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GregH GregH's picture
"we're sorry... the body you've attempted to access is unavailable at this time..."

Beaming oneself. How commonplace is that practice?

What I guess I'm asking is, is the support structure (the equipment to recieved and resleeve an Infomorph or AI, and the, uh, "Parking Lot" so to speak for bodies) fairly commonplace? Or is it largely the property of the most well-established colonies and habitats. The mental image I'm getting is of regular, commonplace, beaming among the H+ community that can afford it while outlying communities still require spacecraft to reach (though perhaps have the means to "beam out" an Infomorph)... is that about right?

Also, about how long does it take to have a morph designed. Again, the image I'm getting is similar to Transhuman Space, it's a complex messy process to produce the final product, a couple months, half to a full year or so for biological forms. In the meantime you're hanging about in a robot body or somewhere in the Mesh. Correct?

RobBoyle RobBoyle's picture
The term we use is

The term we use is "egocasting." It's fairly common, and even small stations and large ships are likely to have the "ego bridge" equipment necessary for sleeving into a biomorph. The availability of bodies will depend on local conditions. It's much easier to sleeve into a synthetic morph -- you just download into the cyberbrain -- and synthmorphs are more readily available.

In most cases you'll have to make do with the biomorphs the local body bank services have on hand. Growing a customized biomorph from scratch takes quite a bit of time, yeah -- 6 months+. It's easier/quicker to take a morph that exists on hand and tailor it.

Rob Boyle :: Posthuman Studios

GregH GregH's picture
"egocasting"... "ego

"egocasting"... "ego bridge"... man, even the terminology sends shivers down my spine:)

Love the "bouncer" too, thou has chosen wisely in your artists.

Tearlach Tearlach's picture
How much data can be recieved

How much data can be recieved at the same time by the egocasting computers? dropped packages would not be a funny thing.

Also, would a solar storm disrupt the data, and if so is there any safeguards?

Moon-Hawk Moon-Hawk's picture
Quantum Farcasting

I think that all egocasting is done via quantum farcasting, which occurs at the speed of light and is error-proof. I think.

jackgraham jackgraham's picture
Egocasting is done through

Egocasting is done through normal, albeit insanely well-encrypted, radio signals. Quantum farcasting is only used in the emergency farcaster augmentation.


Solar flare activity could indeed disrupt part of an egocast, but the infrastructure (more complete description of which we didn't have space for) involves a widely dispersed network of relay satellites with a lot of redundancy and error checking. So it's not like your ego gets flung out into the black as a single transmission.


When egocasting, the consciousness is virtualized and kept "live" for continuity, running over the transit network, albeit drastically slowed down to account for latency in transit. We don't go into the possibility of tampering with the transmission networks, but the assumption is that massive redundancy and error checking make it extraordinarily difficult. For the mind being transported, though, the experience is much like moving through an ego bridge.

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Tearlach Tearlach's picture
Thanks for the extra info. I

Thanks for the extra info. I really like the fact that you've thought through the stuff that went into the book.

However, it is a shame that you couldn't get enough pages to actually have it in the book.

Moon-Hawk Moon-Hawk's picture
Oh, so no lack.

"When egocasting, the consciousness is virtualized and kept "live" for continuity, running over the transit network, albeit drastically slowed down to account for latency in transit."

So there's no lack, even if the transmission takes an hour? Good to know.

Ramidel Ramidel's picture
Correction: the emergency

Correction: the emergency farcaster uses a neutrino transmission, not a QE cast, per the book.

jackgraham jackgraham's picture
Yup. Thanks.

Yup. Thanks.

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jackgraham jackgraham's picture
True, for transfers. You can

True, for transfers.

You can also egocast a cold backup, though.

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jackgraham jackgraham's picture
What made it in, hopefully,

What made it in, hopefully, is what people need to play.

My obsessive philosophizing on the topic is considerably less important. :)

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Tearlach Tearlach's picture
For some maybe ;)

For some maybe ;)

JimJim JimJim's picture
Re: Egocasting is done through

Figured I'd necro this thread, instead of opening a brand-new one...

So, I'm quoting the EP rulebook, page 276, on egocasting:

"Beaming yourself across interplanetary space is a
mature technology and usually works seamlessly. Because
egocasting uses quantum farcasters, there is no
danger of radio interference cooking the signal and
causing data loss. Normally the entire process is mediated
by the character’s backup service, and security
breaches are uncommon."

This would seem to imply that all egocasting is done via quantum farcasting. Jack, on the other hand, has stated that egocasting can be done through non-quantum radio or neutrino signals. Might I ask which one we're going with? My inclination is toward the latter, mainly because I can't see people quantum-entangling two computers for every location that they might want to egocast to (also because having it the latter way is sort of important to the next adventure I'll be running...).

Thoughts?

Decivre Decivre's picture
Re: Egocasting is done through

JimJim wrote:
Figured I'd necro this thread, instead of opening a brand-new one...

So, I'm quoting the EP rulebook, page 276, on egocasting:

"Beaming yourself across interplanetary space is a
mature technology and usually works seamlessly. Because
egocasting uses quantum farcasters, there is no
danger of radio interference cooking the signal and
causing data loss. Normally the entire process is mediated
by the character’s backup service, and security
breaches are uncommon."

This would seem to imply that all egocasting is done via quantum farcasting. Jack, on the other hand, has stated that egocasting can be done through non-quantum radio or neutrino signals. Might I ask which one we're going with? My inclination is toward the latter, mainly because I can't see people quantum-entangling two computers for every location that they might want to egocast to (also because having it the latter way is sort of important to the next adventure I'll be running...).

Thoughts?

You can do so, but there are risks involved. Anyone who intercepts the signal has the potential to gain a copy of your ego. Because of the general fear that the general public has of being forked without their knowledge, this is not a risk that most people are willing to take.

Also, you must note that the majority of the common farcaster network out there is entangled together to a large degree. Going to certain regions from certain other regions might be difficult (like going from an anarchist hab to a hypercorp facility in the inner system), but transmission routing can solve that problem (like being egocasted to Extropia, which largely acts as a hub for most other factions and their habitats). Transmissions not done via quantum farcast or radio are often transmissions for which security is not an issue.

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