By: Nicolas Weidinger
After years of deliberation, the Asimov Convention was forced into action. A rogue cloud of nanoots known as Utility Fog had started to rapidly alter the stratosphere in a dangerous way. The only fix that would have an immediate effect on the quickly advancing Fog is a similar State issued Fog that only existed in laboratories at the moment. With this fog, the State and it’s citizens could do almost anything: monitor and stabilize a person’s glucose levels, heart rate, brain activity, and even the complicated colony of micro organisms that lives in every human being. State Fog could defend against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks. And if a technician whispered the words, State Fog could stabilize the global environment that was now rapidly spiraling out of control. For years, State Fog was locked down, as thousands continued to die from cancer, as millions died every day, ravaged by war and famine, as the environment slowly spiraled out of control.
When State Fog was discovered, an international regulatory committee was brought together in what is known as the Asimov Convention, named after Asimov’s three laws of robotics. The three laws were unanimously agreed upon, however the reality of what constituted “injury to another human being” had become tremendously complicated in our globally connected world. But the Rogue Fog has forced the council’s hand. Scientists determined that the outer stratosphere would degrade in only a matter of weeks, causing total global collapse. The Council was forced to make those hard decisions about what “injury” meant in the 21st century, and on this day the day the world changed forever.
MIT 4D printing
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Digital files stored and retrieved using DNA
Biological models used for nano-scale communication
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As digital fabrication came online, even the corporation’s physical objects could be easily copied. But they still couldn’t find a good way to lock their commodities into the consumer retail space. Voters forced legislation that prevented total lockdown of content, the constitution prevented ubiquitous censorship and surveillance. The only thing that corporations could do, was make to try and make more technology faster, and to try novel marketing techniques. Production cycles dropped form years to months to weeks to hours. The day after a new phone launched, fab shops would freely hand out identical copies all over the pre-post industrial world. The only thing that kept corporations afloat were the diehard loyalists that based their identity — their entire lives off of the brands they consumed.