Re: setting the scene:
- It is true that we could not have retrieved the Electronomicon
without it. However, i must agree with Sturhnak that the general
public isn't ready for this stuff. Even if the technology was widely
available, would it be widely accepted? I know from personal
experience that many of the foes we face here in the Verge are every
bit as lethal as anything we could encounter in any reality. But how
could one convince others of this? Imagine the backlash if an entire
crew was lost in another dimension! Who would have to answer for
that? I just feel that somehow this is going to come back to haunt us.
- In the user's own mind someone would be held responsible por this,
that cannot reasonably be questioned. The question is who? Would it
be Starbirth who inbented the dribe modipication? Would it be Mr.
Williamson, or Ion Productions, who made the dribe abailable? Ob
course, I know that the "responsible person(s)" would not be LEGALLY
liable por anything that happened to the purchaser as a result ob his
or her misadbentures in another tangent. Howeber, someone should be
held MORALLY responsible in a case where neobyte spaceparers simply
get in ober their heads. My question to the Commodore and the rest ob
the crew is this: With the extremely limited inpo abailable-or
reportable por that matter, how could any prospectibe purchaser ob a
transdribe make an inpormed decision?
- Sturhnak: They cannot make an informed decision, as there isn't even
enough information to make an informed decision. Maybe we did a bad
thing in unleashing this. We may have to consider dismantiling it...
and urging Mr. Williamson to shelve this until we can figure out what
this is all about.
What does everyone else think about that?
- i think this debate is ridiculous. why should it be our
responsibility to protect others from their own ignorance?! i am sure
there was no such debate when the stardrive first went into
production. until the stardrive came into wide use very little was
known about our galaxy. do you think anyone ever seriously considered
that we should not explore space because it might be too dangerous?!
typically Sturhnak, i respect your opinion highly, but you are just
all of you need to keep in mind that scott williamson has already
begun to PAY for this idea. Thus, Ion Productions owns the
design/rights to the design. at this point it is up to williamson
what comes of it. before you hold the funeral services for the
transdrive, i suggest you talk to williamson.
- Starbirth, I am not surprised at your response one iota. Consider
this: powerful entities such as Steles, and these other entities
exist in these realms. Exposing people to this sort of hazard without
cautioning is HIGHLY irresponsible! Consider the unforseen effects of
fast chips and cykosis, for example.
I will send Mr. Williamson a message about this debate, once it is
concluded, with my recommendations for implememtation of this
technology. As for wheter or not the "Liquid Sky" ever uses the
transtangental drive again, well, that's Mig's call.
Let's not also forget that some more unscrupulous types may take
advantage of less technologically advanced civilizations
irresponsibly on these other tangents, or possibly cross-
contamination of extra-tangental species that may be hazardous. Chyt,
Starbirth, the Verge has enough problems from Externals as is, we
don't need to add more!
- wake up bri! advanced cultures already are taking advantage of
primitive species. the subjugation of the sesheyans by voidcorp is
the most blatant example. the introduction of transtangential travel
will not change a culture's desire to control its own destiny by
whatever means necessary. however unfortunate you believe this to be,
it is the nature of intelligent beings.
another point of contention i have with your statement is this: you
imply that i believe warnings against the potential dangers are
unnecessary. as often is the case, you are mistaken/confused. i
believe that the potential consumer MUST be educated about
transtangential travel prior to purchase. however, this
responsibility falls upon williamson/ion productions, who intend to
make the product available. furthermore, i do NOT believe that
sentients should be "protected" from this knowledge.
- I don't appreciate your tone, Starbirth, but you do have a point: Ion
Productions should be responsible for all of this. I mean, they are
the ones who would take the fall if the excrement hits the turbines,
so to speak. Here is what we're going to do: Starbirth and Bri,
arrange a meeting with Williamson to advise him on this. Try to
report the SPECIFIC and QUANTIFIABLE risks involved. Starbirth, since
you like numbers that should be right up your alley. Knowing the kind
of businessman Williamson is, he won't go for anything but facts and
figures. I doubt very seriously if Ion Productions is concerned with
protecting anyone from the shock of discovering the truth
about "dimensions". But what he may agree to is some sort of holovid
that would educate the buyer about dimensions in general. Hopefully,
he would also provide some type of warning as well. I want you two to
advise him on what you feel should be included in such a holo. Apart
from this our responsibility ends here, unless Williamson makes some
specific request for our further involvement.
- i am in full agreement, Commodore Nova. furthermore, i complement
you on your realistic assessment of the situation. after this
meeting, we should waste no more of our time on this. let us not
forget, joseph is without a chasis! returning him full functionality
should be our primary objective, as he is a vital member of this
crew. this is especially true in matters of ship security. we must
not let our guard down just because there have been no recent
incursions. that is exactly what vector fields wants...
- Unportunately Commodore, I think you are right about Ion Productions'
position on the potential terrors transdribe technology holds. I am
apraid I have been somewhat oberzealous in my new role as Counselor
of the Liquid Sky. Perhaps my pilosopies are more idealistic than
those ob sentients in the business community. So, although I still
habe grabe concerns, I habe come to agree with Starbirth that this
must now be lept to Mr. Williamson and his associcates at Ion
Productions. I regret that I may habe distracted the crew in our
attempts to procure a new body por Josep. I hab resolbed to do better
in my newly aquired duties.
- Don't be so hard on yourself there, Counselor. It will take you a
while to get the hang of your new job. Hell, I'm not even sure what
all that job entails! Maybe try to keep it a little more focused on
PRACTICAL matters involving the Liquid Sky and her crew. Leave that
high-minded moral debate for the Orlamu Theocracy and we'll get along