Far Beyond the Reach of Earth
Glossary and Terms
n 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.”
n 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
n AR: Augmented Reality. Informatiofrom the mesh (universal data
network) that is overlaid on your real-world senses. AR data is
usually entoptic (visual), but caalso be audio, tactile, olfactory,
kinesthetic (body awareness), emotional, and other senses.
n Bots: Robots.
n Brinkers: Exiles who live on the fringes of the system, as well as
other isolated and well-hidden nooks and crannies. AKA isolates,
n Cornucopia Machine: A nanofabricator.
n Cortical Stack: An implanted memory cell used for ego backup.
Located where the spine meets the skull; can be cut out.
Darkcasting: Ranged comms that go outside of legal and approved channels. They use the same tech as other egocasts & farcasts.
n Ecto: Personal mesh devices that are flexible, stretchable,
self-cleaning, translucent, and solar-powered. From ecto-link
n Ego: The part of you that switches from body to body. AKA ghost,
soul, essence, spirit, persona.
n Ego-casting: Term for sending egos via farcasting.
n Entoptics: Augmented-reality images that you “see” in your
head. (“Entoptic” means “within the eye.”)
n Factors: The alien ambassadorial race that deals with transhumanity.
n The Fall: The apocalypse; the singularity and wars that nearly
brought about the downfall of transhumanity.
n Farcasting: Interstellar communication via classical comm tech (radio, laser, etc) & quantumn teleportation. Operates at the speed of light. For faster communication, seek out quantumn entangled comms, although they quickly use up rare qubits.
n Firewall: The secret conspiracy that works to protect transhumanity
from “existential threats” (risks to transhumanity’s
continued existence, or X-Risks).
n Flats: Baseline humans (not genetically modified). AKA norms.
n FTL: Faster-Than-Light.
n Gate Crashers: Explorers who take their chances using a
Pandora Gate to go somewhere previously unexplored.
n Iktomi: The name given to the mysterious alien race whose relics
have been found beyond the Pandora gates.
n Infomorph: A digitized ego; a virtual body. AKA datamorphs,
n Infugee: “Infomorph refugee,” or someone who left everything
behind on Earth during the Fall—even their own body.
n Isolates: Those who live in isolated communities far outside the
system (in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud); AKA outsters, fringers.
n Lost Generation: In an effort to repopulate post-Fall, a generation
of children were reared using forced-growth methods. The
results were disastrous: many died or went insane, and the rest
n Mercurials: The non-human sentient elements of the transhuman
“family,” including AIs and uplifted animals.
n Mesh: The omnipresent wireless mesh data network. Also used
as a verb (to mesh) and adjective (meshed or unmeshed).
n Morph: A physical body. AKA suit, jacket, sleeve, form.
n Muse: Personal AI helper programs.
n Neo-Avians: Uplifted ravens and gray parrots.
n Neo-Hominids: Uplifted chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
n Pandora Gates: The wormhole gateways left behind by the TITANs.
n Pods: Mixed biological-synthetic morphs. Pod clones are forcegrown
and feature computer brains. AKA bio-bots, skinjobs,
replicants. From “pod people.”
n Reclaimers: A transhuman faction that seeks to lift the interdiction
and reclaim Earth.
n Reinstantiated: Refugees from Earth who escaped only as bodiless
infomorphs but have since been resleeved.
n Resleeving: Changing bodies. AKA morphing, reincarnation,
n Seed AI: An AGI that is capable of recursive self-improvement,
allowing it to reach god-like levels of intelligence.
n Shell: A synthetic physical morph. AKA synthmorph.
n Singularity: A point of rapid, exponential, and recursive technological
progress, beyond which the future becomes impossible
to predict. Often used to refer to the ascension of seed AIs to
god-like levels of intelligence.
n Skin: A biological physical morph. AKA meat, flesh.
n Splicers: Genetically modified to eliminate genetic diseases and
some other traits. AKA genefixed, cleangenes, tweaks.
n Synthmorph: Synthetic morph. A robotic shell possesseds by a
n TITANs: The human-created, recursively improving military AGIs
that underwent a singularity and prompted the Fall. Original
military designation was TITAN: Total Information Tactical
n Transhuman: An extensively modified human.
n Uplifting: Genetically transforming an animal species to sapience.
n VPN: Virtual Private Networks tunnelled through the mesh, they create privacy and security for a specific group of users, often using ego authentication and public key encryption for verification.
n Xenomorph: Alien life form.
n XP: Experiencing someone else’s sensory input (in real-time or
recorded). AKA experia, sim, simsense, playback.
n X-Risk: Existential risk. Something that threatens the very
existence of transhumanity.
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