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Day 14: Technology

Time for science! Or at least figuring out how far the sciences and other studies of your world have pushed it as far as technology goes. This is a question that can get very speculative and central for  sci-fi plot, but then more serves to answer basic questions of daily life in others.

There are a lot of implications that come with the level of technology you choose for the cultures in your setting. This can range from medical technology saving lives, to sanitation technology keeping folks from becoming sick in the first place, to communication technology making long distance messages pass through in a flash, to agricultural innovations providing more food more reliably. You may be astounded to learn how recently some innovations have rolled around, and how not too long ago simple conveniences were life and death.

Regarding more speculative technology, you may touch upon concepts that seem like dreams today but might be a reality in the future. These things may even seem like magic, but are gone about in the mundane way that we carry computers in our pockets in the forms of smartphones. Just like tomorrow’s subject of Magic however, you will be asked questions about the limits of these technologies. Sometimes the limit is purely cost, where an innovation could do great things, but the materials for it are just too rare and expensive to make this solution viable. Maybe breakthroughs hit a certain limitation that they are seeking to expand upon, such as range or speed of technology. In the meantime, these limitations may even have more mundane but clever work-arounds that reflect the ingenuity of sentient races. The long range deep space communicator helps folks speak between star systems, but it cannot quite reach far enough on its own, so separate relay stations must be set up to extend the signal for example.

Time to be blinded by science, and…

GET BUILDING!

i highly recommend that you stay in your room for 4 days with a fever and then venture out around 11 PM into the surreal suburban landscape you live in. you will be walking instead of biking to the local national grocery store corporation. you notice that you are lightly hallucinating due to the time isolated in your room. it wasn’t a bad time, but your mind has slightly contracted in its ability to perceive reality. the elastic nature of the mind means that 10 more minutes of walking and most things stay still except the stars in the sky which wiggle all around. you try to see the sky as it is, in its beauty. you see up ahead the high school you attended until you dropped out. it’s 11:11 PM and there is a baseball game happening. you feel envious of the baseball players. you know that they are normal and maybe even one of them is gay and feels normal too and is accepted by his bro peers even if they sometimes joke with him at his expense because he is gay. you probably shouldn’t have worn a hello kitty shirt that went past your knees when you were in high school. you will never escape this city. you feel like you are dreaming but it’s not a fever dream this time and it’s okay that it happened this way. in the store you get garlic and habanero peppers and carrots because you are ready to end the sickness.

i highly recommend that on the walk home you play your favorite songs from the movie It Follows. you wildly gesture with your arms and look back every so often in absolute terror. you fill yourself with terror. this is fun. you alternate between being followed and being the follower. a car turns onto the street directly in front of you to make a u-turn and you stumble toward it in an inhuman way. you decide that you will collide with the car if they don’t turn fast enough. they turn fast enough. you will never escape this city. the dream has lasted too long and you’ve only barely scratched the vast depth of glass that would need to shatter in order to
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