Distribueret
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Velkommen til Gamma
— en distribueret, markedsdrevet verden.

Verden bevæger sig hurtigere, hurtigere og hurtigere. Ét menneskes handlinger og ideer kan skabe ringe i vandet, der med det samme kan mærkes over hele planeten. Brancher, fællesskaber, og bevægelser kan blomstre op og dø i løbet af få uger. Folk er brudt ud af gårdsdagens herskeres greb. De trætte gamle monolitter er væltet og gået i tusinde stykker, mens adrætte netværk er vokset frem i deres sted. Agile, distribuerede strukturer er den eneste vej frem, hvis du vil overleve.

Samfundet drives af uafhængige og entreprenante individer — sultne og altid i bevægelse. Du er din egen forretning og dine evner, dit netværk og dine ressourcer er din produkt portefølje. Stabilitet, rødder og oplevelsen af at høre til i den virkelige verden er et privilegie for de få. Alle andre må finde tryghed i det midlertidige eller virtuelle.

Hvordan er vi organiseret?

Distribueret
Magten er distribueret bredt — forandringer sker så hurtigt at den eneste levedygtige strategi er at kunne tilpasse sig. Hurtigt. For de fleste mennesker er livet ikke knyttet til et enkelt sted i den fysiske verden — arbejdet bevæger sig, og du er nødt til at bevæge dig med det.

Hvad driver værdiskabelsen?

Markedet
Virksomheder, mennesker og ideer er altid i bevægelse. Alt bevæger sig mod markederne med de mest lukrative muligheder, byerne med de bedste vilkår og fælleskaberne med de mest innovative ideer.

Langt de fleste mennesker har ikke råd til at blive ét sted. Du er nødt til at være i bevægelse og på udkig efter det næste hjem, det næste projekt og den næste indtægt.

Der er ingen, som skal fortælle dig, hvordan du skal bruge dine ressourcer: Lev mens du kan og brug pengene mens du har dem.

Kun de rigeste har råd til rigtigt at høre til i den fysiske verden. Alle andre må nøjes med at gro virtuelle eller mere midlertidige rødder.

Din krop er som en bil. Du vedligeholder den, skifter et par dele ud hist og her, og så skifter du den måske en dag ud for den næste.

Efterhånden som nye muligheder opstår bliver gårsdagens ting forladt. Nogle gange er det billigere bare at lade det ligge.

De modigste af os er et sted derude — for at lede efter det næste.

Det er ikke altid rentabelt at rydde op, men éns affald er en andens guld.

Stemningsmusik

Lyt til stemningsmusikken mens du hører fortællingerne. Musikken looper indtil du stopper den.

Introduktion

You walk by the Hideyo building again this morning just before sunrise. The narrow streets are empty except for a food vendor setting up his booth and a young woman who seems to be checking in to the Hideyo. The tags on her suitcase seem to indicate, that this is not her first relocation. Yet, she also seems to have a cat with her. Traditionally, few people with that lifestyle bothered keeping pets but that might’ve changed. Last night the Hideyo’s facade was illuminated with bright animated green and blue tiger stripes while groups of people were hanging out in front. Today, the wooden structure with its large glass frames look much more modest as it’s nestled in between two older concrete buildings. A more than 15 meter long curtain has been drawn to provide the small units on the inside with some much needed shade as the sun begin to rise. There’s been an influx young and resourceful people recently — and the number of pets is definitely on the rise as well. One of your friends, who runs one of the cafés down by the Bionic Bazaar told you that many of them are here for lucrative temporary contracts. The city is currently the largest hub for synthetic biology after communities of bioengineers and -hackers were forced to relocate from now expired hubs like Shenzhen and Lisbon. Droves of people are now here to either design, manufacture, sell, or upgrade new synthetic body parts or implants. A vibrant network of small, highly specialised, businesses and freelancers has sprung up among the bars and the greasy food stalls. If you open your mouth you feel the buzz of the people, the drones, and the machinery in the workshops tingling on the tip of your tongue. Sometimes it feel like life has become more hectic. People, wares, ideas, art, ideologies, movements, religions are always in flux as new market opportunities appear and others disappear. The platforms enables a constant exchange of goods and ideas — and many people follow. Like nomads constantly in motion to survive and thrive. Governments have a hard time controlling it, most places they focus on staying attractive by providing stability and safety and making transitioning in and out as smooth as possible. Not everyone moves around all time of course — some do not want to, some can afford to choose and others simply can’t move due to various circumstances. You can easily work remote. However, many would say it is hard to argue why your body should stay put in a single place all the time, when technology allows you to see, feel, touch, and even smell your friends and family from the other side of the planet. Private permanent simulated worlds are becoming increasingly popular; families might keep a virtual farmstead, or a group of friends might explore distant galaxies on a starship. Your existence reaches far beyond your body, so why not place that body somewhere with a reasonable rent, good working conditions, and an optimal timezone.

Fortællinger

Dominic
Dominic har for nylig fået et nyt job inden for produktion.

Vi har lige fornyet vores kontrakt med et netværk, der producerer møbler med integrerede neurale uplinks. Forestil dig en ergonomisk seng eller stol, der er forbundet med dine implantater, og som får din krop til at slappe af, mens din hjerne arbejder på højtryk. Vi har samarbejdet med et team i Lagos om at udvikle teknologien i et halvt års tid. Indtil nu har vi ikke kunnet producere nok til at det giver mening forretningsmæssigt, men nu er vi endelig klar til at skalere produktionen. Nogle dele af teknologien kan vi producere selv, og andre skaffer vi gennem lokale leverandører. Alt i alt er vi et temmelig stort konsortium.

Oprindeligt var vi et meget større team, men vi havde nogle etiske uoverensstemmelser. Den anden gruppe ville implementere en kognitiv begrænsnings-funktion – eller med andre ord, muligheden for selv at slukke for hjernen og gå i kunstigt koma. Den idé fandt vi temmelig uforsvarlig, så vi gik hver til sit.

Mig og mit team er blot én produktionsenhed i et stort verdensomspændende netværk med hundredvis af andre små virksomheder. Nogle fokuserer mest på udvikling, andre på fremstilling. Udviklingsenhederne sender os updates, og produktionsenhederne fremstiller produkterne lokalt. Hvert team har typisk rettighederne til hver deres region, mens blockchain hjælper med at sikre en fair fordeling af indtægterne. I hverdagen arbejder de fleste af os fysisk sammen her på værkstedet, men et par af os bor langt væk og er mest med virtuelt. Der er ikke mange dygtige neuroingeniører, som er til at betale, her på egnen.

De produkter vi laver bliver mest brugt i underholdningshenseende, men de kan også bruges professionelt. Jeg har selv et lille implantat bag øret, som er forbundet til styresystemet i værkstedet. Implantatet broadcaster et overblik af alle de processer i værkstedet, der pt. er i gang. Det er lidt svært at forklare, men jeg kan simpelthen mærke, hvad hver eneste maskine foretager sig, som var de en del af min egen krop. Hvis noget går i kludder niver det.

Olga
Olga arbejder med distribution på tværs af grænser.

Jeg arbejder i en lokal distributionsenhed, som er med i et større globalt netværk af selvstændige operatører. Som manager er jeg ansvarlig for at byde ind på opgaver via de forskellige platforme, der forbinder afsendere og distributører. Platformene lister alle de tilgængelige opgaver, og så byder operatører som os ind på at håndtere dem. Altså, i virkeligheden har vi trænet vores kunstige intelligens til at klare det meste, da vi byder ind på tusindvis af opgaver hver eneste dag, men jeg holder altid lige et øje på, hvad der foregår.

I forhold til mange andre industrier herude er jobsikkerheden indenfor distribution rigtig god. Derfor har vi også altid virkelig mange ansøgere, når vi har ledige stillinger. Lønnen er god, og vi har automatiseret det meste. Så man skal egentlig bare holde øje med, at der ikke er et eller andet, der går helt galt – og det er altså ikke sket endnu. Jeg er virkelig taknemmelig for det her job. Næste måned har jeg været her — det samme sted —i tre år! Det er næsten ikke til at tro.

Sådan som verden ser ud lige nu kan industrier blomstre op og visne hen på bare et par måneder. Men heldigvis for os har de alle sammen, gamle som nye, brug for at få fragtet ting fra A til B. Vi beskæftiger os mest med urban distribution, den sidste del af rejsen, om man vil. De fleste af vores forsendelser bliver leveret via førerløse fragtfartøjer eller en af vores kurer-robotter. Fragtfartøjerne bliver læsset ved vores pakhus, og så cirkulerer de rundt i gaden sammen med en gruppe droner, som både foretager leveringerne og samler nye forsendelser op.

Det ser ret fascinerende ud, særligt tidligt om morgenen – som en lysende bikube, der ubesværet manøvrerer rundt i byens gader omgivet af dronernes små blinkende lys.

Imaani
Imaani evaluerer risici og rejser meget.

I’m an independent risk consultant. I help companies evaluate and minimize the risks of entering our local market — be it by entering a collaboration with someone from here or by opening up shop themselves.

This city has become a hub for experimental personal transportation and a lot of businesses are interested in tapping into the local ecosystem. The scene is, however, infamous for its unusual social codes and unwritten rules. So a lot of people come to people like me to avoid making any rookie mistakes. As a newcomer, if you don’t tread carefully you risk not only getting excluded but completely shut down. People can be pretty passionate — and hostile — around here if you don’t respect their way of doing things.

Getting settled in with the locals is not the only risk factor of course. I also help you connect with other local experts, understand the environmental risks, and fortify your supply chains and facilities properly. Again, not only to protect you from the vicious microclimate but also your competitors. These people play no games and are not afraid of trying to steal your tech or sabotage your stuff if you’re a little too good. You better be prepared — maybe even for attacking first if you have the nerves for it.

I move around the city a lot as many of my informants prefer not to leave a digital trail. I usually use my old car as it doesn’t attract too much attention. The most popular modes of transportation are probably the different ride broker platforms, however. As a passenger, you just specify your destination and the platform handles the bidding and automated matchmaking with the operators. Depending on your budget you can get everything from a private drone to a spot in a modified container on an industrial freighter. But, as I said, the city does have a big scene for experimental personal transportation. That means that you’ll also see your fair share of people running down the streets in custom-built exoskeletons or with bionic modifications to their bodies allowing them to go as fast as a car. The big thing at the moment is illegal racing. Every other week they race across the roofs of the city.

Hitomi
Hitomi er leder indenfor velfærdsteknologiområdet.

Jeg ejer og driver en række af forsknings- og produktionslaboratorier over hele regionen. Vi har specialiseret os i at fremstille robotdele til velfærdsteknologi.

Verden var en anden dengang vi startede op. Vi havde så mange gode idéer, men vi følte os holdt tilbage – af politikerne, af lovgivningen, af bureaukratiet. Vi var også selv blevet hjernevasket med den tankegang. Jeg kan huske vi sloges med vores konkurrenter om patenter, i stedet for at fokusere på at skabe det mest innovative produkt. Vi prøvede at slå dem i retssalen fremfor på markedet. Sådan tænker vi ikke mere. Vi er blevet modigere. Det er vigtigere for os at afprøve nye ting end at forskanse os og beskytte vores markedsandel.

Vi arbejder aldrig alene. Vores projekter er næsten altid baseret på samarbejder i den helt store skala. Et slags fleksibelt netværk af enheder, der hele tiden tilpasser sig situationen, på godt og ondt – for eksempel når en lokal produktionsklynge kollapser, eller en ny konkurrerende teknologi opstår. Det går stærkt, så vi bliver nødt til at kunne tilpasse os lynhurtigt. Som leder bruger jeg meget af min tid på at pleje og motivere vores lokale økosystem. Uden deres data, energi og innovation, tror jeg ikke vi kan holde os på toppen. Vi er så heldige at være en del af et virkelig dynamisk lokalt fællesskab, og det tror jeg smitter af på vores arbejde.

Jeg er virkelig taknemmelig for at jeg har råd til at sørge for min familie, give dem en følelse af stabilitet. Mine forældre plejede at arbejde som fiskere, så jeg har købt dem et hus ved vandet. Jeg troede, de ville elske at trække sig tilbage og leve et roligt liv, men sådan gik det ikke helt! De har altid været virkelig glade for gammeldags superheltefilm, alle Marvel-filmene for eksempel, hvis du kan huske dem? En dag viste min datter dem et af de nye neurosimulerede spil, og de var vilde med det. Så nu har jeg købt dem det nyeste spiludstyr på markedet, og det fortryder jeg lidt. De laver ikke andet end at spille superheltespil hele dagen. Så meget for at købe dem et hus med havudsigt. Da jeg var barn spillede gamle mennesker kort og drak te. Nu bruger min 90-årige mor al sin tid på at løben rundt som Hulken og smadre hele byer på jagt efter en eller anden skurk. Hun har luftet tanken om at få sin bevidsthed uploadet til karakteren når hun dør. Godt nok har jeg altid været ret tilpasningsdygtig, men den diskussion er jeg simpelthen ikke klar til at tage.

Henry
Henry oplever hvad byen har at tilbyde.

Alright, I got about… 2000 people online on my bodystream right now.

I have a little device in my neck, and I honestly don’t know how it works but it allows me to sort of broadcast signals from my nervous system…I think? Every one of them — no matter whether they’re commuting, working late, or on the couch — can feel what I’m feeling. All the input that is coming to my brain, what I see, what I feel, what I touch, my excitement, my fear… Everything.

Today is nothing special. I’m going shopping in a minute and some people just seem to like that. I’m going out for a drink later, it tends to attract more people. I’ve had more than 50k a couple of times before, like when I was awake for 48 hours partying. I had people in their offices getting all the sensorial input from the sweaty dance floors, the thrills, the drugs, all the debauchery from the comfort of their chairs.

I didn’t just start out doing 24 hours streams though.
In the beginning, I was only streaming occasionally when I was playing games, going to concerts, or visiting galleries. People really took to it and I quickly gained a lot of subscribers. I think it’s because I have synesthesia. You know, all my senses melt together into these intense experiences: I taste music, hear pictures, and so on. People kept asking for more and more and I needed the money. When I lost my previous job as a consultant I went all in and tried to turn it into a job. I had to or I’d have to move out of my apartment. Today, I live comfortably — if you don’t mind the complete lack of privacy, that is. It is a crowded marketplace, though, so you need to be on your toes to remain relevant.

My followers love it when I’m relocating so I’m planning on going on a trip around the world soon. Pursuing whatever opportunities that might appear. My followers will be able to vote on where I go and what I do. I’m a bit nervous. I’ll be fine but… I can’t help but question whether I’m overstepping my own boundaries. If I even know where they are anymore. I can’t remember what it feels like to be alone.

Karen
Karen dyrker fritidsaktiviteter.

I’m going on a new run later tonight, and the wait is killing me!

Exit Running it’s called. It’s a virtual sport, I love it. The basic idea is that you have to escape a situation and “exit”, as it’s called.

Sometimes you just have to run like hell to get to safety, other times you have to solve tasks on your way there or get all sneaky to stay hidden. Each scenario is different: One night you’re escaping a research lab, chased by an alien creature. Other times you start in a crashed plane on an island with dinosaurs or wash up on the beach outside an eerie little town.

We’re a growing community from all over the world. You connect either your implant or device, log in and join a run. You’re typically matched up with about 5-10 other runners but there are also solo runs or massive 100+ events. I started getting involved as a runner a few months ago and have since taken on the role of run leader. I help new runners find good rookie runs, host training courses, and arrange virtual boot camps.

I honestly love Exit Running! You feel so alive. All your senses are on high alert and your adrenalin is just pumping wild. In just a few hours you get incredibly close to people — for better or worse! Some of my best friends are runners. These insane situations cement a friendship like nothing else. It feels like you’re going through life and death together.

Finding something to be a part of has been critical for me. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been pretty lonely at times but getting involved with this community has turned things around. Always being on the move, searching for your next project, temporary home, or whatever can be tough. No matter what little grey apartment I’m in I’m always able to meet up with friends in one of many colourful alternate realities. On top of all social stuff, running from a T-Rex or a cannibalistic cult can be a pretty good workout as well!

Tom
Tom drømmer om et andet samfund.

It feels like I just woke up a minute ago…

I mean, if you haven’t tried it — know this: Leaving a simulated reality sucks. The transitions are really rough but the tech is getting better and better by the week. This time I’ve been online — while fast asleep in this old world — for just over two weeks, a new personal record!

The old world is unstable and fragile. It’s clear to see for everyone. I’m with a group called Deep Arc, we’ve been working on a new, virtually simulated, and improved version of this reality. A new world. We’re building it on a decentralised network of self-powered server nodes floating deep in the oceans — safe from even the worst disasters. This world can die out and Deep Arc will survive untouched.

We’d like it to have some new features though, to make it exciting for our pioneers once we launch for real. Recently, I’ve been working on balancing the new version of the Euroasian tundra but one of the new rare predators is causing a lot of trouble. It’s a huge sable toothed creature we bought from a bio-designer in Mexico. It’s really something but right now it’s destabilising the entire ecosystem. Anyway, we’ve been developing everything from the data infrastructure to the governance models in a way that makes it easy for us, as Deep Arc Custodians, to make updates if we encounter any bugs.

Some people don’t understand us. They think we’re crazy for wanting to leave behind our physical bodies. I don’t get it — my meat suit is honestly the most limiting factor of my life. Somehow, no one bats an eye when the rich build communities on Mars but a virtual exit from this hellhole is just outrageous.

I don’t care though. We hope to retire to this world someday, either in stasis pods somewhere safe or by fully uploading ourselves to the server network. That is if we manage to get the tech ready before it’s too late…

Wojciech
Wojciech interagerer med sundhedssystemet.

I’m fine, I think. But… I’ve had a few stomach issues recently and my son was afraid it might’ve been my liver. I told him to save his money and his worries but little did it help. He’s a good boy. He helped me find an affordable clinic that can have a look at it. It’s a remote treatment so I don’t have to go anywhere. They’re specialised in this sort of thing and their tech is supposed to be top of the line.

The clinic sent me a package this morning with a smooth titanium box laser etched in an impressively intricate, yet distasteful, way. You luckily can’t see it, but it’s a bunch of overly excited faces saying things like “I didn’t feel a thing!” and “wow, is it already over?”.

All I have to do is open the box in about three hours and they’ll do the procedure from halfway across the continent. The little bot in the box can perform the surgery on its own but they say a doctor is always supervising. They left out any details on the number of surgeries the doctor is supervising at a time, but I’ll be fine. They have plenty of excellent reviews. Although, I guess dead people don’t leave any reviews at all.

It would’ve cost me a fortune to have an in-person doctor come all the way out here — or to somehow get to one. That’s the price for not living in one of the big cities, I guess. The market for medical services is really competitive at the moment so prices are low, although it can be hard to navigate so many different options. Sometimes you almost have to be a doctor to understand what kind of doctor you’re getting. It’s easy enough to book the procedure once you have the service provider. But, I don’t know, would’ve been nice if I could just kick back and let someone else take care of it, I guess.

Jamal
Jamal hjælper folk med at finde arbejde. Han er enlig far til et barn med angst.

I’m a contract broker on a local exchange. I manage our listings. Most of the listings are organisations or project consortiums looking for resources — be it people, facilities, technologies, or raw materials. If someone in our network has the resources, they reach out and our service facilitates the rest.

Whenever people want to do business in a particular area or industry they come to a broker like us to connect them with the right networks. Around here, welfare tech has been growing massively over the last half-year or so, leading to a surge in activity. We’ve had an influx of people wanting to connect with the local businesses or to move here to pursue some of the well-paid contracts currently available.

Everyone is different and all work for their own reasons — however, money and interest are often two of the main components. You’re on your own in many ways. Some people thrive in the ambiguous and almost chaotic nature of short-term work. They love the action, the strategic decisions for their careers, and the chase in hunting down the most thrilling opportunities. Others are paralysed by the choices and changes. I mean, I have a kid suffering from anxiety. I try to prepare him for what’s out there but how do you do really do that? He’s so smart and talented but I’m worried that he’ll never get a chance to use it. It’s all on me to give him the tools to manage it.

Differences have never been as pronounced as they are now. We’ve become much more accepting — at least in some ways. I mean, for goodness sake, we live in a world where I saw someone wag their synthetic tail in excitement outside the ice cream shop down the road. It’s great we can give people furry tails if they want them but what about the people who are lonely, depressed, or in other ways vulnerable? People create support groups and we all try to take care of the people dear to us, but still. I can’t help feeling like we could do more as a society — even if it’s kind of hard to define who “we” are anymore with so many people constantly on the move.

Rita
Rita er en del af et lille øsamfund og arbejder på distancen som landmåler.

Denne her ø har altid været mit hjem, og det vil den altid være. Jeg har forsøgt at forlade den, men det føltes helt forkert. Det er her jeg hører til.

Jeg arbejder selvstændigt som landinspektør. Livet som freelancer er hårdt, men sådan er det. Jeg har valgt det, fordi det giver mig friheden til at blive boende her, hvor jeg føler mig hjemme — også selvom prisen er høj. Det er ikke fordi jeg ikke kan lide selve arbejdet, det er såmænd okay, men det bedste ved mit job er, at jeg bestemmer, hvor jeg arbejder fra.

Jeg får mine opgaver via forskellige platforme, der specialiserer sig i at forbinde arbejdsgivere og selvstændige. Som landinspektør opstår opgaverne pludseligt, fra dag til dag, så jeg ved næsten aldrig hvad morgendagen bringer. Den ene dag undersøger jeg måske en forladt fabrik, og den næste et område, der potentielt kan bruges til ressourceudvinding. Jeg får opgaver verden over, så jeg lejer det udstyr, jeg skal bruge, lokalt. Typisk droner og forskellige sensorer. Jeg kan jo ikke flyve en drone hele jorden rundt.

Min søster bor faktisk på den anden side af jorden for tiden. Hun savner det her sted, så hun har genskabt vores barndomshjem på en virtuel version af øen.

Sidste måned samledes hele familien for første gang i årevis, men altså virtuelt. Vi mødtes på stranden og spiste aftensmad mens vi så solen gå ned. Børnene væltede rundt i strandkanten, sand overalt. Duften af havet, vinden i håret, bølgernes brusen, smagen af grillet fisk – det var helt fantastisk. Jeg kan slet ikke fatte hvor ægte det føltes.

Vi er vist alle sammen enige om, at det her er et ret godt alternativ, når nu vi ikke kan mødes fysisk. Altså, måske lige undtagen min far, som var offer for en lille ekstrafunktion. Min søster blev træt af vores fars evindelige spørgsmål om, hvordan det går med hendes karriere, så hun fik en gigantisk ørn til at stryge ned fra himlen og flyve afsted med ham. Vi andre fandt det hysterisk morsomt, men jeg tror lige der går lidt tid, før vores far er klar på et gensyn med vores virtuelle barndomshjem.

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