The steady march of human progress is one of our greatest strengths and Rainwater is committed to furthering the field of science in a myriad of practical applications. Enclosed are important technologies to both our corporation and the world at large.
- Cybernetic Prostheses
Cybernetic Prostheses, also known as Neuroprotheses, are a type of prosthetic, designed to replace irreparable, amputated or non-functioning human body parts. Neuroprotheses utilize synthetic neurons and tactile sensors to allow for these devices to perform on par and even beyond the capabilities of their organic counterparts. Neuroprotheses exist for nearly every part of the human body. The most common types seen in everyday life are limb replacements, neural augmentations or ocular enhancements.
Arcology, a portmanteau of “ecological” and “architecture”, refers to architectural designs and theories for the housing of dense populations in the most efficient amount of space. Acrological structures are relatively self-contained, allowing for residential, commercial and agricultural facilities. The quality of life in such structures can vary, from the utopian-like corporate arcologies to the slums of many Pacific Rim structures.
- Neural Interlacing System
- The Neural Interlacing System is an advanced type of brain-computer interface, and allows a brain to communicate directly with digital systems. The firing of neurons of the brain are converted into digital information and vice versa, essentially allowing for a user to completely immerse themselves into digital sensory input. This process is similar to the artificial neuronal sensations of cybernetic prostheses but allows for one to experience total artificial synesthesia. The NIS has found the greatest popularity among hackers, called Netrunners, who use it to effortlessly immerse themselves into the internet.
- The Darknet
The Darknet is an overlay network of the internet, which emphasizes anonymity and security for users. Unlike the basic internet used by the public, the Darknet can only be accessed by special,heavily encrypted software, typically run on NIS. As such, the Darknet is a haven for Netrunners, hacking groups and whistleblowers. Consequently, Darknet use is illegal in most developed nations, though its userbase remains incredibly high.
- LOTUS Chips
LOTUS chips, also known as “Paradise Sims” or “Better-than-life Chips” Are NIS chipsets that contain both virtual reality environments and that directly stimulate multiple areas of the brain. The purpose of such chips is to create a pre-programmed fantasy, typically of scenarios or locations that could never be achieved in real life. These chips are highly addictive, as the less fortunate or emotionally taxed develop deep, emotional dependence on the sims. Sadly, extensive use of LOTUS can lead to Cyberpsychosis-like symptoms, indicating a link between this dependence and a physiological disconnect with the real world and, eventually, one’s own mind.
- Narrow Virtual Intelligence
- Narrow Virtual Intelligence or NVI refers to systems of logic, understanding, planning and problem solving in an artificial medium. Specifically, this refers to a robot’s ability to autonomously or semi-autonomously respond to its environment, adapt to a given situation and anticipate future actions. NVI, unlike fictional concepts of AI, is not self-aware and lacks the ability to change itself in any significant manner. All unmanned combat drones house NVI systems. NVI has been under scrutiny for the past two decades due to ICARUS Initiative and the public fear of AI. For now, it remains in a philosophical grey zone.
- System Identification Number
- A System Identification Number (SIN), is a governmental record system that tracks citizens of most developed nations. The SIN essentially is part birth certificate, criminal record, credit record and passport. Due to the near all-encompassing nature of SIN records, it is notoriously hard to completely delete oneself from the system and go completely “SINless”. However, it is easier to create fake burner SINs, allowing for a certain degree of anonymity, albeit for a short amount of time.
An unmanned autonomous robot, housing an NVI, allowing for near animal-like intelligence. By the 2040s, drones are widespread across developed and developing nations, used by governments, corporations and the public from tasks ranging from law enforcement to pet-like companionship.
- A Fragment is a digital collection of neuronal inputs related to a set of ideas or thematically-consistent concept. These inputs are the result of prolonged NIS use. Using NIS for extended periods of time can create digital information, likened to optical afterimages. This cohesion of such digital information can give rise to Fragments that are essentially the embodiment of the information. While Fragments lack any sense of self, they can display startling amounts of autonomy and even animal-like behaviors. So far, study on this phenomena is small.
- Combat Exoskeleton
- Combat exoskeletons, also known as Linear Frames or Hardsuits, are wearable mobile machines that can greatly amplify the user’s strength, reflexes, reaction time and survivability. Exoskeletons come in a variety of forms, from small, concealable frames to armor-encased mobile weapons platforms.
- Adaptive Camouflage
- Adaptive Camouflage is a camouflage that can quickly adapt to the surrounding environment. This can be achieved through the use of retroreflective nanobeads, which when coupled with a computer, can quickly change color and texture, blending the item into the local environment. Adaptive Camouflage is used by many corporate special forces and dissident movements with rich patrons.
- Active Camouflage
- Active Camouflage is a type of camouflage that utilizes phased-array optics along with computational holographic nanopanels to produce a 3D hologram of the background scenery of an environment. The effect is likened to the classic “cloaking device” concept and remains in the early stages of production for now.