Technology

Earth has the highest TL among humanity. Most other space-faring races exceed human technology by a fair margin.

The following technology info pertains to humanity. Assume that most alien races are at least this advanced.

  • Transportation
    • FTL is available via two means
      • First is the D-Drive which is used for the majority of travel. As most people understand it to work, the ship drops into another dimension where the ship is able to move faster, moving back into realspace once the ship has arrived at its destination. While faster than light-speed, there is a still faster way to travel.
      • The second is via the Gates.
  • Power
    • Most common method of power generation is Fusion. There is anti-mater available, but due to the difficulty and cost associated with its production, it generally finds itself limited to special application.
  • Weapons
    • Guns still rule the day although man portable laser weapons are starting to become available. A gun will leave a bigger hole, and will be cheaper.
    • Lasers will usually have better range (depending on atmospheric conditions) and will be more accurate. Lasers also tend to be more prone to malfunction given their “bleeding edge” tech status.
  • Armor
    • As humanity has developed better ways to end one another, the art of defense has always rushed to catch up. As it stands now, it’s generally fairly easy to put holes in people. The lighter armors will stop most light arms and glancing blows from slightly larger stuff, but the best defense is still to not be there.
  • Biotech/Medicine
    • Advanced biotech has been theorized for centuries. However, research into many avenues of this field have been stymied by fear and misunderstanding. Cloning is still limited to animals (when it’s allowed at all). And genetic modifications, while theoretically within Humanity’s grasp, also suffers from a social stigma which limits funding for research into advanced areas.
    • Cybernetics limb replacements are available, and many of them outperform the originals.
  • Computers/Robotics
    • Computers are small, portable, and powerful. True artificial intelligence has not been discovered. Research into this area has been hampered in much the same way as cloning and genetics. Still, mankind makes use of “expert systems” and “non-volitional” AIs (NVAI). These are advanced programs that allow for more natural interactions with computers.
      • Expert systems are basically tools. They are unable to learn, but are extremely capable programs for whatever task they have been written for.
      • NVAIs are extremely rare, and would appear as an AI to most. They can understand and converse in regular speech, and are capable of learning. However, much like any other program, they’re only capable of doing what they’re told. This still hasn’t stopped them from being tightly controlled in most of Human space.
      • Think of the “computer” from Star Trek TNG and you’ll be in the right ballpark.
    • Robots are still primarily the tools of industry and the military. And especially in the military, most robots are controlled remotely by a human. Since human form robots make most people uneasy, robots are used rarely in the private sector (except as advanced toys).

Technology

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