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New reader with a question about wormhole networks
(04-10-2016, 09:09 AM)somnolent Wrote: Sorry to triple post, but I'm also thinking about how to insert baseline-ish humans into such a setting. What do you think about:

Baseline humans are nearly extinct in the setting. Why would any significant number of them be living in an Old Core system that is also a major cosmopolitan center?

(04-10-2016, 09:09 AM)somnolent Wrote: 1) "Interact with 21st Century Humans" museum or theme park. Could be something wholesome and educational to drop the kids off at while you go gambling. Complete with "realistic Earth-village" habitat.

This could be done with bots or biobots - non-sophont machines, possibly made from flesh and blood. No need for baseline humans at all.

(04-10-2016, 09:09 AM)somnolent Wrote: 2) A fad begins among some class of transapients to raise small communities of humans, analogous to an ant-farm. The "caretaker" could visit or even live with the humans with some small part of its mind. It would be some sort of hobby or relaxation (would a higher-order mind relax?) for the advanced being.

In both of these situations the seeding humans would probably be created out of raw atoms, not "born". And they probably would have at least some hidden chip in the body somewhere to mark the humans as being in a contract with that particular entity, essentially a "property of X, do not damage" tag that higher organisms could identify.

Hrm. This scenario in particular starts to tap-dance close to slavery - which the sephirotics in general and the NoCoZo in particular generally disapprove of. Which means a higher level transapient will order them to cease and desist (which they will instantly do since there is absolutely no possibility of defiance or disobedience in any way, shape, or form when a higher S-level gives a direct order to a lower S-level), take the humans created away from them, and make the free sophonts of the Civilized Galaxy - and no, that the creating transapients 'own' them (or claim to) will mean nothing. They have no power to make a higher-S being do anything nor can they resist in any way.

It makes no difference how the beings in question are created - birth is a fairly meaningless concept given OA technology. Also, what's to stop these baseline humans from augmenting themselves just like any other sophont in the setting?

This starts to sound a bit contrived or reaching, really. Perhaps it would be better to put some thought into what near-baseline humans with 'standard' augmentations are like and work from there.


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RE: New reader with a question about wormhole networks - by Drashner1 - 04-10-2016, 11:41 AM

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