Memegineering that is obscure, hidden, and untraceable, even by average memegineering standards. It is usually believed that the higher the toposophic the greater the cryptomemetic index, but this is not necessarily the case. Some high transapients resort to memegineering that is obvious even to a talented superbright, while conversely some superbrights have shown themselves to be very capable cryptomemgineers.
- Cryptography - Text by Anders Sandberg
The art of creating and using cryptosystems. A cryptosystem (or cipher system) is a method of disguising messages so that only certain people can see through the disguise, e.g, encryption. Cryptanalysis is the art of breaking cryptosystems - seeing through the disguise even when you're not supposed to be able to. Cryptology is the study of both cryptography and cryptanalysis. Very popular in the Cyberian worlds, where there is an obsession with personal privacy.
- Cryptomemetic Index - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The degree to which an engineered meme cannot be detected, even by conventional memetic analysis. It is based on a complex of factors, most of which are incomprehensible to subsingularitan sophonts.
- Cryptotech - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Technology about which there is debate whether it really even exists. Cryptotech may be obscure, very rare, and/or high toposophic tech, or transapient tech and above that for whatever reason doesn't fit into current lower toposophic understanding. The study of cryptotech is called cryptotechology, the design and construction of (authentic) cryptotech is cryptotechnology.
- Cryptotechnology - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The design of tech intended, deliberately or by accident, to be obscure. Theoretically, anything, even macroscale dumbtech, can be cryptotech. The term however is more often applied to more dramatic high ultratech, transapientech or godtech creations. And while many cryptotechnologists tend to be higher toposophic minds whose motives and logic are often incomprehensible to lower beings, it is also possible for a dedicated and highly augmented ordinary sapient to design simpler forms of cryptotech; perhaps as a hobby, a joke, a unique craft, or a form of memegineering.
- Cryptotechology - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
The study of hidden, obscure, very rare, and/or often high toposophic tech.
Some Cryptotechnology is actually nothing but rumor or memetic ploy (this is sometimes known as rumorware), but others are genuine devices, sometimes rare and one-off, sometimes dangerous, sometimes just inscrutable to lower toposophics. Because of the difficulty of procuring cryptotech, cryptotechologists themselves disagree over what is authentic and what is mere folklore.
- Meme Bug - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A sentient modified to memetically infect higher toposophics. May be malicious or harmless. Meme Bugs are usually subsapient, but there are also sapient and even transapient variants. Their whole purpose is tied up with carrying the meme and infecting the target. Some types of Madverts are Meme Bugs that have been reversed engineered and given a different payload.
- Memetic Demons
- Memetic Infector - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A sapient being used to infect societies or communities with a partiucular memeset. Memetic infectors resemble ordinary sophonts, but may differ psychologically, often having fanatical or one-sided enthusiasm for the meme-plex they are carrying. Infectors may be replicators (viruses) or non-replicators (memengers).
- Memetic War - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
A war of ideology and persuasion rather than weaponry or military might. Most transapients and archai uses memetics when dealing with lower toposophics and subsingulitaritans, few resort to anything as crude as actual hardware or software weaponry. Examples of memetic warriors might be PR agents, priest, poets, empaths.
- Multipart Memetic Assault