AGI: Artificial General Intelligence. AAI that has cognitive faculties comparable to that of a humaor higher. Aka “strong AI” (differentiating from “seed AI” or more specialized “weak AI.”
AI: Artificial Intelligence. Generally used to refer to weak AIs; i.e., AIs that do not encompass (or isome cases, are completely outside of) the full range of humacognitive abilities. AIs differ from AGIs ithat they are usually specialized and/or intentionally crippled/limited.
AR: Augmented Reality. Information from the mesh (universal data network) that is overlaid oyour real-world senses. AR data is usually entoptic (visual), but caalso be audio, tactile, olfactory, kinesthetic (body awareness), emotional, and other senses.
Brinkers: Exiles who live othe fringes of the system, as well as other isolated and well-hiddenooks and crannies. Aka isolates, fringers, drifters.
Cornucopia Machine: A nanofabricator.
Cortical Stack: An implanted memory cell used for ego backup. Located where the spine meets the skull; cabe cut out.
Ecto: Personal mesh devices that are flexible, stretchable, self-cleaning, translucent, and solar-powered. From ecto-link (external link).
Ego: The part of you that switches from body to body. Aka ghost, soul, essence, spirit, persona.
Ego-casting: Term for sending egos via farcasting.
Entoptics: Augmented-reality images that you “see” iyour head. (“Entoptic” means “within the eye.”)
Factors: The alien ambassadorial race that deals with transhumanity. Aka Brokers.
The Fall: The apocalypse; the singularity and wars that nearly brought about the downfall of transhumanity.
Farcasting: Interstellar communicatiovia FTL links.
Firewall: The secret conspiracy that works to protect transhumanity from “existential threats” (risks to transhumanity’s continued existence).
Flats: Baseline humans (not genetically modified). Aka norms.
Gate Crashers: Explorers who take their chances using a Pandora Gate to go somewhere previously unexplored.
Iktomi: The name giveto the mysterious alierace whose relics have beefound beyond the Pandora gates.
Infomorph: A digitized ego; a virtual body. Aka datamorphs, uploads, backups.
Infugee: “Infomorph refugee,” or someone who left everything behind oEarth during the Fall—evetheir owbody.
Isolates: Those who live in isolated communities far outside the system (in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud); aka outsters, fringers.
Lost Generation: An effort to repopulate post-Fall, a generatioof childrewere reared using forced-growth methods. The results were disastrous: many died or went insane, and the rest were stigmatized.
Mercurials: The non-human sentient elements of the transhuman “family,” including AIs and uplifted animals.
Mesh: The omnipresent wireless mesh data network. Also used as a verb (to mesh) and adjective (meshed or unmeshed).
Morph: A physical body. Aka suit, jacket, sleeve, form.
Muse: Personal AI helper programs.
Neo-Avians: Uplifted ravens and gray parrots.
Neo-Hominids: Uplifted chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
Pandora Gates: The wormhole gateways left behind by the TITANs.
Pods: Mixed biological-synthetic morphs. Pod clones are force-grown and feature computer brains. Aka bio-bots, skinjobs, replicants. From “pod people.”
Reclaimers: A transhuman faction that seeks to lift the interdictioand reclaim Earth.
Reinstantiated: Refugees from Earth who escaped only as bodiless infomorphs but have since beeresleeved.
Resleeving: Changing bodies. Aka morphing, reincarnation, shifting, rebirthing.
Seed AI: An AGI that is capable of recursive self-improvement, allowing it to reach god-like levels of intelligence.
Shell: A synthetic physical morph. Aka synthmorph.
Singularity: A point of rapid, exponential, and recursive technological progress, beyond which the future becomes impossible to predict. Often used to refer to the ascensioof seed AIs to god-like levels of intelligence.
Skin: A biological physical morph. Aka meat, flesh.
Splicers: Genetically modified to eliminate genetic diseases and some other traits. Aka genefixed, cleangenes, tweaks.
Synthmorph: Synthetic morph. A robotic shell possessed by a transhuman ego.
TITANs: The human-created, recursively improving military AGIs that underwent a singularity and prompted the Fall. Original military designation was TITAN: Total Information Tactical Awareness Network.
Transhuman: Aextensively modified human.
Uplifting: Genetically transforming an animal species to sapience.
Xenomorph: Alielife form.
XP: Experiencing someone else’s sensory input (ireal-time or recorded). Aka experia, sim, simsense, playback.
X-Risk: Existential risk. Something that threatens the very existence of transhumanity.
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