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Here are a listing of several major technologies in use today.
2.0 serves the function of the internet combined with many private networks in our world today. The main difference is that a large chunk of its data is better accessed through augmented reality, or total immersion into the virtual reality it can create for those with neural connections. Wireless neural ports exist as well, but the use of them is dangerous as being dumped in certain situations can result in brain damage or even death. Telephones, television broadcast, etc, has all been unified into 2.0 channels. Sensies and VR dreamgames have become popular forms of media in 2.0. Virtually all forms of public and many private communications and media distributions occurs through 2.0.
The entire planet is serviced by a low-speed wireless connection provided by a network of geosynchronous low orbit satellites. Additionally, mulch-wavelength fiber-optic lines are installed alongside electrical circuits in all but the most basic of constructions, connecting directly regional peer carriers that then interconnect to give global access. Each device has a unique identifier when connecting legally, but advances in technology have made it possible to falsify this identifier – usually by cloning another arbitrarily.
Cybernetics have progressed significantly since “wooden peg leg” of old, and even the prosthetic replacement limbs from before. Nerve mapping has improved drastically, allowing wearers to quickly adapt to new prosthetics. Neural mapping has improved greatly as well, allowing devices with direct brain interface to even perform motions that the human body couldn’t naturally. Many advanced users opt to install external neural interfaces as well, that can connected via optical or wireless to the 2.0 – though for security reasons, most choose not to use the wireless connection.
Because of the possibility of software ‘infections’ and attacks, brain security became a hot topic. Eventually standards were introduced to the manufacturing of neural implants that prevents software changes from being applied to the software of the interface itself except through specialized cyber-surgeons. Of course, there are ways around this but it requires physical tampering of the device, preventing viruses from rewriting your neural interface software. Note, however, that this doesn’t protect any other software you may have installed on your person if you have a computer implanted or a 2.0 connected augment.
As wireless interfaces became commonplace in the late 2000’s a clear need arose to establish common information standards to ease the interconnect-ability of these devices. As a result protocols have been largely standardized so most earth manufactured equipment is able to use other devices in most ways that make sense. All devices that a person carries link to their PAN. These encrypted networks allow anything that has been configured to speak to other devices in the network.
All government issue IDs now carry an radio frequency broadcast. It’s an encrypted broadcast that the police have access to allowing them to identify anybody in range and view all their government registered data (everything from height/weight/eye color to certain tax information and occupation, etc). It is illegal to be in public without carrying this RFID on you. This is true for aliens too who must keep their passports on them in the same manner. While intended only for police use, its basically treated as a low LC equipment acess (the software to access and decrypt it) – and everybody knows even the most secure systems can be hacked.
Each RFID carries a private encryption key as well, which can be shared with other individuals if they chose.
The RFID broadcast has ~100 meters range depending on conditions, does not require LOS (though LOS breakages reduce range)
Fossil fuels are nearly completely depleted. Hydrogen fuel cell power plants are replacing them,using renewable energy sources such as solar power to electrolyze water into hydrogen. Solar power stations in orbit beam microwave energy down to the planet. Giant fission reactor installations may be in common use as well.
Terraforming of Mars has recently begun – currently teams are drilling towards the core of the planet, with the goal to set off nuclear weapons to kick-start mars’s molten core so that they can melt the ice caps and rebuild an atmosphere. Water will be imported from Ceres.
A Space Elevator exists at the north pole. It leads to a space station where orbital colonization has begun. Currently 2-3 million people live in “Orbital City”. It is considered a sovereign state but as it was funded by several tier 1 corps, in reality these corps control the city with a puppet government. Population is steadily increasing as modules are added.