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jacross
03-17-2004, 05:59 PM
Josh Cross has entered the Machineflesh 3D Challenge.

jacross
03-23-2004, 01:00 AM
Ok, here's my story... obviously I'm not a writer, so please bear with me :)

It's been 150 years since the environmental wars of the early 21st century. During the environmental wars the two remaining superpowers, China and the EU fought globally to secure the last remaining resources for their countries. Every resource imaginable was in short supply from fuel to usable farm land. Billions died not only from the fighting, but also from starvation. The resources that were won through battle typically were just enough to keep the military machine running to fight another battle.

Scientists during this time estimated that the entire human race would die off within 50 years. In an effort to ensure human survival a nanite swarm was designed that when injected into a person could modify their dna and build mechanical devices such as bionics to meet environmental challenges. Each nanite also included the processing and memory capacity of the largest supercomputers during the early 21st centry, and they could all be harnest to provide computational and memory enhancement to the human brain.

During the first successful nanite insertion into a human the nanites began to learn at an exponential rate. To maintain this level of speed and growth, and to ensure the survival of the host, the nanites determined that the human nervous system was too slow, thusly they converted each neuron one by one into an organic optical fibre. With transmission speed literally the speed of light, human responses and reflexes became almost precognitive. To generate the light to be used in the newly created organic optical fibre the nanites incorporated the dna structure of a phosphorescent fish.

To provide electrical power for what would become known as secondary modifications the nanites incorporated highly efficient sterling turnbine engines to turn miniature generators located in the upper back. The stirling engines utilized a closed loop gas system that ran off the thermal differential of the heat produced by the human body. These modifications to the human structure became the basis of every human to be born from that point on. When a woman was pregnant, the nanites replicated themselves and installed themselves into the developing fetus. All other modifications were genetically inherited.

Due to the complete collapse of human civilization the nanites designed a family "pack" social structure similar to wolves. Each person in the family was linked with everyone else in their family through wireless connections. When a child was born into the family, the child would always remain part of that family.

As a result of the family "pack" social structue, the nanites in addition to the base set of modifications would implement changes to human design for specific tasks. These would be called secondary modifications. Most of these secondary design modifications could be categorized to create humans specialized in hunting, security, gathering, building and scouting. For example, a scout may have secondary modifications such as robotic eyes that were mounted so they could rotate independantly at 180deg. to view all of their surroundings much like a lizard. They may also travel on four legs to improve their speed. A builder design may incorporate a welding/cutting apparatus as well as pneumatic muscle enhancements to lift heavy objects.

All secondary modifications were considered non-permenant since a persons role could change due to either a death, or a birth into the family "pack". A scout could become a builder, or a gatherer could morph into a hunter. There was no limit to the secondary modifications that could be carried out and changed.

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