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We Are the Cyborgs!

2nd May 2024 | 5 Views

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We lived in a great age, of scientific brilliance. It’s only natural that the age of the cyborgs came out at this point in human history. The age of the cyborgs began in the 21st century, and once it started, it became an avalanche. There was no stopping it, there was no question of stopping it, nothing could have stopped it. As soon as people began accepting implants, and the technology improved and the benefits made them so attractive, everyone wanted it.

The seeds were sown after advances with computers, Artificial intelligence, prosthetics, and other computer based technologies were perfected.

Slowly, artificial intelligence began spreading throughout the internet. People, scared of movies depicting apocalyptic worlds where man fought machines, protested but AI was made benign with a series of Laws, nicknamed the Asimov laws. The laws were written with thousands upon thousands of safeties to prevent them from being corrupted.

Robotic technology began spreading across the Earth, with robots and computers taking over the jobs of builders, farmers, and even soldiers. Their inbuilt power sources and their durability meant they could do the job in half the time as their flesh, blood, and bone counterparts.

A war had begun, between genetic manipulation and cybernetics; suddenly it became increasingly normal for people to go about with brain chips, and then everyone could interface with a computer, and things like keyboards and mouses became things of the past.

Genetics might have been left behind, but it was rapidly catching up, and because genetics weren’t as invasive as they had been in the past, splicing became a fad.

Clinics opened up, and people could have features from animals spliced into their bodies, and quickly new legislation was drawn up prohibiting splicers from taking part in sports or athletic events; it wasn’t fair to the contestants for someone to easily out swim a swimmer because they’d had dolphin or fish DNA injected into their bodies. It was okay if you were diving underwater, or going out and exploring jungles and deserts and needed necessary genetic resequencing to cope.

Not to be undone, the work into cybernetics became more intensive. Brainchips were inserted into the skulls, spreading across the brain like a web of circuitry like metallic spider webs, allowing them to process and double their knowledge; cybernetic organs like hearts and lungs meant victims of heart disease or lung cancer could survive, prosthetic eyes allowed vision many times more superior; cybernetic strength and speed with arms and legs which were more durable, dextrous, meant cyborgs could leap into the air and even scale trees with the same frightening speed of a monkey.

Advances in spinal surgery allowed the total replacement of the entire spinal cord, and the replacement with a cybernetic spine which allowed speed, strength, and agility.

But even more incredibly, specialised cybernetic shells were created for people to fly; picture it, disabled people were placed within a cybernetic shell, spreading their arms and sheafs of smart metallo-plastic spreading out before beams of EM energy repel them and send them flying at terrific speed.

And then war broke out across the world. There had been terrorist activities all across the planet, and like a forest fire starting in an arid place where there hadn’t been any rainfalls for some time, a spark was lit, bombs dropped, millions began dying all around the world.

The nuclear spark which had been unlit since the 1950s was lit.

The Third World War had begun. Future historians studying the horrifying events playing out would be amazed that anything of humanity survived, but they did; humanity’s a sturdy species, sometimes stupid, but sturdy. Many cities were destroyed across the world, and within the first few minutes of the first missiles crashing into the planet, over 100,000 million people died. 100,000 million, just imagine that, leaving behind shattered cities, and only skeletal remains of the victims who died for a cause that would be proven meaningless in the future to come.

And there was a future, the survivors would make sure of that.

So, once the bombs had finished dropping, the war began, and it was a vicious one. The retaliatory strikes against the enemy were fast, brutal, and relentless; the enemy cities were pulverised with nuclear fire, and the armies began to deploy.

Suddenly the armies began fighting against the cyborgs, who had become an ultimate weapon.

They were totally unprepared; cyborgs do not subscribe to any theory in morality in a war.

Total destruction of the enemy was the number one aim.

It was purely logical.

But the problem is the human component.

Cyborgs unleashed on the armies were terrifyingly readied for battle. Inspired by comic books, TV shows, movies, and popular culture in general, cyborgs capable of flight suddenly swept over the landscapes like a terrifying flock of giant metal birds, armed with guns and flamethrowers. Tentacled cybernetic suits were built, with metallo-plastic tentacles capable of tearing through concrete at terrifying speed were unleashed, ripping through the soldiers.

Augment against augmented; while the genetically engineered soldiers could hold out, they found themselves hopelessly outmatched despite undergoing rival surgeries that allowed them to ‘create’ wings and gills, and whatever was needed, but against the machine strength of the cyborgs, even they couldn’t hold back the brutal machine horde indefinitely.

They lost ground.

They were slaughtered.

They lost.

The soldiers who had given their armies such an amazing edge..were gone.

Humans still possessed a conscience, and when their cybernetic selves started tearing through them like part man, part machine threshing machines with machine guns, that spat hails of bullets shredding their way through soldiers, many of them were horrified by the orders to wipe out the opposition.

Their emotions were simply switched off. That worried many people, that something like free well could be broken up by pure, rational, cold, calculating logic. But it was only meant to happen during wartime. It was a small consolation.

But once the war was finally over, when Mother Nature proved itself to be tougher and more resilient than humanity actually bothered to respect, people began to realise they could not go back; too many people had taken cybernetic or genetic enhancements, and it was impossible to just dismiss them. There was no way of removing the genetic or cybernetic enhancements, especially the cybernetic enhancements as the human underneath all of the technology would just die without the implants.

But they all agreed they’d come dangerously close to being wiped out, and after nearly being wiped out by the war, the survivors began rebuilding their world and thanks to the AI linking so many humans together, only one thing made it through to their minds; we must survive.

We will survive. Survival is a choice, you were either strong enough to fight every day, or you just sat back and died.

Slowly Earth rebuilt and when people became satisfied with finding something to eat, something to work with, the AI quite logically looked out into the black vacuum of space, seeing not only a wonder to explore, but a replacement home.

But there was a problem; despite the increasing popularity of geothermal energy, solar energy, and wind turbines and hydroelectric dams and wheels – sometimes old technology worked wonders – energy was still a problem. With the cold logic of AI, there was no time wasted on pointless wrangling; a plan was made while colonists using specially built and designed skyhooks which made inter system space travel more possible until flights took place daily, and rebuilt airports made commuting to the moon as simple as travelling between cities across continents, and colonies sprouted across the moon and Mars. 

A 40 year plan was devised, planned, calculated and multiple contingencies were set up.

A grand plan to build a Dyson swarm around the sun; giant mirrors were built alongside a space fleet on Earth, and similar mirrors were built using the resources of the Moon, Mars, and the surrounding moons and asteroids while a number of spaceships were sent out beyond the moon, heading towards the Oort Cloud of asteroids. Ships left Earth, travelling towards Venus and Mercury; airship factories were dropped into Venus’s atmosphere, and processed the gases in the planet, and converted them into usable chemicals, while the ships heading for Mercury, carefully and precisely used their AI to launch mirrors into the suns’ orbit, while satellites were placed in strategic places to beam the suns’ light towards the colonies.

The 40 year plan was also devised to explore the outer solar system, and found new colonies to expand the population of Earth.

Powered by their new solar energy beams, the ships entered orbit above Mercury; firing beams that drilled through Mercury’s crust, all the way through to the mantle with some even piercing through to the outer core, armies of robots built complexes over the holes as the planet circled in its orbit, and the complexes supported vast factories leading down to the planet’s mantle.

Millions of solar reflector mirrors were fired into space via giant railgun cannons which shot the mirrors into orbit around the sun. Cyborg and robot, together they began stripping the planet Mercury down, sending whatever chemical and mineral back to Earth which couldn’t be used for the Dyson swarm plan. Powered by the sun’s mirrors, more and more energy was beamed down, while further out into the Oort Cloud, robot ships finally reached the asteroids after a decade, and mines sprouted up and began building factories while exploration teams charted the asteroids and even launched long-range probes out into the void of interstellar space.

Back on Earth, free to carry out numerous experiments, the cyborgs back home began improving the design of the technology. And they soon had it; inspired by TV and pop culture, focus flew over to nanotechnology. Injections of nano-genes could rewrite the human body, replacing bone with dense metallo-plastic composites 500 times stronger than blood, muscles were either augmented or enhanced with plastic flexes and organs could be replaced with artificial versions, and brains became augmented with webs of cybernetic circuitry without any invasive surgeries…and yet, despite becoming more machine, they were still human, they could still reproduce…and because humanity were still desperate to survive, it wasn’t uncommon for mothers to carry and deliver more than one child, and artificial wombs which took the genetic information of their parents could produce many times more children.

Robert Feld



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