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
A perfect addition to any fantasy setting, though it could also find a home in "weird" post-appoc futures as well. Would love to put these into any game that involves arctic travel, as a fun alternative to sled dogs, yak, or or other mounts. Go to Comment
Most things are only going to be made of one material, and stuff like metal is going to be very fine powder suspended in a gel. The cartridges is accurate, but larger forges are likely to use holding tanks or material hoppers to feed them, but these are machines that aren't printing out pens and paperclips, but armor in pieces and other pre-fab construction materials. A liquid hauling vehicle could offload it's cargo, cement truck style, into an industrial hopper, which feeds the forge, and on the other side, construction mecha remove the extruded girders, because again like cement, it's all in the mix. Go to Comment
A nice take on the replicator idea, with basis in real technology. The only problem would be supplying the various pastes and mixtures that a polyforge requires. Perhaps eventually it would be possible to just keep "cartridges" of different elements -- carbon, iron, etc -- that can be mixed at the elemental layer before being fed into the machine? Go to Comment
True Fact: Elon Musk wants these on Mars so we can design organisms here (think, bacteria strains), transmit the build codes there, and then print whatever terraforming lifeform we need over there.
These will continue to take off IRL - definitely a staple of the future.
One game-play mechanic that this can play to is reusability. One future-trope is scavenging parts and stuff from space hulks and ruins. With a replicator you can easily fix machinery and/or convert scraps into building materials.
Regarding Scrasamax's comment about using only one material: I think one of the most useful things about 3D printing is that you can layer different materials. Think crazy composites, printing circuitry beneath the surface, and embedding mechanisms in hard-to-reach places. Sure, it will always be easier to only use one, and if you are building entire buildings you might not go for it, but making small, high-precision items with expensive 3D printing technology is something we can pretty much do today.
Hitchikers Guide: "He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea." Go to Comment
The Atlantic Federation is very large, and while it might seem like a lot has gone into their archery program, it's a drop in the ocean compared to the funding that's gone into flying warships, space stations, supersoldier programs and so forth. Go to Comment
I think there's a lot of good stuff in this entry, in particular, I like the analysis of what might make a bow useful is good, and the fancy arrows are neat. I do think that they're kind of strange in connection with each other - Federation implies a big organization, and it seems odd they'd put so much effort into arrows. Maybe they have a lot of use for assassins and saboteurs? Go to Comment