The God Complex started out organically. The Internet grew out of the need for communication. Internet service entrepreneurs capitalized on the opportunity to get people on line. Hundreds at first, then thousands of unsung and independently creative programmers wrote code with visions of striking it rich. Corporate America and world used their venture capital to fund the expansion and coverage of the world. Governments’ greed for more tax dollars at first fostered the upstart industry and then tried to strangle the life out of it. Human nature and independent spirit couldn’t be suppressed or legislated out of existence. The indomitable free individual continued to innovate and participate. The capitalistic enterprises succeeded in creating increasingly useful tools and toys. The need for speed and data were incubators for innovation and desire. Standards and protocols permitted integration, aggregation, and serendipity. The algorithm gave rise to data mining, which transformed chaos to order, and technology at first enabled then entrapped the willing.
Some consider technology bad most embrace it. Sam was consciously not paying attention to the projected image through his retina but unconsciously his mind was aware and must have been processing the information because his attention went from watching his kids playing with the new jungle gym, an old name for the latest playground feature, to the projected image of his boss just as his ear piece announced his call.
After the short conversation Sam gathered his kids up interrupting their game of tag made more difficult by the rolling and moving of the jungle gym. “Sorry guys, which included his daughters, he had two of each, I have to go to Bangladesh this afternoon.
Going from one place to another had become easier but more complicated in theory. A persons profile in the real sense has become the person. As the world’s enterprises transitions from opaque, clandestine, and evil to transparent, overt, and wholesome there was still the issue of individuality. Sam had chosen to subscribe to New Boston Avatar which calculated his value and worth while residing in Boston but to travel the Bangladesh Avatary metorpolish required a recalculation, integration, and calibration of all accounting systems, sensor arrays, and interaction modes.
Even though Sam spoke some Hindu he was going to have to rely on the electronic interpreter because his trip would take him into rural India where the dialect was unfamiliar. Not only was the language, customs, and cuisine different but so were the algorithms his relative worth and public persona would be recalculated upon arriving and every thing he did and said would be revalued by the Bangladesh Avatar. Likewise everyone that he met or talked to would have their persona recalculated into his Boston Avatar scale.
Being human means your perceptions and understanding are affected by you biases and prejudices. Seeing is believing only is as good as your preconceived notions, abilities to stay focused and how much you are able to take in at any given moment. As a consequence it is easy for the magician to misdirect your attention while magically make something disappear. Because that is a trait of the human species not only magic but subterfuge makes dealing with people problematic. The god complex came about as a result of man’s need to deal with one another and his desire to not get taken to the cleaner. Buyer beware was never a good adage because it was impossible until now to see and know everything that was important to make sure that we weren’t being taken advantage of.
Sam could not visit another avatary to deal with the people honestly, openly, and transparently recognizing that a man’s nature is always dependent upon how much you know about him.
Fly over country had acquired a new meaning since the advent of Avataries. Those providences which were not accessible by the network, inadequately covered by sensors and cameras, or which choose not to be a part of the system were consider to be wilderness, frontiers, and places where it was not buyer beware but only the foolish dare tread. By and large there were not may of these places and most people had chosen not to populate or even frequent them but they still existed. One of governments roles was to protect the avatary border and to negotiate for the resources being mined and processed by the individuals contrary to the system.
Unlike the lawless west of the American History or even the world’s slums of recent history, law and order did prevail but it was based on the notion that if a man could lie he would and you were on your own when it came to figuring out how far you could trust someone. There were both nanny states and libertarian states, they were democratic as much as possible and capitalistic in general. The tendency however was to become an avatar state. Try as people would to not take part in the avatar system honesty was still the best policy even if it meant that the conditions for honesty were imposed. I may not like the idea that everything I think and do is recorded and scrutinized I can not dispute the fact that I don’t have to worry or be afraid, my family is at risk or my well being will be stolen. Conversely once I become free from the constraints of secrecy and deceit, from the disabling consequences of other peoples secrecy and deceit then my enthusiasm for life, my righteous desires to succeed and prosper become assets to society.