“It is insincere to cry out for reason, yet compromise reason for personal fancies.”

Most legislations in the world took haste to declare unlicensed ownership of quantum home computers and nanite printers a felony. Even so, their brief lifespan on the open market started a revolution. Advanced bioengineering became accessible to everyone with a hacker mindset. The adherents of this new underground were tinkers, biohackers in the truest sense of the word. Their ethos called for vigilance against all forms of traditionalism or romantic naturalism. The Tinkermeat Manifesto, written by a pseudonymous author, outlined much of this ethos. “Only if we annihilate such fancies and embrace all that is practical can we shrug off the shackles of obsolete mores and rise as free spirits in free bodies.”

As biological freedom implied independence from consumer goods, industry giants took notice. Genetic modification and advanced bioengineering were still regarded as “Frankenstein technologies”. Thus, lobbying for strict anti-biorigging laws was trivial. Yet, as illegal and frowned upon rigging was, it had become too widespread to snuff out. It was common for people to claim to be “all organic”, yet have blood trackers or clear-chrolophyllic skin. More exotic and radical rigs included hivemind interfaces and amorph layers. Anyone adventurous enough could always find a clandestine street clinic for the job. Those who would control and those who would innovate raced to be one step ahead of the others. The metaphorical Genetic War between governances, industries and cutting-edge tinkers defined the zeitgeist.

The war to come would not be as metaphorical.


DECEMBER 12, 2014