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The Average Citizen of the Sephirotic Empires; not necessarily human, but roughly equivalent in capability.

Typically the most common form of sophont in the Civilised Galaxy, a modosophont can be a baseline or near-baseline human, or a member of a human derived species, or a provolve, a vec, an alife or any of the hybrid phyles such as cyborgs.

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From Mode (in statistics, the value that has the largest number of observations) and Sophont (a self aware,"wise" being).

1. Sapient being of less than transapient level. SI:>1 on the Berram7 Singularity Scale (namely sapient, turingrade to superturing and any self-aware being under first singularity)

1. Possessing a level of sapience less than transapient but greater than an non-sapient animal. A typical sophont.
2. Of, relating to, or characteristic of, a modosophont.

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Modosophont Technology

Before the First Singularity, Human baselines and other modosophonts developed basic artificially intelligent entities, basic human augmentics, basic nanotechnology, biotechnology, synsects, and 'Stage 1' programmable matter.

Core technologies developed before the First Singularity

• Forge-based nanotech.
• Some limited nanoswarm (goo) tech, but control and stability issues limited the application of swarm technology.
• Synsect swarms were developed, but with a restrictive upper limit to effective coordination/control. Above several million units, control issues became overwhelming for either synsect or nanoswarms operating in a natural environment and performing complex or varying tasks without external control signals.
• Utility Fog and smart, programmable matter developed.
• Antimatter weapons such as Boom Bullets; but antimatter remains expensive.
• 'Plasma conduit' electrical transmission technology, allowing high energy currents to be transferred using controlled beams of plasma.
• Advanced lasers for energy transmission, in-flight particle defence lasers for spacecraft, weapons, igniting/maintain reactions in fusion/conversion reactors.
• Propulsion Technology:
Chemical Rockets, Fission, Fusion, Beamed Propulsion, Antimatter-catalysed and basic Antimatter propulsion.
• Basic mass-stream technology such as the Lofstrom Loop.
• Destructive and Gradual Uploading technology

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By studying technology developed by S:1 transapients, modosophonts have been able to 'reverse engineer' some of the simplest processes, thereby greatly improving their own nanotech, propulsion and neurotechnology.
Some technologies were developed by transapients who then either gave them directly to modosophonts as gift technologies, or gave them pointers, guidance or simply vague hints which allowed the modos to invent the technology in question independently.

Other technologies were invented by transaps but were never given to modos, who nevertheless developed them independently later, sometimes by reverse engineering, sometimes with little or nothing to go on but a few vague rumours.

A few technologies were developed by modos on their own in their own time, and apparently never developed by transapients or never explicitly revealed to modos.

On the other hand many highly advanced technologies were developed by transaps and have remained beyond modosophont understanding and seem likely to remain so.

See also Modosophont level Hi-tech
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Slang Terms for Modosophonts

Modie, Modo - relatively polite terms used throughout the Terragen Sphere
Mo-pho, Mofo - somewhat less polite slang versions of the term Modosophont, often used as an expletive or perjorative.
Neb, Nebbish - slang for nearbaseline (of any species, but often nearbaseline human)
Pleb- prefix denoting mediocre or average, as in plebhu, plebvec, plebtweak and so on.

Hot, HOT, 'hard of thinking' The term "hot" or closely similar variants is widespread throughout Anglic languages to denote baselines and it is of great antiquity. Examples have been found dating back to the first millenium A.T. Many etymologies have been proposed but only three are still taken seriously.

1) For reasons now unknown, the first superturings and the early transapients were termed "cool". Those below that intelligence level acquired the epithet "hot" as an antonym. Initially used only adjectivally the term subsequently became a noun. C.f. "red" as a term for a member of any of many political groupings past and present

2) A monosyllabic interrogative pronoun *at or *ot exists in essentially all languages in the Anglic family. The oldest known variant is hwæt. In English from at least the industrial age the two leading consonants had been transposed and the word became what. Curiously and again for unknown reasons the vowel sound changed to o despite the spelling remaining constant. Subsequently, the h and/or the w consonants were dropped in some dialects and the spelling rationalized so the vowel was written as pronounced ---- o. The spelling wot appears in the first century A.T and may be somewhat earlier. Hot appears rather later in surviving records but may have been contemporaneous with what, wot and wat; the hat variant seems to have taken at least several decades more to develop.

The early su and S1 entities were amused by commonly hearing "Hot?" in response to attempted explanations and the term stuck.

3) An abbreviation of "hard of thinking".

  • Clade (sophontology)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A common evolutionary branch of mindkind, defined by having a single common ancestor or common template (or both) which serves as the distinguishing characteristics for all members of that clade.
  • Cladistics - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The science of creating evolutionary trees of ancestry and descent; classifying organisms based on common ancestry and the branching of the evolutionary family tree. Organisms or entities that share common ancestors (and therefore have similar features) are grouped into taxonomic groups called clades. Cladistics can also be used to predict properties of yet-to-be discovered organisms. May refer to a biological phylogeny or a House or clan history.
  • Class (sophontology)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A major category of sapient beings, as defined by one or a few basic but distinctive and generic qualities, not necessarily connected by ancestry (i.e. biont, ai, vec, bioborg).
  • Flatland, Flatlander - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Flatland is a term for the state of existence beneath the first singularity Flatlander is a sentient being of SI:<1 toposophic. These terms are derived from Old Earth Atomic Age hu Edwin A. Abbot's mathematical fantasy Flatland: a Romance of Many Dimensions which describes two-dimensional creatures unaware of the third dimension of space.
  • Fragmentation  - Text by You can call me Al for now
    A form of temporary abdication, sometimes done voluntary but usually a form of punishment that higher transapients inflict on lower transapients for overstepping their bounds in dealing with nearbaselines or equivalent sapients.
  • Inhabitants of the Sephirotic Empires  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, amended by Steve Bowers
    The major classes of thinking being which inhabit the typical Sephirotic Empire.
  • Ireaders  - Text by Tony Jones
    Modification — later clade — with increased linguistic ability, extending it to give an instinctive childhood ability to learn not only spoken but also written language, as easily as an unmodified baseline human learns to speak.
  • Leftbehind  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sometimes when a sophont ascends to a new toposophic level, it leaves behind or constructs or copies one or more representatives of its pre-ascended state. These leftbehinds may maintain a close connection with their Greater Self, serving as fully free proxavs. Or they may be released or encouraged to explore alternative (non-ascended) destinies. Sometimes Leftbehinds themselves eventually ascend, and in some these cases in turn leave their own leftbehinds.
  • Morphotype  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    In biology, or in the study of clades, a shared shape and general appearance, regardless of origin or relationship. The result of convergent evolution in natural beings, or of common design solutions or purposeful imitation in artificial beings.
  • Musical Eugenic - Text by Jay Dugger and John B
    Any individual or clade geneered for musical talent or traits.
  • Neb  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Colloquial term for a human nearbaseline.
  • Optimals  - Text by Tony Jones
    Any of a wide variety of bionts who have been re-engineered not for superior mental or physical skills, but simply to make their functioning as streamlined and biologically efficient as possible.
  • Pronouns, Anglish  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Daniel Eliot Boese, Mark Ryherd, Stephen Inniss and Steve Bowers
    A number of new pronouns became current in Early and Middle Anglic and descended languages as new kinds of sentient being became common.
  • Retro Abo  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A population or individual that is the result of an attempt to reproduce the morphotype or even the culture and behaviour of some past clade, race, or local population. The term most often refers to individuals or groups who resemble past human baseline or nearbaseline groups.
  • Sentients Overview  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, some additional notes by John B
    A list of life-forms across Known Space.
  • Slearners  - Text by Tony Jones
    Modification - later clade - similar to Slinguists, but augmented in all the learning abilities of the sophont, allowing the acquisition of all kinds of skill, major and minor, physical and mental, with the same ease as a very young child.
  • Slinguists  - Text by Tony Jones
    Modification — later a clade — more advanced than Ireaders, having not just an instinctive childhood ability to learn written communications, but made that highly efficient childhood learning process a permanent second 'layer' of ability when learning to communicate.
  • Species  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The basic unit of biological classification in Linnean or neoLinnean systems.
  • Toposophic Level and Brain Size  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Processing Substrate Parameters, from Modosophont level to the Third Singularity.
  • Twin Clades  - Text by Matthew C. Johnson
    Biont clades which have been gengineered to consistently produce twin pregnancies.
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Development Notes
Text by Thorbjψrn Steen
Steve Bowers, Xilman
Initially published on 12 November 2005.