More Cyberpunk Nomenclature
I dunno why, but my cyberpunk universe/setting has been itching me lately, so here’s some vocab for you diskheads. (Feel free to use or abuse these, or add your own, it’s all good)
“Industry Terms” (non slang)
Armature = Full-Body Prosthetic
Chassis = Basic frame of an Armature
Hard-Body = Hard, mechanical systems. Often considered more durable, but require more regular maintenance and are less efficient.
Soft-Body = Soft-robotics, inspired by biology. Often self-cleaning to a degree and require less maintenance, but tend to be more expensive, both to buy and to maintain.
Wetware = Organic, carbon-based hardware (vat-grown/manufactured organic hardware is still wetware).
Implant = Any prosthetic that is (semi)permanently integrated into wetware.
SD (Ess-Dee) = Subdermal (refers to implants)
TD (Tee-Dee) = Transdermal (see above, also refers to hardpoint interfaces between body and prosthetic)
Hardpoint Interface (Often just called a TD or Hardpoint) = A TD implant that’s permanently affixed to a bone or joint. Used for connecting nerves and supporting prosthetics.
Gaffer = Someone who can’t afford new parts, often uses duct tape or other kludges to keep running.
Diskhead = Essentially rich/try-hards that buy the new shiny stuff and don’t know how to use it. Some wear it as a badge of pride (”Yeah I have money and can get cool shit, fite me lol.”)
Voider = Someone who tinkers so endlessly with their gear that you can’t tell which part came from what company. Often will purposely obfuscate logos or even fabricate new casings for parts just to maintain the “look.”
Borg = People who go full hard-body armature.