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at | y} Pete ry acre a it —_—— > cS . rr a. 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 > > > FILE DUMP < < < FILE DIRECTORY INTRODUCTION: TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEw CENTURY WEAPONS: COMPUTERS INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGIES MEDICINE BIogTECHNOLOGY VEHICLES THIS INFORMATION IS PROPERTY OF THE EQNTRINITY. PLACE YOUR PALM ON THE VIEWPLATE FOR AUTHORIZATION SCAN BEFORE CONTINUING. UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS OF THESE FILES IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. > > > FILE DUMP < < < TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEW CENTURY It’s the 22nd century and humanity has more and better technology now than its ever had in its long, tumultuous history. Indeed, history has shown that our greatest scientific advancements have occurred as a result of temible strife. War has always been at the core of this ingenuity, from the invention of armor to gunpowder to aircraft to nuclear arms to spacecraft. ‘What greater hardship could the human race have suffered than the Aberrant War —a fight for ur very survival against genocidal abominations? If anything good came from the war, it was the inspiration to advance our technologies — weapons, communications, transportation, medicine — beyond imagination. And all this despite the monstrous crimes committed against prosperity and ivilization as a whole. ‘The creations and inventions that helped us win the Aberrant War also helped us survive its aftermath. Efforts to rebuild a charmed world demanded new scientific endeavors — hyper-fusion that allowed colonization of otherwise uninhabitable regions, medicines to treat those afflicted by the Aberrant’ taint, and new ships that could take us to distant stars. One could even venture to say that without the Aberrant War, our aggressive exploration and colonization of space would never have occurred — the required technologies may never have been developed or even conceived. Our need to survive demanded the best from us. But now it's the 22nd century. The first Aberrant War is history. The technological accomplish- ments that resulted from it are now taken for granted. We count on computer systems to be isolated and protected for their own — and our — good. We expect the discovery of new elements such as olaminium to facilitate our extraterrestrial existence. We need machines to translate our words so that we can communicate instantly with other cultures across the world. Survivors of the Aberrant War still tell stories of atrocities, but they have become folk tales. Yet Whether they know it or not, even today’s young live the legacy of the war, through the devices and inventions they rely on every day. We stand in the shadow of the Aberrant War and today’s tech- nologies are testament to that fact. ‘The Aberrants have returned, though, and humanity has responded, Strife inspires us to reach for greater technological heights once again. Science is now capable of altering human evolution itself, of unleashing the powers of the mind and body. Furthermore, today’s science no longer recognizes only gears and microchips, physics and electromagnetics, but the ebb and flow of univer- sal forces that bind all things. The results of this new era are psionic energy and biotech (technology created from life itse!f It’s only natural, then, that the next step in human evolution should wield our newest creations. Psions are the champions of our biotech achievements. Their understanding and control of psionic energies allow them to expand the boundaries of both science and nature. Psions and biotech were created to defeat the Aberrants again. Once this strife, too, has been transcended, the Gifted and their biotechnology could lead us anywhere. Psions and inventions will take us back to the frontiers of known space. Biotechnology may become a tool available to all humans — psion or neutral. Living technology could even take us beyond our own dimension to unimaginable realms. Only time will tell. It always does. William Renton Director, Proteus Division Aon Trinity Hope = Sacrifice * Unity