Technology Levels in Society

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Societies may be classified according to the highest technologies in common use, though of course every higher technology society contains elements of simpler technologies. While most of the Civilized Galaxy is based on High Tech, societies based on other tech levels — from the lowest primtech to the highest transapientech — can be found throughout the Terragen Sphere. Ever since the advent of the First Singularity, the design and control of the highest tech levels has been out of the hands of ordinary sapients and their organizations. For societies dependent on those technologies, the effects of this may be profound.

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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
modified by Stephen Inniss
Initially published on 10 March 2003.

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