I'm teaming up with a science fiction writer and editor to evolve this project into the hybrid genre of Speculative Fiction. Will require extensive rewrite but brings narrative "juice" and appeal to a much wider potential readership.
In 1980, Robert A. Heinlein wrote, “The most difficult speculation for a science fiction writer to undertake is to imagine correctly the *secondary* implications of a new factor. Many people correctly anticipated the coming of the horseless carriage... but I know of no writer, fiction or non-fiction, who saw ahead of time the vast change in the courting and mating habits of Americans which would result." (Expanded Universe, p. 326).
In 2039, after years of experimentation at Stanford's d.school and SRI International, a young physics PhD candidate named Dawn Jung resolved the Interfield Impedance Problem¹. She did this by bringing together strong biological (Biotech) and technological (Electromagtech) energy field sources into harmonic resonance. The biotech source was a genetically engineered undifferentiated stem cell based carrier field pioneered by Dr. Rupert Lipton.
As early as the mid 1990s Lipton's experiments had revealed that it is mostly epigenetic field influences that determined how stem cells develop into specific kinds of living tissue. His findings sparked a revolution in biophysics and opened a new field based stem cell research area.
The electromagtech field source was from a proprietary ElectroPhotonic Imaging Spectrometer used primarily in consciousness research and normative health status tests on large human populations.
To be useful in programmable field media integration tests, the field intensity from these two sources were amplified over 500 million times using quantum field strength multiplier techniques. When the amplified fields from these two sources were brought into zero photoresistance resonance an entirely new interstitial carrier field was generated between them. It was initially dubbed the Jung Field, and Dawn Jung was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 2042.
After many successful field information experiments it was recognized that the new field had a unusually strong influence on events and objects within its range. In the most decisive of these experiments human observational metadata was infused into a freshly generated Jung carrier field. The modified field was then used as a replacement for human observers in quantum physics wave-particle experiments.
Repeated double blind tests showed clearly that the presence of the infused Jung field alone, without any human observers within range, yielded the same result as identical experiments in the presence of conscious human observation. Under influence of the programmed Jung field the wave function of an electron beam collapsed into particle behavior just as if a human observer were present. In other words the Jung Field was providing the same sort of contextual influence on the experiment as human consciousness.
As experimentation continued it was found that any coherent information programmatically infused into it instantly became the Jung field's contextual theme. Jung's work established that instances of her field are essentially contextual in nature, and that the information patterns that are programmed into them strongly influence the meaning of events, data, and objects that occur within the field's contextual range.
Eventually the more descriptive name Context Field became popular and the notion of Context as a basic information type was structured into new field programming languages and development environments.
The idea of layering context fields to develop more complex systems grew naturally out of their generative interstitial manner of production. By the late 2040s layered models for complex context systems were in wide use. To increase system interoperability a globally accepted reference model, the Open Context Interconnection model (OCI), was adopted. By 2050 the foundation technology for all near future development on holomorphic resonant context layers was firmly established. A whole new area was opened up for practical application which quickly led to a wide range of programmable holographic context field products.
The combined impact of this work completely revolutionized Virtual Reality and made irrelevant the entire subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The resonance fields of these new context layers were essentially the same as those emitted by consciousness at the individual or collective level. Field Intelligence (FI) replaced AI. There was nothing artificial about the intelligence of Jungian Context Fields. The entire focus of information technology development went to creating Contexts - contexts for other contexts, context chains, and ultimately layered resonant Context Domes.
All clouds were completely restructured and implemented with holomorphic resonant context layers structured around domes of supporting hardware/software infrastructure. The dotDome boom erupted and in the euphoria it seemed as though humanity had finally found the potential to integrate itself and it's technology into the "true meaning of life".
1. Part of Quantum Field Theory (QFT), the Interfield Impedance Problem refers to the issue of measurement and matching of the photon reactive resistance component between quantum fields. Simple harmonic oscillator (SHO) arrays have been used to "dress" quantum field photons via QED interaction. Photoresistance is modulated via harmonic resonance at small field scale in cleanroom environments. By experimentally irradiating a photonic field with SHO sourced EM fields of certain frequencies, photoresistance can be brought to zero. These techniques have been used to enable controlled compositions of new affine field bundles.
"Context, not Control."
- Netflix Culture Deck, 2009
"Control Context and you control Meaning."
- Vladimir Surkov, Russian Reality Hacker, 2016, 2018, 2020
In the end, after all was posted and done, Whin Sinensis found herself admitting that Axic had finished on time. Although she placed a couple of small bets with friends he wouldn't, she still made sure her personal cloud was configured for minimum influence from Axic's new context layer. One last time she surveyed the shield reinforcement mods she recently made to her dome. Whin felt reasonably well protected should Axic succeed in evading the planned disruption. She took a sip of her oolong tea and looked around for the expected glint distortion on the edges of things when a new layer injection was started.
There weren't many new outer dome layers being developed these days, especially ones for injection into the main dome of the Whole Earth Cloud. But this one was designed by Axic Ply himself with top talent from his team at Infinity Context Corp. (ICC for short).
Whin knew a lot about ICC. Before she went rogue she was a Senior Context Systems Artist at ICC. Like legions of other technical people around her, she hardly gave a second thought to the powerful lawmakers at the top of the company. The fieldCoin was lavish, she was given a motivating set of stock options, and the work culture provided lots of social and entertainment perks.
She worked with Axic at ICC back then plus some of the same Russian context hackers with him now. But ultimately she was too bright, too creative, and way too curious to ignore the evidence of her own unfiltered senses.