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Old 11-23-2013, 02:48 AM   #3
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History - From the 21st to the 23rd Century
21st Century
In the early 21st century, the Information Revolution which had begun in the end of the 20th century, began to have a far-reaching impact on society. Since anyone's voice could be heard and evidence spread worldwide, tyrannical regimes were toppled, and governments and corporations became increasingly regulated by common people.

The capability for anyone and everyone to record and spread anything made crime and corruption almost impossible to go undetected. As a result, both freedom and security improved dramatically.

Personal computers disappeared and were replaced by cloud computing as disposable internet-connected smart-technology became integrated with everyday life, allowing everyone access to high computing power without having to pay for any centralized hardware.

Although corporations grew and became more powerful, they found themselves competing with a crowdfunded market, and this in turn quickened the abandonment of mass production in favor of mass customization.

The evolution of artificial intelligence and the desire for profit led several corporations to develop expert systems to advice, or in some cases, to run the companies. Meanwhile, a growing fraction of modern militaries began to consist of remote-controlled and artificially intelligent robots.

Advanced probes sent to Europa and Titan discovered microbial extremeophile life, proving that life is common in the universe and will arise whenever possible.

In most western as well as many Asian nations, population growth stabilized, while in other regions, most notably Africa, the population continued to grow. Eventually, Africa housed a larger population than any other continent, leading it to became the largest consumer in the global economy. As a result, foreign investors and international corporations seeking bigger profits in an expanding market began to fuel the growing economy, facilitating the rise of several African nations as the chief economies on Earth.

The creation of fusion power plants enabled vertical farming to become commercially successful. So much so, that they quickly out-competed traditional farms, eventually forcing farmers to sell off their lands and move into the growing cities, and thus radically increasing urbanization. By the end of the century, humans no longer practiced agriculture, in their place were highly efficient vertical farms run by AIs and robots.

Medical treatments such as regenerative medicine, in vitro grown organ and tissue transplantation, and cell therapy became routine, enabling the average lifespan to grow longer. Meanwhile, somatic and germ-line gene therapy helped eradicate many forms of genetic disease, including some forms of cancer.

By the late 21st century, routine medical procedures became so good at cellular and molecular repair that they actually healed the physiological deterioration caused by aging, meaning that no one with access to modern medicine could grow old. This had radical consequences on society, not only did the population skyrocket, but it resulted in an "age gap", with the old and powerful on one side and the young and disposable on the other.

Countless young people were denied employment by the vastly more experienced elder folk, and as a result turned to entertainment and hedonistic pursuits to escape reality.

Another product of medical technology was in vitro grown meat, or fauxflesh as it would come to be known, which eventually became commercially available and made the slaughtering of animals for food socially unacceptable.

The development of technological and biological augmentation fueled the morphological freedom movement which seemed to have appeared during the Information Revolution. As the idea of morphological freedom spread, augmentations became more commonplace. However, radical modifications were still not socially acceptable and all genetic alterations which deviated from baseline human DNA by more than 2% were prohibited by international laws.

While weak AI systems became better and cheaper and were implemented on virtually all repetitive tasks, strong AIs - machines that could think like people - didn't appear until the late 21st century. Eventually, even sapient machines became cheap and commonplace.

The combination of strong AI and nanotechnology allowed for a revolution in the fields of medicine, genetic engineering, and artificial life.

Total VR emerged, but despite the prediction of video games, television, and movies becoming obsolete, the three older mediums remained strong despite their drop in popularity.

The Arctic became completely ice-free all year round during midcentury, and as a result of the melting ice shelves, sea levels had risen by 1.4 meters by the end of the 21st century. As a result, the flow of ocean and air currents were altered around the planet, leading global weather to become much more severe.

Due to climate change, lower Manhattan, the Nile Delta, Mekong Delta, Yangtze Delta, Yellow River Delta, and the majority of Bangladesh became permanently flooded, Mexico's west coast, the east coast of the US, the Caribbean, Madagascar, Australia's north-western and north-eastern coasts, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China's east coast, Japan, and the majority of Korea became ravaged by frequent hurricanes to the point where the economies in those areas collapsed, while several parts of the world became increasingly more arid. Not only that, but many smaller islands, especially those of the Caribbean and the Pacific, became completely submerged. This all led to millions of people being forced to either become climate refugees or turn to crime or war to survive.

Terrorism and crime not only became more common world-wide, but their intensity increased as nuclear and biological weapons became easier to manufacture. This led to the extinction of several species of flora and fauna, as well as the introduction (either accidental or intentional) of new species.

Climate change, war, the evolving economy, the clash of ideologies, as well as the age gap, lead to the increasing support for space colonization.

22nd Century
By the early 22nd century, several government, corporate, and crowdfunded colonies had been established on Luna and Mars, while sleeper ships had been sent to colonize distant exoplanets.

Medical technology improved to the point where common medical procedures involved cellular and molecular repair, resulting in universal immortality.

Revolutions in the fields of genetic engineering and artificial life gave way to the exotic pet boom, as several corporations began to offer affordable, customizable pets.

Radical genetic engineering and cybernetic augmentation became more acceptable, as did bioroids, leading humanity to diverge into several species, uplift numerous animal species, as well as to create countless new daughter species. The term "Terran" was adopted to refer to all sapient species of Earth descent.

As technology, especially AI, developed, humans deferred any task which was viewed as dangerous, demeaning, or boring, to machines. This lead humanity to create strong AIs to do more sophisticated tasks.

AI robots and bioroids designed specifically for war came to make up the entirety of the fighting force of the military, while the concept of soldiers became viewed as barbaric and an unethical endangerment of life.

AI was not very popular in service occupations where human interaction was required, so bioroids were created to perform many of these functions instead. These bioroids were designed to enjoy their work and be content with their place in life, which unfortunately led them to not be considered as people by most.

Inexpensive AI coupled with the popularity of neural implants led reading and writing to become increasingly obsolete as information could be obtained faster through speech, the exchange of sensory recordings, and by downloading knowledge into neural interfaces. Eventually, reading and writing was only practiced by a few obscure subcultures.

Industry changed as nanotechnology enabled products to be grown rather than built. Super-strong composite materials become much cheaper, while portable power cells grow more powerful, and nuclear fusion reactors grow smaller.

The infrastructure of Earth developed to the point where only AIs could support them, and as the vast majority of Terrans grew increasingly complacent, they slowly turned over all governance to the AIs.

At the end of the 22nd century, the governments of Earth, Luna and Mars had been completely overturned to AIs and bioroids, and in an effort to make governing more efficient, all states were merged and made into one: the Solar Republic.

Meanwhile, some of the sleeper ships which had been sent at the turn of the 22nd century finally arrived to their destinations and began colonization. The colonists encountered complex life on the virgin planets, thus proving that extraterrestrial life will evolve into complex forms when environmental conditions allow for it.

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