The year is 2185. Many decades ago humanity lost itself in technology. It started when all of the social media and wireless industry giants decided that people needed to know each other better. The powers that be decided that we all needed to communicate faster and we all needed to be able to share more information with each other.
So Facebook, Twitter, Google, AT&T, Microsoft and more all merged to create one giant conglomerate. They called the combined entity Synprint. Synprint’s new technology erased the need for cell phones and skipped the controversy with microchips. They introduced people to the genius idea of synthetic social printing. Before it became what we fear today, it was very simple.
In its early stages, Synprint was merely an advanced way to share your social world with the people you interact with on a daily basis. Initially you had to buy uncomfortable glasses or heavy gloves that allowed you to call, message, exchange information and interact with a simple glance or handshake.
It was costly though. The price made even the rich cringe. Hardly anyone could afford it. But those who could afford it made enough noise to push the initiative forward and get it better refined. Synprint spent trillions on the technology to make it easier and more affordable. The glasses and gloves were then replaced with what we know now as synthetic social printing.
With all of its resources, Synprint found a way to print its technology directly onto your skin. Every inch of you was digitally branded with their tech. Each synthetic social print was fused with a specific wireless signal that other people could connect to. The security parameters around it allowed you to only sync to someone that was in your family or people close to you.
The synthetic social print allowed you to simply think of who you wanted to talk to and from a simple thought the call would be made. The two of you would then be able to speak as if you were right next to each other.
Walking around the city became a storefront of status updates and information sharing. People’s personal mood or plan was continuously updated across their synthetic social print with a single thought. You could sit down on a blind date and share your access point with someone and in minutes they would know everything about you. Small talk vanished. Whoever you shared your synthetic social print with had access to every part of your life.
This was version 1.0. The security around this technology was of the highest sort. No one could hack into a person’s synthetic print. It was all dangerous and risky but the world exploded with interest. Everyone was so interested in making life easier and making things faster. The possibilities were endless with Synprint. Synthetic social printing was a monumental advancement in Synprint’s plan. Social media was no more. Social sharing was redefined.
As the years mounted, Synprint continued to refine its technology. At the turn of every year and every new iteration, the dangers of synthetic social printing began to creep up. In different cities across the nation people were reporting memory loss, theft and in some extreme cases, death. Authorities purposefully turned a blind eye to claims against Synprint. The budget was as high in the department as it had ever been and the former chief didn’t care to rock the boat. So despite the early warning signs, Synprint was allowed to forge on.
Decades after version 1.0, Synprint introduced the latest version of their technology. They called it version Zeta Alpha. Zeta Alpha started the end of society and culture. Zeta Alpha was a world event that changed everything. With this latest version, Synprint found a way for you to do more than just share your daily routine with people. They found a way for you to give your routine to people. I remember the commercial when it first aired.
“Stuck at the job? You don’t have to quit! Just give yourself and your job to someone else for the day! Zeta Alpha printing makes changing your life as easy as changing your pants.”
The technology had advanced far enough to allow remote access to your synthetic social print. You could literally allow someone to control you. Whoever you gave the proper privacy control to was given access to your life and all that it entailed. They knew your memories, your routine … they knew every little secret you’ve never shared.
When you initiated a Zeta Alpha remote access sync with someone, they became you. The way that your synthetic social print worked now was to create a digital map of you. When you shared it with Zeta Alpha that person’s own digital print was replaced with yours. It was a complete replica and overlay of yourself. The person looked like you, talked like you and knew everything about you. You would then take a nap or check into your favorite dream while the person you were linked to did your crap job for the day.
There were a variety of cases that Synprint showed in its demo to make Zeta Alpha more attractive. Couples who had a horrible sex life could initiate a Zeta Alpha link with different partners to get more out of the experience. Synprint claimed it saved marriages and even lives in some cases. In one particular case, Synprint highlighted how Zeta Alpha was used in a local robbery when police couldn’t respond.
The owner of a local synthetic printing store was being held at gunpoint. The suspect was demanding access codes to his clients. The owner was terrified on the footage they showed but he managed to connect to his brother with Zeta Alpha. His brother was a mixed martial arts fighter and he beat the guy with the gun to a pulp.
Synprint played events like that to the public repeatedly. Despite the risks, Zeta Alpha was mass produced. The entire world had their bodies printed with it. Babies were born printed with Zeta Alpha. Synprint had done the unthinkable and it was easy to gain or give remote access to people.
They thought it was secure enough. The security measures they used limited the distance and number of people you could use Zeta Alpha with. There was a very strict procedure in place to even get access to someone’s Zeta Alpha print. But all things generally lead to the unexpected.
In 2115, Synprint’s facilities were compromised. The wrong people got their hands on the right information and changed the world. A few weeks after the break in, reports started coming in from people who were missing family members. People started showing up in places they hadn’t been before. It was all hard to ignore.
Authorities had a new crime to deal with. People’s synthetic social print was being stolen. Had it remained that simple, things might not have been so bad. But then the murders started.
Zeta Alpha had a security feature that had gone unreleased to public knowledge due to concerns. This security feature was put in place to block the sharing of emotions. You could share anything about yourself but your emotions were off limits. The agreements that people signed failed to mention that it was necessary to even block this type of sharing. But it was necessary. Synprint knew the dangers.
Exposing this feature was something Synprint feared but ignored. They didn’t tell the authorities about it during the initial aftermath of the break in but everyone soon figured it out. When you stole someone’s synthetic social print, it was always just information. Sure you could use the social print to steal fortunes but an unlocked Zeta Alpha print, gave you all of their emotions. And that’s what someone had done. Whoever broke into Synprint was selling access to people’s unlocked Zeta Alpha print.
The unlocked print gave people access to the raw chemical composition that emotions carry and it drove them crazy. The technology had fused with a person’s genetic emotional design in such a way that it created a drug unlike anything we had seen. It was a drug that made any other drug before it seem like rotten candy.
Synprint tried its best to do damage control but it was too late. Seven days is all it took before things got out of hand and became uncontrollable. Soon, stealing or hijacking someone’s Zeta Alpha print was the only way to live.