spurious artificial consciousness ( software bug )
    • Augmented reality dependence
    • Artificial neuromodulator malfunction
    • Malicious external control of artificial neuromodulator
    • Metacortex security compromised

    Terms :

    AC : artificial consciousness
    AI : artificial intelligence
    Agnosia : inability to perceive or be aware of sensory stream, or even to be aware of a sensory stream's absence
    AR : augmented reality ( VR filter on sensory input streams )
    Hive : collection of evolved and artificial consciousnesses with mutual high bandwidth connections facilitating emergent behavior beyond that of a human social clique.
    Metacortex : AI and information portal with extremely high bandwidth connections to a single nervous system
    Neural auto-link : high bandwidth artificial direct connection between two areas in the same central nervous system.
    Neural cross-link : high bandwidth artificial direct connection between two central nervous systems.
    Neuromodulator : chemical or electrical diffuse modulation of the central nervous system ( pleasure, pain, happy, sad, focused, sleepy )
    Neuro-replasticizer : compound or software capable of re-creating the plasticity of childhood
    VR : virtual reality

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    "In retrospect, it was a natural progression. The counterculture was rapidly exhausting existing intoxicants, and the creation of new drugs took a considerable amount of expertise and luck. Even then the compounds were course, imperfect, and not without side effects. Ultimately, the desire for increasingly novel experiences drove the use of neuroscience toward recreational purposes. Those individuals who would have formed roving bands of homeless hippies in the 60s now form rouge "research groups," largely outside the reach of law or even rigorous science, who's subject of investigation is of course entirely their own minds, and who's objective is undefined."
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