This NPC has some promise- giving her a maternal urge is a nice touch to counterbalance her praying mantis/black widow side. But overall, this is a very snapshotish sub. If this is a character sheet, I might give it a higher score. Go to Comment
Squeaks by on the hook with Neal Goodchild -- I loved the concept of a being being genetically "coded" to just one other mate. Mass production implies that there might be more of her around (although not with her history or asylum), and therefore possibly more than one Neal Goodchild model for the party to encounter. Go to Comment
Ha, the Ferari of autons. Was going to bring up C-3PO, but you beat me to it. "Goldenrod" is a nice brand name.
However, this is basically the content from a stub or a single 30s entry, albeit beefed up a bit in word count. There's really not much here (appearance, luxury status, one or two traits). This might be a more useful article if it was a full list of auton manufacturers (or auton models), from the low-end to the high-end, including "custom" or "special" models. Go to Comment
I'm open to suggestions because I'm not happy with the name, it is clunky, doesn't abbreviate well, and feels like something Apple would use to describe the design philosophy behind a light switch. Go to Comment
In the Cosmic Era I can see there being a blurry line between what is acceptable genetic modification, such as genefixing, or the outlandish but rather harmless stuff like making yourself look like a cat, elf, or dranaei? and what is making a weaponized human.
Most nations and organizations capable of genetic modification kinda crap all over the no supersoldiers edict from the Tycho convention, mostly because the conventions are kinda like the League of Nations, looks good on paper, but has no clout, no teeth, to enforce it's rulings. Go to Comment
This comment of mine is somewhat ironic - I had the Zoimorphisits School of Magic which is not much less of a mouthful, but shares similar bio-modding, with magic of course.
Genomorphing? - This is already in use in a few places.
Clade is a word I literally learned yesterday when looking at wikipedia about how closely related puffins are to penguins (they are both birds, that's it..). It a nice technical word, but hardly common.
Biogenesis? - Creation of new types of life from other living things.
Second val on the name, though I have no alternatives to suggest. Puts me in mind of that Star Trek character, Dr. Bashir -- a genetically enhanced superhuman. In that society, the penalty for genetic modification of any sort was that the child would not be allowed to practice medicine or join the military. Their parents would face prison time. The fear was that opening the door to any of this would lead to another war with Khan-like superhumans, and I can understand that position.
Yet how could we possibly justify NOT doing this? GeneFixing would be a miracle; we could cure everything from bad eyesight to Alzheimer's, and stop the Autism epidemic in its tracks. Some may call the product inhuman or superhuman (or mutant, if they wanted to be nasty), but I can see this becoming the eventual norm in society. Go to Comment
What was the movie where the old guy was murdered, and the only thing they could talk to was a hologram of him, and if they asked the wrong question, it could only say 'my responses are limited'? Same basic concept, and totally. Go to Comment
Another great (and scary) CE read. A simple but fun plot hook for Body Doubles and Doppelgängers could involve a PC escaping (whichever hell he/she was stuck in) and having to (desperately wanting to?) hunt down and kill off all duplicates. Go to Comment
The plot hooks are perfect, and I really have to find a group to run this for. Could see temporary egomorphs being created to serve as last wills and testaments, woken up when the original dies, and then "deactivated" once the job is done. Go to Comment
There is a security firm in place, and it largely originates from the machine intelligences that networked the CogNet together. I do need to elaborate on them, but they are basically the 'gods' behind the network, and are one of the reasons that the same network is available regardless of what country you are in. There are private security firms, there are national and international security firms, and like a living organism, there are AISC generated security systems. For the most part, hacking someone's gesund is as likely as someone having their pacemaker hacked. Another layer is that everyone who has a gesund also has a Muse, and to hack into the gesund, any hacker would have to get through that first, without it being able to alert anyone or anything.
I would also posit that there is going to be something along the lines of biological encryption, in that you wouldn't be able to hack into something like someone's cyberware without having access to their genetic information. Go to Comment
I can imagine that removing or modifying this implant would be the first step for anyone considering a criminal or espionage career. There have got to be really, really good private security firms in your universe, Scras, even if just for the very wealthy. Otherwise, kidnapping a celebrity would be as easy as hacking their Gesund and grabbing them during transport or sleep. Go to Comment
Good questions, and it really depends on who is asking. If the corporate sponsor is asking, just the original meme in it's intended purpose. From a cultural or societal angle, all the variations would be valid. Go to Comment
As with many of the Cosmic Era subs, I can see this being used very shortly in the ad biz or with governments. Already we experience kilomemes and megamemes, with even a few gigamemes (a la Gangnam Style), sprinkled in.
Are the various parodies, modifications, and remixes considered part of the original meme, in this system? Do they add a modifier to its score, or are they considered separate entities? Go to Comment
I imagine entirely companies built around the idea of trawling the interwebs for fresh memes that haven't circulated yet, quickly buying them from their creators, and then selling them to the highest bidder for their next political campaign, ad run, etc. Go to Comment