Idea -Forks ciphered & scattered, a transhuman puzzle

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King Shere King Shere's picture
Idea -Forks ciphered & scattered, a transhuman puzzle
[i]Premise: Some secrets (or treasure) needs to be safe until its retrievable by the correct recipients. In additions to other security measures. Sender thinking that its better to provide the recipient a loyal reliable guide, than a sheet of paper.[/i] Perhaps this could have been better done as a skill soft. But the paranoid "mapmaker" choose to use forks. . The idea is to create several Incomplete forks that hides a complete ego. For now Ill call the method & the forks as "ciphered forks". Each is a bit of the puzzle thats scattered to evade capture. For additional safety additional copies & red hearings. The method can also be a elaborate hibernation attempt against a perceived threat. Whats separating the ciphered forks from regular incomplete forks? Perhaps nothing, I imagine it difficult to differentiate ciphered forks from gamma forks, especially by outsiders. But ciphered forks could also exist as ego backups, beta & delta . Because the complete ego could be jeopardized if the fragments diverge to much(or live an active life & die). These forks may not be intended to be active. Created to remain inactive, -until the recipient have all needed puzzle pieces merged. Even if this Fork type or practice doesn't exist & never has. Crazies & scam-artists could claim that it does & they are this type (crazies even believing it). Hoping to coax the "lucky" into assisting them -with the promise of treasure! [b]Active cipher forks[/b] Perhaps some cipher forks are crafted that the kept secret is safe against possible corruption/divergence. Thus allowing such cipher forks to be active, maintain a identity & verify the recipient. Another idea. Using Active Cipher Forks as a contest. Having the participants (perhaps the forks themselves) hunt down the needed ciphered forks.
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There can only be one -Highlander
[b]Adventure seed[/b] Sent out on a "easy" assignment & mostly a courtesy call, The operatives are to meet up with a visiting ally (non-local). Acquire some information, receive better details regarding the visit and report back. If needed assist the visitor as locals. Arriving instead is a corpse, lacking its cortical stack. This development was unexpected to say the least. The culprits for the theft are of the "deceased", Its delta forks have acted on a pre-set instructions, ciphered the ego & scattered it. [i]Edited: Corrected some grammar and wording[/i]
Decivre Decivre's picture
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If I were going to cipher my ego backup so it could remain safe, chances are I would simply segregate it as a file and encrypt it (akin to file splitting with WinZip). Each individual copy would be impossible to run, and the whole ego could not be decrypted without finding all other parts. It would certainly be an interesting idea, though.
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King Shere King Shere's picture
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With great effort, data archaeologists successfully restored a corrupt music piece from a old server. Short versions of the file quickly popular as a jingle. Unknown to most & the heroic archaeologists; the "corrupted" file was a encrypted & mislabeled file containing parts of a ego .
Decivre Decivre's picture
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King Shere wrote:
With great effort, data archaeologists successfully restored a corrupt music piece from a old server. Short versions of the file quickly popular as a jingle. Unknown to most & the heroic archaeologists; the "corrupted" file was a encrypted & mislabeled file containing parts of a ego .
Now that would be hilarious. Even more funny would be if people still used steganography in the EP universe. You download a massive XP file, never actually realizing that some criminal hid his ego backup inside it just in case he gets caught.
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The Doctor The Doctor's picture
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It sounds a lot like a practical application of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamir%27s_Secret_Sharing]Shamir's secret sharing algorithm[/url], or one of its variants.
King Shere King Shere's picture
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A Bittorrent file would also have similarities with the idea, Hmm a bittorrent distribution of a ego... I however got the inspiration from Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn & the fictional treasure map puzzle.
Decivre wrote:
Even more funny would be if people still used steganography in the EP universe. You download a massive XP file, never actually realizing that some criminal hid his ego backup inside it just in case he gets caught.
It would be both funny & clever. In EP universe, I am sure steganography is alive & kicking -its transhuman practitioners researching & refining even more obscuring methods.
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[i]You may see things here that look odd or even antiquated. Hello, emm. Antiquated to amm modern eyes. Phones with cords. Awkward manual valves. Computers that fairly deserve the name. It was all designed to operate against a enemy, who could infiltrate & disrupt even the most basic computer systems. Galactica is a reminder of a time, when we were so frightened by our enemies ,we literally looked backward for protection.[/i] pilot episode of Battlestar Galactica
I fondly remember that speech, Especially when I think of the the exurgent threat & its (upcomming) impact on the transhuman way of life.
Decivre Decivre's picture
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King Shere wrote:
A Bittorrent file would also have similarities with the idea, Hmm a bittorrent distribution of a ego... I however got the inspiration from Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn & the fictional treasure map puzzle.
I'd imagine that a futuristic version of Bittorrent would be the means by which open sourced and pirated info in the outer system is maintained between habitats. Distributed file sharing is redundant and durable, so this would be a great way to combat any hypercorp attempts at taking out threats to their patents and products.
King Shere wrote:
I fondly remember that speech, Especially when I think of the the exurgent threat & its (upcomming) impact on the transhuman way of life.
The one problem with that is the enemy we're facing. The Exsurgent virus is much smarter than humans, and can infect both biologically and mechanically. Nothing is safe. It can adapt, it can alter, and it's very bent on conquest. If anything, I'm surprised that transhumanity has lasted this long against such a threat.
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King Shere King Shere's picture
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Decivre wrote:
I'd imagine that a futuristic version of Bittorrent would be the means by which open sourced and pirated info in the outer system is maintained between habitats. Distributed file sharing is redundant and durable, so this would be a great way to combat any hypercorp attempts at taking out threats to their patents and products.
I concur.
Decivre wrote:
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[s][i]Decivre [/i]wrote:[/s] I fondly remember that speech, Especially when I think of the the exurgent threat & its (upcomming) impact on the transhuman way of life.King Shere
Slight Miss-quote typo there.
Decivre wrote:
The one problem with that is the enemy we're facing. The Exsurgent virus is much smarter than humans, and can infect both biologically and mechanically. Nothing is safe. It can adapt, it can alter, and it's very bent on conquest. If anything, I'm surprised that transhumanity has lasted this long against such a threat.
Even if i the exurgant threat is unavoidable & extinction inevitable. Some Individuals would still take their chances with a steganography/ciphered hibernation, hoping to sleep the storm out. Perhaps hibernating their Ego inert as distributed micro-meteors, orbiting the solar system. Or as a corrupted music files on antique machines. The attempts likely doomed from the start. Either they suffer destruction while inert, they awake to early, the Exurgant threat offered no real opposition, solves the "childish" hide & seek game. Or never found again & remaining inert.
Decivre Decivre's picture
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King Shere wrote:
Slight Miss-quote typo there.
Oops. I fixed that.
King Shere wrote:
Even if i the exurgant threat is unavoidable & extinction inevitable. Some Individuals would still take their chances with a steganography/ciphered hibernation, hoping to sleep the storm out. Perhaps hibernating their Ego inert as distributed micro-meteors, orbiting the solar system. Or as a corrupted music files on antique machines. The attempts likely doomed from the start. Either they suffer destruction while inert, they awake to early, the Exurgant threat offered no real opposition, solves the "childish" hide & seek game. Or never found again & remaining inert.
I agree. Desparation tends to make people turn to any effort, no matter how futile it may be.
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nick012000 nick012000's picture
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If nothing else, if you go into hibernation and wait, even if the rest of human civilization dies around you, you might be found and reactivated by some alien Gatecrasher a few million years down the tracks. If nothing else, though, you'd probably be better off building lightluggers and taking off while going Von Neumann. I doubt the Exsurgents will be able to kill [i]all[/i] of you.

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