There are a lot of ways in which software can be used to make perfect copies, replicating human weaknesses and creating geniuses. Sometimes it's subtle, and often just plain useful.
In the case of Biohacking, which has seen the release of an astonishing 800 microdub videos and hundreds of hours of video recordings of human beings taking over the functions of slightly-off-planet Replicants, the potential audience for such a scheme was limited.
Biohackers have been able to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from the mysterious founder of Andreessen Horowitz, who has also released the following video in response to the announcement of the Patreon Warhead Project:
If you aren't familiar with Andreessen Horowitz' projects, they're like Kickstarter groups for the internet's richest man. They have a mission to make sure that money gets into the hands of the few, and want to see how far they can push the boundaries of what is possible. They have raised over $14 million through their Kickstarter campaign, and are still in the early stages of delivering the game to their backers.
With a goal of $30,000, they will donate the rest of the money they have saved to charity. This will go towards the costs of the game's interior and exterior design, as well as the legal fees for the backers to pay. If enough of their pledged dollars are used to pay for this project, they will also give away another $5 of these funds, which they will use to pay the hosting and security costs of every subsequent pledge, so that if enough people pledge $30 or more they will have the opportunity to see the game at their next location.
If enough people pledge $35 or more, they will get a sneak peak at the game's interior and exterior, which will be released as a free open-world game on XBLA in 2019.
There are also two other potential Kickstarter games that would be equally intriguing as DLCs for the game. The first involves injecting some of the player's most bitter, sickest, and most cynical feelings, and replacing them with viral content.
The viral content for Blood Money is a simple story about the corruption of politics in the world and the monetary gains that result from it, along with the bonus content described under "other ways the player could be a “lazy rich and get rich quick."
The viral content for The Dwarves Project is a much more complex game, and centers around a dwarven warlock named Nell. Nell's goal is to create a currency called Blood, which he intends to use to buy powerful magical items and to use this money to defend his people against the blood elves.
The second potential expansion to the game is a trade promotion, in which the player can enjoy an alternate reality in which the government forces that make up the majority of the population of the world ban certain foods and drink certain alcoholic beverages, forcing the population to make do with their extra blood supply.
The most exciting and consequential expansion to the game already exists, and it's called "Planet Noire." Nell's game is called "Infinite Bodies," and if you play through the first four hours you may be able to feel the magic happen, but be on the run from the governments or the corporations that make up the majority of the human population. If you play through the last four hours and not see a single presence of an ounce (or all three), you may not be a million miles away from a Replicant dystopia.
Being a replicant is, at its core, a kind of bingo: everyone plays a game to get the best price possible, and they find each other after a while. It's a mutually assured destruction situation: everyone gets what they wanted, and as a society, we try to deal with the worst tendencies of the out-of-control technology.
Although it may not be as tangible as finding a wallet to hold all of your belongings, it’s very possible to smuggle small items like a watch, an envelope, or your children to dole out to your clique.
What is the future of replicantism?
Warmer than usual seas
In the distant future, there are no record of a single living creatures left - yet living organisms are brought back to life in some fashion after death - often for medical or scientific experiments.
Many of these instances of bringing back a previously dead creature from the dead are extremely rare, and can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Lifespan research into resurrecting dead creatures is underway, but is only ongoing between Institutes for Health and the Ransomware Initiative.
Most of the research into replicating and Replicantism is geared towards advanced stages of the disease, but there are still people who want to try something different. Some people have tried cannibalism, with hot dogs and wine, but no results came out. Some more desperate than others,