Edge of the Night
- » Terrorist Attack! ▾
Terrorists fly 747’s into the World Trade Center towers. Both buildings collapse.
- » MIR Deorbited ▾
The predecessor to the International Space Station, the Russian-controlled Mir had been in orbit since 1986. During that time, it hosted astronauts and cosmonauts from 12 different countries. The last crew left in 1999 and, despite attempts by private companies to purchase it, the aging space station was deemed unsalvageable. Mir was ditched in the Pacific Ocean near Fiji, with a few large pieces later retrieved.
- » Europe ▾
The Euro enters circulation
- » World’s First Cyborg ▾
In 2002, cybernetics professor Kevin Warwick at the University of Reading, UK, achieved a major breakthrough in the field of brain-computer interfaces. The landmark project consisted of two experiments, both carried out by Professor Warwick himself.
- » Europe ▾
European Union celebrates its tenth anniversary.
- » Disaster ▾
The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
- » U.S. Invades Iraq ▾
The invasion of Iraq was led by the United States, alongside the United Kingdom and smaller contingents from other countries. The initial invasion phase lasted from 20th March to 1st May and involved troops from the US (248,000), UK (45,000), Australia (2,000) and Poland (194). 36 other countries were involved in its aftermath.
- » Human Genome ▾
The Human Genome Project was an international scientific effort with a primary goal to determine the sequence of chemical base pairs which make up DNA and to map the 25,000 genes of the human genome from both a physical and functional standpoint.
- » Technology ▾
Advances in Osseo integration create porous metal prosthetics (tantalum and titanium) that allow for formation of vascular tissue. These metals exhibit high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, and excellent biocompatibility.
- » European Space Agency ▾
ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon.
- » DARPA ▾
DARPA launches the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program to develop anthropomorphic advanced modular prototype prosthetic systems, including sockets, which offer increased range of motion, dexterity and control options.
- » Saddam Hussein is executed ▾
The execution of Saddam Hussein took place on 30th December 2006. He was sentenced to death by hanging, after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by the Iraqi Special Tribunal for the murder of 148 Iraqi Shi’ites in the town of Dujail in 1982, in retaliation for an assassination attempt against him.
- » Sarif Industries ▾
Founded by the philanthropist David Sarif in 2007 when he acquired a failing Detroit auto factory, it was repurposed for the automated manufacture of prosthetics, Sarif Industries specializes in the design and manufacture of advanced mechanical augmentations for human implantations.
- » Colonial Marines ▾
European Union secretly establishes the Colonial Maries. specializing in expeditionary gray and black ops.
- » US Colonial Marines ▾
United States, in light of the EU Colonial Maries, establish a U.S. verision also specializing in expeditionary gray and black ops.
- » Images from Brain ▾
In a major scientific breakthrough, a Japanese company developed a way of analysing electrical signals sent from the visual cortex and converting them to digital images on screen. In one of the experiments, test subjects were shown the six letters in the word “neuron”. The computer successfully reconstructed the word on screen by measuring their brain activity.
- » Barack Obama ▾
Barack Obama was inaugurated the 44th president of the U.S. in January 2009, becoming the first African American to hold office. His immediate actions were focused on the financial crisis plaguing the country. He subsequently introduced several economic stimulus packages, with billions upon billions of dollars being spent in an effort to reinvigorate the financial system and free up credit. A country-wide cleanup of the banking system, with the aim of removing any toxic bank assets or loans, was soon begun.
- » European Council ▾
On 19 November 2009, Herman Van Rompuy, at that time Prime Minister of Belgium, was chosen to be appointed as the first full-time President of the European Council. The formal decision on the appointment was made after the Treaty of Lisbon came into force, which was on 1 December 2009.
- » RE-NET ▾
DARPA creates RE-NET (Reliable Neural-Interface Technology) program to directly address the need for high performance neural interfaces. Specifically, RE-NET seeks to develop the technologies needed to reliably extract information from the nervous system. The implication of this technology are not lost on the intelligence community.
- » ISS ▾
Celebrates 10 year anniversary of continuous human occupation.
- » Tanhauser Gate ▾
The US colonial Marines and the European Colonial Marines Defeat the Chinese at the Battle of Tanhauser Gate somewhere in Earth Orbit. This resulted in an Allied Victory.
- » iPad9™ ▾
The iPad was Apple’s first tablet computer – a device category between a smartphone and laptop computer. Similar in functionality to a larger and more powerful iPhone or iPod touch, it ran a modified version of the same operating system (iPhone OS). Its applications were also redesigned to take advantage of the larger screen with added functionality similar to their Mac OS X counterparts.
The iPad featured a 9.7-inch (25 cm) LED backlit multi-touch display with resolution of 1024 × 768, 16 to 64 GB of flash memory, a 1-gigahertz (GHz) Apple A4 processor, Bluetooth 2.1, and a dock connector to sync with iTunes and connect wired accessories.
- » RE-NET ▾
RE-NET spawns two more programs RCI (Reliable Central Nervous-System Interface) and RPI (Reliable Peripheral Interfaces).
- » Space Shuttle fleet is retired ▾
This year saw the last of the Space Shuttle missions to the International Space Station and the subsequent retirement of the fleet. Two private companies – SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation – took over the remaining work, using cheaper disposable rockets. These would provide cargo delivery to the ISS up to 2016.
- » Microfluidics ▾
Bioengineers create the first biological storage device using microfluidics, successfully storing 5.5 petabytes of data on a single gram of DNA.
- » Mars ▾
Mars Science Laboratory, known as Curiosity, was by far the largest and most powerful rover ever sent to Mars. Among its many instruments were the first video camera taken to another planet. As well as filming the surface, it also recorded the descent through the atmosphere, in HD quality. The rover also featured the first 3D camera on Mars.
- » Research ▾
Researchers at the University of Pittsburg develop brain implanted electrodes used to control robotic machinery.
- » Sony ▾
Media giant Sony pictures is hacked. Government blames N. Korea. It is later discovered that Russian hackers were responsible.
- » Sweden ▾
Swedish doctors perform direct skeletal implantation of a prosthetic arm combined with feedback electrodes to create the first cybernetic limb with a rudimentary sense of touch.
- » New Materials ▾
Chalcogenide glass used in reproducing optical impulses mimicking the behavior of the human brain.
- » Artificial Muscle ▾
SRI International patents “artificial muscle” using electroactive polymers that behave like human muscle.
- » No Deal ▾
Nuclear negotiations between Iran and US breakdown. Israel reaffirms its resolve to destroy nuclear facilities in Iran.
- » Super Gun ▾
The Navy is in early stages of testing and fielding a railgun – which forgoes the gunpowder in the shells of conventional naval guns and instead uses high powered electromagnetic pulses along a set of rails to shoot a projectile at super sonic speeds.
- » First Female President ▾
Hillary Clinton former first lady is elected to the oval office.
- » FCC ▾
The Federal Communications Commission began enforcing sweeping new regulations sought by former President Obama for how Americans use and do business on the Internet.
- » Cyberattacks ▾
Cyberattacks triple overnight, banks, credit agencies, and government websites are hacked and defaced. Damage estimated in the trillions.
- » ANN ▾
The first ANN (Artificial Neural Network) goes online, however limitations in processor capacity limit its capability. Work begins on an optical mainframe using CG (Chalcogenide Glass) fiberoptics.
- » Social Security ▾
Social Security System hacked records are wiped and causing trillions in entitlements to be canceled. Administrators say it will take years to restore records from backup and hardcopy.
- » Entitlement Riots ▾
Entitlement riots begin, US government declares martial law. In an attempt to quell the riots U.S. Government moves to confiscate wealth in order to “level the playing field” corporations and wealthy citizens react by moving wealth out of the country. U.S. Economy begins to collapse.
- » Tel Aviv ▾
Nuclear device is detonated in Tel Aviv, ISIS claims responsibility. Israel responds attacking by Mosul, Baghdad, and Tehran with nuclear weapons. Within 12 hours the entire Middle East is consumed in a limited nuclear exchange. The resulting dust and fallout contaminates the atmosphere causing a rise in global temperatures.
- » PIC ▾
Intel patents Integrated Photonic Integrated Circuits for the PC.
- » RPI ▾
RPI develops fully functional prosthetic limbs using artificial muscles.
- » RCI ▾
RCI develop CNS (central nervous system) interface a clinically viable system that provides tactile sensory and/or proprioceptive limb feedback via stimulation of the CNS.
- » Food Shortages ▾
Food shortages occur as suppliers, distributers, and retailers lose already thin profit margins and begin to fail. Agricultural Corporations began buying up large tracts of failed farms and ranches. Some farmers are forced off their land the Agricorps citing imminent domain and for the public good. These families become the first nomads.
- » RE-NET ▾
RE-NET begins to reliably decode signals from detected CNS interfaces. The edge of cyberware is realized.
- » LDSD ▾
Microfluid storage devices become available capable of storing 500 PB.
- » Transcontinental ▾
Using Maglev technology construction begins on the subterranean transcontinental bullet train. It is capable of reaching speeds of 500 kph. Experts say the project will reunite the country.
- » BCI ▾
First BCI (Brain Computer Interface) implanted, patient flies F-25 simulator remotely.
- » Intel ▾
Intel™ patents the IOC processing power moves into the PBs range.
- » Japan and China ▾
Japan and China also produce versions of the IOC. Intel files lawsuits in both countries claiming industrial espionage. Due to some key design differences Intel’s lawsuits are thrown out. Intels stock begins to lose value.
- » RPI & RCI ▾
RPI and RCI combine technologies to produce fully functional “Cyberlimbs”.
- » Commercial BCI ▾
BCI becomes commercially available. ASUS patents “cyberdecks” for use with BCI onboard wetware operating system is proprietary.
- » Microsoft™ ▾
Microsoft publishes Cyberwindows 1.1 “Wetware” operating system for use with BCI and newly patented Cyberdecks enabling software designers to write wetware code.
- » Netgear™ ▾
Netgear patents Neuroplugs going headfirst into the net becomes common. First death due to ICE on the net when “GhostCowboy” attempts to hack Militech Industries datafortress the term Black ICE is coined. Militech attributes the death due to faulty wetware on the user’s cyberdeck.
- » Delayed Bullet ▾
Construction delayed by legal entanglements. States such as Colorado and Missouri citing sovereign territory. Project developers ultimately settle with the state governments.
- » Oil Exports ▾
SovOil continues to flourish as exports to Europe increase. Despite sanctions by the U.S. Texas increases exports to Europe as well as Japan.
- » Republic of Texas ▾
The state of Texas chafing under increasing pressure from U.S. Federal regulations and laws declares its independence on the 200th anniversary of its original declaration of 1836
- » NASA ▾
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is nationalized by the Republic of Texas despite protests from the U.S. Texas Senator Joe McGraw, “You want it—come and take it!” U.S. Government does nothing, confirming its status as a toothless lion on the world stage.
- » Republic of Utah ▾
Utah and several other states follow Texas’ lead and declare their independence from the Union
- » Mars ▾
The ESA launches manned mission to Mars project beginning with an orbital assembly facility, know today as workshacks.
- » Kilamanjari ▾
The Kiliamnajari massdriver goes online. It will be used to launch raw materials and supplies into LOE. This greatly reduces the cost of the Mars project putting it several years ahead of schedule
- » Detroit ▾
Mayor declares several areas of the city free fire zones and police pull back presence in these areas but maintain a perimeter to contain the criminal elements.
- » Vetors ▾
Fully autonomous military aircraft unveiled at Brussels International Air Show.
- » Zones ▾
Many other municipalities follow Detroit’s example and declare entire sections of their cities free fire zones and build gated walls around these areas to contain the violence.
- » Deltas ▾
Lockheed Martin introduces remotely piloted military aircraft. The concept is old however; the technology is new. They tout that a human operator can out think a robot.
- » Tycho base ▾
ESA establishes a permanent mining base on the moon. They begin construction of the Tycho massdriver to be used to launch raw materials into LOE
- » CAW ▾
CIA secretly deploys genetically engineered defoliants to target cocoa crops in Central and South America
- » Shoot-down ▾
A U.S. Delta aircraft is shot down over Panama deploying defoliants.
- » Canal Closed ▾
Panama closes canal to all traffic—U.S. reacts by sending Special Operations “Cybertroops” for force Panamanian government to reopen canal. Fighting is bloody and brutal in the jungles of the canal zone.
- » Anti-Colonialism ▾
Soviet Union and European Union pledge support in exchange for passage through canal.
- » Rampage ▾
A rampage occurs and eventually the killer discribed as “a serial Killer robot woman” is guned down by a Max Tac Agent working for the Night City Police Department located in Night City, California.
- » Test ▾
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