The CogNet is a big place
A man prone to grief, Walter Stupek surrounded himself with the Etherite clones of people he has lost.
The digital Old Folks Home of the Cosmic Era
The offspring of Political Action Committees and Lobby groups
The War Academy is one of the Federation's ace programs.
The Personal Accessory Network is the aggregation of all the SmartDevices in a person's household, as well as their personal gadgets, and their cybernetic implants.
The greedy, obnoxious, exploitative things the entertainment industry does in the Cosmic Era
The research and development process is often a lengthy and arduous one. In the Cosmic Era, it is often just a matter of time and luck to see who breaks the next barrier in arcanotech.
The virtual battlefields of the of the Cosmic Era
Also known as A10s, synaptic amplifiers are both tools for cognet interface and fashion statements
The first documented virtual illness.
The virtual police/help function of the CogNet
Also known as PPI or Brain Pumping.
The main commodity in the Cosmic Era is data and communication, in the form of social media, entertainment, advertising, and other electronic sources of information. The spread of this data is measured in a unit known as a meme (also spelled meem)
A portmanteau of Kaku and engram. Dr. Kaku of the middle Petrol era posited the quantification of human emotion, while an engram is a cybertechnological recording of a human mind, a snapshot of a mental or emotional state.
A flash copy of a person, inserted into an auton, for a variety of purposes
Wonder World LLC is the largest operator of virtual theme parks, amusement parks, and other non-sport, non-mmo virtual environments.
Portraying artificial intelligence as NPCs in a game
KiKi is a common type of synthetic intelligence program found in the Cosmic Era. KiKi is considered malware.
The Floating World, the domain of the Hikikomori
Some parallel worlds have different time-flows, like the fabled dwelling-places of the elves: those who visit them under the hill for a night return to find that years have passed in this world. Perhaps it is the gate leading between the worlds which causes the alteration. If a gate were 'misaligned', the shift from '| |' to '| \' or '| /' as it were would lead to that difference, much as a light-beam split and bent by a prism ends up taking a longer path. There might even be a mathematical function linking degree of misalignment to alteration of time-rate.