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=COMPUTATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES=
 

In the 33rd century, computational technologies have far advanced to allow the residents of the galaxy to utilized highly advanced forms of data storage, high-speed processing, and even completely replicating basic instinctual intelligence or sapience. Metaphysical debates aside, the advancement of computational technologies have propelled other technologies forward with innovations in computing.
 

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=ENGINEERED INTELLIGENCE=

Playing god has been a prime pastime of advanced civilizations, and one of the most debatable topics present is that of artificial intelligence. For better or for worse, the emergence of advanced artificial intelligences have allowed for replications of sapient life perhaps even more intelligent than we are, sparking controversy and even fear among the organic denizens of the galaxy, and in the Fringe.


 

=Types of Engineered Intelligence=
 

=Virtual Intelligence=  Virtual intelligence is a type of simulated intelligence, simply coded with a large variety of decision-making programming that gives the illusion of intelligence while not installing full awareness into the intelligence. Popular for dodging metaphysical debates, virtual intelligences are both easier to program and easier to manage, being utilized for most applications requiring basic intelligence-user interface such as through help programs such as cheaper version of S.A.I.L. Ship Intelligences or even videogame NPCs. For simple purposes, Virtual Intelligences are capable of getting the job done. In circumstances requiring far greater decision making and awareness, something more advanced is required, however.

=Artificial Intelligence= Artificial intelligence is intelligence designed to achieve a level of awareness capable within the bounds of simulation, allowing full range of decision-making, thought processes, and learning capability within the bounds and settings of its programming. Artificial intelligences are made to replicate natural and synthetic intelligences within the bounds of control and simulation, capable of advanced decision making but not capable of the deep and complex versatility and self-awareness that more advanced forms of intelligence offer.

=Synthetic Intelligence= Considered to be the current apex of intelligence, synthetic intelligence is that which is unbound by the limits of replicated simulation and ascended to a level that allows for self-awareness, advanced thought, and even metaphysical philosophical self-debate. Synthetic intelligences are unbound by settings or programs and are most often capable of even using knowledge obtained to better themselves and their actions, and for all aspects considered, are essentially equal to that of a natural intelligence. Synthetic intelligences can evolve as they learn, and contain varieties of different information and opinions. Being the most advanced form of created intelligence, synthetic intelligences are extremely difficult to make and are often the results of transcribed natural intelligences or as the final growth result of a “seed” intelligence that automatically improves upon itself with the very foundation needed for improvement and self-awareness, such as that seen in natural evolution. A large debate today, synthetic intelligences can be capable of powers beyond ordinary thought, having improved computational ability.

=Administrative Intelligences=

Many types of engineered intelligences, of any type, are constructed with the purpose of helping control or manage some larger system to make it easier. Most of these are virtual intelligences designed with adaptation in mind, but sometimes higher forms of intelligence are installed with user-to-system interface considered. Administrative intelligences simply are able to control other devices that are part of the system they are installed in, sometimes even self-installed. If a door in a facility is installed with a microchip and is connected to a system controlled by an engineered intelligence, that intelligence could very well open or control the door. However, there are some general limitations:

  • Any device must be "seeded" with the engineered intelligence in order to be controlled by it. This means the device must be programmed to automatically accept and use an almost "dummy" form of the actual intelligence. This generally means that an AI can only control things within its own designated system.
  • Any device must be capable of housing an engineered intelligence, usually through microchip.
  • Naturally, in order to control a larger system, more processing power is required. Sometimes this requires that the intelligence be stationed in a non-mobile supercomputer instead of some mobile body.

This system is typically barred from most playable characters aside from their own ships.

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=DATA STORAGE=

As computational technology regarding subatomic physics increased, so did the capabilities of our data storage. In the 33rd century, most data storage devices utilize subatomic states and properties to store bits of information into denser, atomic sizes that allow terabytes of information to be stored in what was once a gigabyte. Other types of data storage, though not as efficient, utilize denser banks of semi-conductive transistors, loops of photon-reader disks, and superconductive signal rings. While able to store a vast amount of information, much of the types of files stored now are much greater in bit size due to the increase of resolution in things such as pictures, videos, and even the storage of three dimensional models of extremely small polygons or voxels.

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=NEURAL NETWORKS=

Neural networking is a type of programming technique that utilizes advanced decision-making by recreating code to be similar to that of neurons, allowing programs to utilize advanced decision making and learn so that they can improve upon themselves and react to inputs unaccounted for or stimuli out of their control, often using fundamentally set standards to base simulated decisions on. It is a difficult task to utilize neural networking however, as it is an advanced type of programming which requires whole new learning courses by itself to understand. That being said, many advanced operating systems in the 33rd century use neural networking to correct errors that are gathered and interpreted on a whole scale of other users experiencing the same issues, the program learning and devising a solution to the issue to repair it with ease; this has led to programming to automatically perfect itself to have nearly no errors.

 

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=PROCESSORS=

Among the many computational innovations of the galaxy, one of the most fundamental and important ones are perhaps a massive upgrade in processing power that resulted in discoveries in quantum physics that allowed computing to be tied in with subatomic physics. The increase in processing speeds allowed for computers to have the capacity to hold much greater capabilities, allowing for increased quality and larger files, instantly cataloging files, and more.
 

=Semiconductors= While considered primitive and eclipsed by more advanced methods of processing methods, semiconductors have still found use in being cheaper and easily made with basic facilities; that being said, semiconductors today have made transistors even smaller than they once were, allowing still a fairly large amount of processing power, but not as much as is offered by more advanced forms of processing.

=Photonics= One of the more modern methods of processing is with photons instead of electron semiconductors; due to the much more compact form of the photon, photonic transistors allow for a greater density of processors as well as a greater processing speed that matches somewhat par with quantum processors. Made in more advanced facilities that can scan and print types of photonic processors using known metamaterials, photonic processors still require advanced facilities to create.

=Quantum Computing= The most advanced form of current processing, quantum processing utilizes interactions between subatomic particles to transfer bit information through the entirety of an atom on a small scale, bypassing the photonic and semiconductor limit of linear binary processing and instead being capable of solving even the most complex computational problems in near instants due to its extremely small scale and speed, often in fact being limited to preserve processing rate. While being the most advanced form of processing at the time, quantum processing is extremely difficult to deal with and requires a very high level of education to even comprehend. Advanced facilities that produce quantum processors are nearly impossible to find in the Fringe and often requires interaction with civspace companies dedicated to processor production to obtain.

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