The world has moved on, and with it, society has advanced at leaps and bounds. The constant race between impending war and scientific discovery finally elevated a winner, with science providing the answers people needed. War was all but abandoned on a large scale, but not because of any one particular discovery. Instead, the world of technology grew, and so with it grew those that used (and abused) that same new world. Governments upgraded infrastructure at a meteoric rate, while hackers, crackers, splicers and neuro-jacks continually evolved and eventually outstripped these upgrades making it dangerous to have certain technology even available. In a world where organs are replaced with near-instantaneous 3D printing, disease and sickness almost non-existent, and youth and longevity being the norm, life has become rather comfortable… if you’re rich enough to afford it. With enough money (or risk), you hardly have to be human anymore.
Last year in 2281, the World Council held a meeting to pass two important laws that were meant to help combat the impending changes seen already on the distant horizon; the potential for those integrating technology in the private sector to take over world governments at large. First, all weapons capable of large-scale destruction were required to be dismantled and their parts eliminated in all countries. Second, any person pursuing or possessing personally integrated technological advancement without strict oversight from their governmental body would be flagged for immediate termination across all countries.
Both rulings were met with general enthusiasm. As a person with more advanced tech now integrated into your daily life, you may now be a criminal. If not, you’re even worse - a governmental asset and informer. And of course whatever jobs you had the potential of working on have suddenly closed up for fear of being deemed illegal
Your next payday is coming from someone that doesn’t sound like he’s going to provide an above-board request, but beggars can’t be choosers. You need the money to stay a step ahead and keep the government off your back. Welcome to The Grid, a technology corridor spanning from New Milwaukee to the river city of Chicago.
Hosted and narrated by:
Mike Surma (mykal)
Scenes played: 5
License: Community License