I'm still debating it, but I like the concept that when a child is born, their infantile mind is scanned and recreated on a digital realm. This mental copy then develops much like a persons mind, though significantly faster, and perhaps once a child reaches a certain age, they are given their matching synthetic intelligence, whereby they form a life-long companionship. The S.I. would gradually attune to that persons personality and eventually become a person's closest friend / family.
That's a really cool idea at least in theory. I'll wait to see the execution of it before I make further commentary.
e is a personal concern I do have about this, though. For all our talk about wanting to spend the rest our days in complete comfort and relaxation, human beings thrive on working and needing to feel necessary. It's hard to say what the implications would be if people no longer had to worry about responsibility, but I can't imagine it would be good. The best case scenario would be like Wall-e where people achieve nothing in their lives and life itself becomes monotonous and boring. If people don't have purpose, the value of their lives becomes questionable.
Oh yes. I absolutely agree. Though with clever worldbuilding it's possible to subvert that.
Obviously, I don't see people working in factories or farms anymore, at least not in the conventional sense, but their will still be higher educational careers for people or simple jobs to keep people minimally busy and properly funded for their own personal interests.
Right. I only brought it up because you say otherwise in the timeline: "Humans can also work in mining and heavy industry for considerable hazard pay, making it tantalizing for many colonists looking for a hefty paycheck, despite the risks involved." in 2216 and "The government offers many labor programs in which unemployed people can be temporarily hired to work on government projects - mainly construction or agriculture - in exchange for stipends." in 2300. Or do you mean to imply that the government is simply creating busywork for the sake of job creation?
But wouldn't it be better to have actual meaningful work? Low-skilled laborers in the far future will probably be "micro-workers" who do an endless stream of small human intelligence tasks in "digital sweatshops". High-skilled people with extensive education would of course have far more fulfilling and meaningful stuff to do.
This could potentially be why crime and piracy would exist in such an advanced world. Some people just won't be satisfied by this relaxed way of living. It won't so much be a desperation for survival resources, as much as it might be a desperation for adventure, action, entertainment, wanting not to conform to society, etc., etc.
Excellent, a societal change and a plausible one too. You might want to read The Quantum Thief; the main character Jean le Flambeur is apparently a thief just for the sake of being a thief.
Does this mean that society would be tougher on crime since there's no sense of "oh, they're just a good person in a bad situation" etc.? Also, it's likely there would still be politically motivated crime as well as economically motivated crime by those seeking to add more trillions to their trillions.
The agriculture thing isn't overly important, but I still imagine food being grown or synthetically produced (such as lab-grown meats, but on a mass scale) in large towers.
Sure, you could have industrial-scale nano-factories in large buildings, but why would you waste rocket fuel transporting food back and forth between worlds? Surely it would be much cheaper for every world to be responsible for its own food.
FTL laser power is cool, but its obviously dependant on the device that generates the tunnel to always function properly.
Since they're cheap, you can potentially make thousands or even millions for redundancy.
Do tunnels often break down in your universe?
however, I've redacted the idea that humans and Lykarians could reproduce to create a hybrid since the odds of it being possible without very extensive genetic augmentation simply would too astronomical.
Good, good. I have a few other things to say about the Lygarians, but I'll leave them for another day.
I assume you mean you've changed it in the book; it's still on the timeline. Or do I need to refresh the page?
So, yes, artificial wombs will be available, but I want to be careful about using it. Just like full cybernetic enhancement of the body, artificial reproduction could potential dehumanize people, even if they retain the same amount of emotional personality as a fully biological individual.
I'm certain it will. In fact, that's the main premise in one of my own projects. But it seems likely that society as a whole will eventually get used to them and move on, like we did with people of other religions, other races, other sexual orientations. Eventually we'll move on to discriminate against someone else...like the Lygarians. Or worse, the Narmala. You're worried about discrimination against cyborgs and artificial womb born people, but not honest-to-God aliens?
It part of the reason why I want to lean more on nanotechnology throughout the body, rapidly healing and protecting it from its environment, rather than outright amputating parts of their bodies and replacing them with robotic/cybernetic systems.
Something for starters: "Scientists Develop Nanoparticles That Will Heal Your Wounds", "Using Nanoparticles To Help Heal Microfractures In Bones". In other words, 2147 is extremely late for your 'nano-gel'. Also, there are medical nanobots already: "Scientists Made Nanorobots That Can Release Drugs in The Body Using Mind-Control"
As for that thing about female military personnel becoming pregnant, just ignore that bit, that was just over explaining the situation.
I will say the number of people that have it is closer to 200,000 people, but consider that the receptors and glands in their bodies go beyond simple genetic modification, at least as far as humans are concerned and natural evolution may not explain why they have what they have
Okay...but we can also create artificial glands now, and it can't be very hard to discover an entirely new gland and examine it to figure out its function, then replicate it with an artificial version that you can implant inside a normal person. Tampering with brain structure is harder, but I still feel like we should be able to at least make knockoff Enhanced with advanced neural laces.
You do imply heavily in the timeline that it is evolutionary, though I guess you don't out-and-out say that.
As for why they seem somewhat underwhelming, for one, I'm not trying to make a superhero ensemble like X-men or avengers. But, there is potential for it to go further than this.
I'm glad you're ignoring comic book science. I don't know why superheroes are even lumped with science fiction to begin with; they're squarely in the realm of fantasy except for maybe a few like Batman and Iron Man who have no powers of their own. But I digress.
The thing is, by this point in the future, science and technology will likely make us masters of the human body, allowing us to tweak it into almost anything we need it to be. If it's something a human body can do, then we'll either do it for ourselves, or at worst notice Enhanced people appearing, say 'huh, that's interesting', and reverse-engineer it in years or decades. If it's something a human body can't do, then, well, comic book science rears its ugly head.
The constructs that reside in the PRAXIS wield technology that could look like magic to us younger beings. As Arthur C. Clarke said, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
That reminds me, I did the math and assuming the PRAXIS creators have saturated the galaxy with their structures, there ought to be hundreds, perhaps thousands spread throughout the galaxy and statistically about half of them were made for species that are now extinct (four structures mentioned in the timeline, two were unearthed by their own species). Given that every PRAXIS uncovered has a new ultratech artifact for humanity, it would benefit society greatly to start a Manhattan Project scale endeavor to look for PRAXISes whose intended recipients have gone extinct.
Some final notes to consider: do the PRAXIS creators perhaps reside in the KIC 8462852 system? Does humanity ever go to that system to solve the mystery, and what do they find?
Does humanity ever have any project to build mega-scale computers? A moonbrain would be too advanced for humanity at this stage, but an asteroid brain should be within their capabilities in the later part of the timeline. Obviously they don't have to function as that site describes, there are other uses for such computers. For instance, millions of humans could upload into one, or it could be a "dumb" machine remarkable only for its great processing power and storage abilities.
Okay, welp I said this would short and instead I spent two hours writing it, thanks for the critiques, Jakob.
I know, right? I've nerd-sniped myself time and again with this project.