Introduction to Technology
Technology within Ethnis is quantified by several technological quantifiers.
Meta PropertyObjects or technologies may have additional metaphysical properties; they will either be Mundane, Imbued, or an Affinity.
- Mundane objects have no metaphysical properties.
- Enchanted objects have metaphysical properties coded into them.
- Affinity objects have a soul and may have Focus or Monolithic properties. As with Monoliths, Affinities have multiple ranks of strength.
PotentialThe possible outcome(s) of the technology, as well as what merits the rating and the projected odds of the outcome(s) coming to fruition. Potential is plotted on a Scope/Intensity Grid inspired by the work of Nick Bostrom, expanded out to modern timeline and scale.
ScopeScope is determined based off of how many Sophont may be affected. During assessment, the Scope is written based on whether the risk is Direct or Vectored. If it's a Direct Influence then a quantifying adjective (such as personal, local, etc) will be used to describe it, otherwise its Scope will be measured in Interspheric Degrees. An Intersperic Degree is everyone within relevant social interaction of the Origin, such as friends, family, coworkers, and frequent acquaintances.
The notation for Interspheric Degrees is OXI, where X is the variable for the number of degrees and O represents the Origin. Personal Influence, a single person, the Origin of O0I
Local Influence of ~500; anyone within O1I
Regional Influence of ~25'000; anyone within O2I
Global Influence of ~500 mil; anyone within O3I
Galactic Influence of billions; anyone within O4I
Cosmic Influence of all life; anyone within O5I Influence is quantified as Direct or Vectored.
IntensityThe intensity of a threat is determined by how negatively it affects those influenced by it. A threat may be global in Scope but more just inconvenient than problematic.
Nuclear Armaments present a Direct Regional Terminal Potential from the original explosion with Global Endurable risk from the resultant fallout.
A recent Hologram Contact Lenses fad presents a Vectored Global Imperceptible potential as the fashion spreads from group to group.
The Tech Clades are the three distinct branches of technological advancement within Ethnis. Each has its own unique properties, materials, mechanics, and considerations. The three Clades are Orga, Mecha, and Meta. Orga is short for Organic, and encompasses all living technology such as bioweapons, artificial viruses, and orga armor. Mecha is short for mechanical, and encompasses all computer and mechanical technology. Meta is short for metaphysical, and encompasses all meta-powered and imbued objects such as enchanted weapons.