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Life-themes change the optoacoustic perception. They make the world look different than it actually is by changing the sensory input from eyes and ears via neuro-implant. Walking through the real world, you see real things, but the appearance of everything is adjusted in real time to your chosen genre or theme.
If you live in a big city but would rather live on a tropical island, you can have everything look like a South Sea island. Streetlamps look like palm trees; buildings are replaced by rocky cliffs. And the sun always shines from a blue sky.
If you always wanted to live in the Middle Ages, you can choose from a huge collection of medieval themes. Buildings get battlements, concrete becomes brick and stone, vehicles turn into carriages, and even personal copters are translated into large birds or dragons, your choice.
Life-themes are based on proven technology that many people have been using every day. More and more people have been experiencing a reality adapted to their own ideas. For some time now, neuro-implants have been changing perception by blocking out undesired parts and by augmenting reality with additional information.
- Ad-blockers have been removing ads from the retinal data stream before the neural signals can reach the brain.
- Virtual tags show annotations, cues, and directions like a kind of head-up display.
- In gaming, so-called Real-Plays, an extension of 3D VR technologies into the real world. Have been around for a long time, these games show their content as a layer on top of reality.
- One of the first applications of neuro-implants have been assistants analyzing the environment to provide real-time advice like data, talking points, or behavioral guidance. Wingman flirt-assistants have become notorious for analyzing biometrics of your interlocutor and providing statistical and profile-based advice.
- Augmented reality assistants have proven indispensable for engineers, who have long since ceased to carry around construction plans as display sheets or paper rolls. Engineers can display diagrams through their implants at any time.
- So called Shiva-assistants provide background information about the people you meet in everyday life including their reputation ratings. It would be unimaginable not to get up to date information about anybody.
- Of course, there is also malware. Implant malware has long been manipulating the perception of its victims, some in a subtle way, others less so. Such malware may overlay advertising messages bypassing web blockers and meme filters.
- There is even malware that presents real events differently to deceive viewers, so-called stream-spoofing.
A life-theme is a software module installed as a plugin at the neuro-implant. Good themes are not cheap though. Real time analysis of all the sensory data is demanding. It can easily overload the processing capabilities of consumer implants. Some themes therefore use external scene analysis by streaming to a cloud service. Cloud-based scene handling faces two difficulties. Sending everything you hear and see to the net might pose a security risk, and secondly the real-time capability might suffer. Even a ping of a few tens of milliseconds is irritating. That basically rules out cloud-analysis for any serious application. In other words: local scene processing is a must. This in turn requires good (expensive) algorithms and powerful (expensive) hardware. In addition, themes contain transformation libraries, graphics routines, and graphics data, which all can be of very different quality and variety, depending on the price.
A huge economy grows around the life-theme technology. Each genre has many variants: whether medieval, fantasy, steam punk or science fiction, popular genres have hundreds of themes and thousands of mods, hacks, and add-ons.
Not long after live-themes became available, entertainment networks started to release themes based on their own IPs which can be used by fans to make the world look like their favorite series. Vacation themes are also very popular, as well as many other real-world themes that simply simulate a different, but real, environment – city trips without leaving your own city. Some themes are especially popular in certain seasons, such as the *Frau Holle* add-on from the Zugspitze weather station. The add-on conjures everything up with a layer of new snow. The height of the snow adjustable.
There are also render themes that do not really change objects, but rather adjust their appearance to make everything look like a fresco or like a line drawing, for example the famous open-source theme *A-ha*. Comic themes not only show the world in comic style, but they also add speech bubbles and onomatopoeia boxes while the audio implant mutes voices and ambient noises.
Most themes offer software interfaces where plugins can hook into the processing pipeline, thus cooperating with ad-blockers, assistants and all the other applications running on neuro-implants that have become indispensable, and which of course should also be displayed in the chosen theme.
2128 Darwin, the Popular Gene Construction Learning Kit for Children.
*Darwin* by Jogos Ubirajara is the first gene construction kit that playfully illustrates genetics by creating artificial life forms. It is intended for children between the ages of 12 and 16.
The construction kit contains an intuitive gene designer with HUD (VR heads up display) interface. The purpose of the gene designer is to plan organisms by selecting and combining desired properties. The designer has a large library of ready-made genetic traits. It can be controlled by neuro-implants (nimps). Since many children get their nimps only after puberty, the designer can also be operated with VR-glasses and even using the panoramic wallpaper in every household.
Once a design is complete the organism is ready to be produced. A chromosome printer synthesizes the DNA. This typically takes a few hours. During that time the printer explains the genes that are being built and their functions. Children following these instructive animations learn about the development process in detail. Finally, the printer wraps the genome into an artificial nuclear envelope.
Using virtual drag-and-drop, the user then actively transfers the nucleus to the growth unit, the so-called Crescer where the organism will grow from the first cell. The Crescer is a fully automated growth system with all necessary nutritional, cleaning, and control functions. The starter set of *Darwin* contains wetware for ten runs: ten neutral basic cells and ten disposable wombs, cocoons with biological adapters for the Crescer. The starter set wombs have a capacity of 20 ml.
Also included are two liters of nutrient solution containing all proteinogenic amino acids necessary for up to 200 g of life forms thanks to the patented recycling technology of the growth system. Consumables can be reordered easily. The integrated monitor can order new material in time. A refill subscription is recommended to ensure unrestricted fun.
The add-on module "Sequencer" is required to analyze the genome of existing life forms in order to add their genes to the traits library. For example, the genes for skin pigments can be extracted from many plants. Though, combining genes from different sources needs some practice, as genes may interact with each other. An additional software simulator that is also available as an add-on helps to avoid failed attempts, which consume resources without producing viable organisms.
For advanced users there is a protein designer module available that can create new functional gene groups. Its core component is a protein folder, that is also used in professional applications.
The base for all designs is the so called Omnipod, a completely artificial life form. It is a 2 cm high egg-shaped creature that stands on four short legs; with a white, almost transparent skin and no sensory organs, just a simple central nervous system to keep it up. The base model has no digestive system living on a built in glucose supply for a limited time. The *Darwin Omnipod is an adapted and simplified version of the widely used H8Z2(b) line, the standard platform for many scientific experiments.
Besides the Omnipod there are other platforms available as upgrades. Each platform comes with its own library of gene traits. Jogos Ubirajara takes great care to harmonize platform and feature library so as to guarantee the unlimited combinability of traits.
The combination of sequencer and protein designer even allows to design and publish new traits. Within a short time, hundreds of new traits appear on the net. Even some scientific and commercial gene templates are adapted to the *Darwin* platforms. Of course, users can also download and try out complete gene templates with functionally matching traits.
Some designs have practical applications, like the "Fluff Pod" template. The Fluff Pod is based on the Omnipod but with a discus-shaped body. The creature walks on its stubby legs tirelessly collecting dust on the ground. Having a simple digestive system, it can live permanently on the *Darwin* nutritional solution. Any household fab can produce a suitable solution dispenser from the provided blueprint.
The Meerk4t-flyer template is another remarkable design. It creates a flying creature that circles above a certain spot on the look-out and then whistles when it sees someone approaching. Though these complex functions need the CNS (central nervous system) Level 3 Upgrade for the Crescer and 100 ml wombs.
The CGC (Chaos Gene Club) shows how to hack *Darwin*. The tinkerers use *Darwin* to deceive biometric verification. They sequence their own (or foreign) human DNA to create DNA-save fingerprints. Fingerprints that not only have the correct pattern but also withstand DNA flash tests. It is called the "Goldfinger" template. They also show that it is even possible to create artificial eyes that perfectly mimic retinal patterns to trick advanced access control.