An economic boom in Offworld and Deep-Ocean colonies fuels
migration and makes Pacifica the centre of free scientific thought
and illegal experimentation. High Orbit colonies remain rather
politicised aristocratic enclaves.
Vatican now advises US and European governments on internal
policy matters such as religion in schools.
Left-wing protests in major US cities against GCC Population
Freedom (read birth control) Acts, which impose mandatory genetic
selection on all couples. People with genetic defects or a high
probability of giving birth to disease-prone children are
'encouraged' to have only one child. Tax structures effectively
prohibit these misfortunate people from having any children at all,
while the very wealthy are effectively exempt. Nevertheless, public
fear of the New Mutation
allows the Acts to be passed.
First Artificial Intelligence, [A]dam, is born at the MIT Media Lab;
it immediately runs amok and eats the entire lab network before it
is destroyed. Shortly thereafter, the process is repeated in
Chongqing by the South China Intelligence Group, and worried
politicians in Protocol quickly pass the Geneva Artificial
Intelligence Controls. GAICA becomes a subsidiary of the Medical
Collegium and enforces regulation on what are now called
Government surveillance across the globe is at an all-time high;
thousands of microsatellites (eyesats) and smartcams monitor and
analyze every aspect of daily life, while the Net channels most
of human activity.
The global population approaches 8 billion.
Consumer buying associations pool their resources to demand
low prices for their customers/citizens. The new trend for
begins to seriously distort the global
Purchase Networks so integral to the New Economics.