The world is a tough place and human nature unchanging but the desire to be safe leads most people to places where they don’t have to constantly worry about being in danger. Even in the future where the global mind is active and constantly informs those who are connect those that are not connected can only be identified. Nothing more accompanies them as it does those who are connected. Every degree of information is available. From those whose portfolio and profile matches others maybe even yourself to very simply judged by your appearance.
The one thing that is constant is that you can feel safe in the sanctuary. Not so outside of it.
So discrimination once considered taboo even counter cultural is replaced by informed discretion and educated decision-making based on practically instantaneous feed back to you every movement. As I approach you the global mind presents my credentials. First of all, my value to the community in relationship to my worth as a contributing member. You can still judge me by my appearance but you can also see, at a glance, the information filtered by your preferences. As you scan the information being projected into you eye focusing on the information you want to see the global mind perceives it and add more information it. Depending on your attention span and available time you can relatively quickly know what you want and decide whether to engage in conversation. The same goes for me. Perhaps I have previously inquired about you so my information about you is more in depth, but there is still more to know that is why I am approaching you. Margret, I say, I am very interested in your research and have planned to me with you for some time. Thank you for agreeing to me. Could I get you favorite drink or would you like something else. I am guessing your choice is already to be picked up but perhaps the algorithm can be fooled if we try.
In the sanctuary those who are residents are suitable in nature and character. Their values and priorities are similar. They contribute to the welfare of community and add value to the society. Visitors can come and go but their suitability for the each sanctuary is calculated by the GM and visible to anyone in their proximity. Dozens of people cross the threshold from outside to inside with no hint of control or observation, however, a stranger was discretely directed by the security system to the security portal. He for some reason has little or no information available. As soon as he steps up to the platform he is met immediately at the gate by those responsible for security.
Tom’s right hand was positioned over his stun gun as the stranger approached. The bulletproof glass door was still shut but communicating with him both verbally and visually was not impeded. “Do you have a reason to be here” Tom said to the stranger who has stopped just beyond the door. ” Yes’ said the man ” I am here to see Jonathan Keller” he said. Tom’s eye focused on the readout and there was nothing to see. “I do not see you security clearance and there is no indication that your RFID is working” ” have you told him that you were coming so that he can be here to justify you entry?” Tom continued, “I suggest you give him a call”. The man appeared to be reaching into his coat for a phone but drew out a laser pistol. Just as he pointed it toward Tom he was instantaneously shocked by a focused beam of electrons knocking him to the ground and incapacitating him.
Tom reported the incident on his phone even though the information had already been transmitted to security. “We are on the way replied the voice of Stan the chief of security.
No sooner had they open the door to go out side but a rocket-propelled grenade whistled past them and exploded as it hit the back wall. Killing some of the security detail and disabling the others. Several smaller explosions could be heard as the invaders shot the electronic cannons on either side of the portal.
With the door open and the security system broke a dozen men rushed towards the door. Only this time they were not met with the electronic defense but lethal force knocking the down killing most but not all.
This time the security contingent was much stronger and more pre-cautious. One survivor was apprehended and delivered to the hospital’s security suite. As far as we can tell they were here to try and take hostages with the intent ransom.