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Technology Levels

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Technology used in the Terragen Sphere varies from simple stone age implements to miraculous-seeming "godtech" devices that are incomprehensible to ordinary sophonts. The type of tech used is determined by available resources and information, the choices of a society or of its transapient managers, and by the highest toposophic level of its members. A society and the level of the technologies it uses are profoundly related.

 
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  • Cryptotech  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Technology about which there is debate whether it really even exists.
  • Cryptotechnology  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The design of tech intended, deliberately or by accident, to be obscure.
  • Dumbo  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Dumbdowned tech; ultratech that has been modified so that even a baseline can use it.
  • Dumbtech  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generally, tech lacking any sort of inbuilt ai, aioid, or information-processing systems or micro- or nano- systems.
  • Progression of Technology in the Terragen Civilisation  - Text by Todd Drashner and Steve Bowers
    A short outline of the development of technology in the Orion Arm.
  • Tech Wranglers - Text by John B
    Independent traders usually of either su or SI:1 levels who have extensive information on various technologies, either through implants, links, slaved AI, and so on. Tech Wranglers travel the fringes, assisting (for a price) the natives in setting up higher level tech in a configuration useful to them. Note that this is often not the original purpose of the device! One Tech Wrangler had configured a disassembler swarm as a bandsaw equivalent!
  • Technology Timeline  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Some technological events and discoveries of importance.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss

Initially published on 14 July 2001.