After a few years, I bought the third edition book for the game. I was pleasantly surprised to see that since the game was set some 50 years or so into the future, that they had moved the setting year to accommodate the fact that the supposed “future” they were setting in the game was drawing nearer (and none of the games “predictions” had come to pass). More recently when I acquired the 4th Edition book I found that not only had they moved the dates again, but that they had also updated a lot of the technology.
It would that when it comes to certain fields of technological advancement, even human imagination sometimes pales in comparison to what eventually comes to be.
And so, the cyberpunk world I grew up imagining no longer has such an incredible need for something – and that something was pretty much the base of almost everything in that world I imagined: wires.
Cybernetic implants, flying cars, amazing computers, intelligent weapons and even the Matrix were all made possible because of the crap-load of wires that connected them all. Sure, wires are messy and complicated, but the aesthetics of tangled, excessive wires were as much of a part of my cyberpunk world as were all the things they we plugged in to. Cleaning it all up and giving everything a much more “organized” look would have looked pretty cool just as well – but it just didn’t go along with the pessimistic view of humanity’s future that cyberpunk championed. We would have our technological wonders, but at the cost of a much more complicated, tangled life.
Seeing the way technology is going, I see wires as something that will be used less and less. Eventually they’ll be used only when strictly necessary and then who knows? Maybe someday wires will be a thing of the past entirely.
But my cyberpunk world will always be wired. I for no other good reason, then just because it looks bad-ass.
NOTE1: This doesn’t apply to the back of my computer, which is about as tangled and messy as the back of a single desktop PC can get. In this case, I wish it would all just be wireless.
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