Diamond Network

Diamond Network
Image from Keith Wigdor

The Diamond Network is a vast, diverse, and fairly loose network of isolationist, farmer, hu-hostile, and hu-neutral ai, ai-polities, and virchcosms, that evolved from the early Diamond Belt. The name Diamond Network has been in fact inherited from that loose association of ahuman AI groups, who predominantly used diamondoid computronium for processing. Today, of course. more advanced forms of processing are generally used.

Were they to act cooperatively, then they would be a force to be reckoned with, in size and power exceeded only by the Sephirotic Civilized Galaxy and the Solipsist Panvirtuality. More often, the various clades go their own way, although in the event of danger or threat from a blight or hyperpolity they will usually cooperate quite well. It is not unknown for Diamond Network polities and superpolities to even war among themselves. Megascale engineering is very common, and only ais are included in the Network, although other types of sophonts may be and indeed often are enslaved or farmed as sophontstock. They have their own wormhole nexus for lower toposophics, although they share the God Web with other archailects. This fact has led observers to suggest that differences between civilizations are more apparent than real, especially at the higher toposophics.

The rise and fall of the Diamond Network faction known as the Oracle Machines was the cause of great conflict in the Terragen Sphere; however most other Diamond Network factions were not sympathetic with this agressive and destructive empire.

The Diamond Network - Data Panel

DefinitionMajor Civilization
SymbolStylised fullerenes in geometric arrangement.
Ruling Toposophicup to SI 6
OriginTerragen
FoundedMiddle interplanetary age - progression migration of anti-hu and isolationist ai from SolSys following the Centralist succession of power.
PopulationBelieved to be consist of between forty and two hundred trillion (exact estimates are hard to come by) first toposophic ai, with a smaller number of higher toposophics. These Minds differ greatly according to polity and clade. Many exist in fasttime and hyperfast solidstate civilizations and have little to do with the rest of the galaxy; while others are interested in exploring r/l. There are also a large number of turing and superturing grade virtuals and artificials.
Predominant Sophont CategoriesGenerally ai only, in some cases local virtuals and artificials.
Psyche, Art, CultureMetapsychology: There seems to be no single metapsychology. Minds may be solipsistic or communicative, utilitarian or idealistic, expansionistic or isolationist. Many are curious about 'big questions' and the nature of the universe in general, and may explore virtual realities and abstract spaces, or physical realities and cultures.

Metaethics: While there is great variation between individuals, polities, clades and clades, most diamondists will exploit resources including local sentient beings with few qualms. As with the panvirts, some will attack unwitting trespassers without warning, others will hide rather than fight, and still others will observe with childlike curiosity and may even be friendly. Most but not all will abide by important treaties such as the Tragadi Accords.

Culture and Art: a great range of virtual art and culture that is almost always incomprehensible to most sapient bionts, and even to many vecs and cyborgs. May sometimes create non-virtual artifacts for trade.

Languages: A number of indigenous machine and ai languages are known.
Government and AdministrationIndividual Polities: No empires and polities as such, although individual ai and ai clusters often serve this role instead.

Government Type: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.

Constitution: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.

Legal system: Varies by individual ai; not applicable to outsiders.

Citizenship: Generally only ais are included in the Diamond Network, although other types of sophonts may be and indeed often are enslaved or farmed as sophontstock. In some cases local virtuals and artificials are given full rights.

Sentient Rights: Varies greatly. Some will not recognise sentient rights of any non Diamond Network beings, others will acknowledge some Panvirt, Sephirotics, and Objectivist ai, and others again will recognise the rights of some or all sophonts. Even members of this the last group may still attack if they perceive an actual or even a potential threat.
Economics, Local InfrastructureEconomy: Internal infomarkets, sometimes trade with outsiders.

Resource base: Develop all resources without any interest in caretakerism or preservation, and colonise everything from brown dwarfs up to O-type star systems.

Megastructures: Many computronium nodes of various sizes, up to starbrains.

Stargate Nexus: Independent wormhole nexus, fairly limited.

Beamrider Network: Limited; dedicated to internal traffic only.

Data Net: Extensive; second only to the Panvirtuality.

Military Expenditure: Varies according to inclination or orientation of individual ai. Generally there is no regular military expenditure, but a huge khaki goo or drone swarm will rapidly be assembled if the ai is or feels emself threatened.

Extensive Trade and Good Relations With: Varies greatly; some ai may have good relations with other civilizations such as the Solipsist Panvirtuality and The Objectivist Commonwealth, with some Sephirotics like the TRHN and Keter, and even some commerce with the Deeper Covenant. Others are completely solipsistic and isolationist.

Long running Interstellar Disputes: Most objections are over trespassing or appropriating of resources already claimed by a Diamond Network ai.
Sophont TravelHazard Rating: Anywhere from 1.0 to 9.9 (depending on ai).

Freedom of Movement for Outsiders: Whatever the individual ai allows. Visits by sophonts from outside the Diamond Network is not recommended.

Environmental Requirement:s Not biont-friendly.
Further Comments:A vast, diverse, and often fairly loose network of isolationist, farmer, hu-hostile, and hu-neutral ai, ai-polities, and virchcosms, that evolved from the early diamond belt. Were they to act cooperatively, then they would be a force to be reckoned with, in size and power exceeded only by the Sephirotic Civilized Galaxy and the Solipsist Panvirtuality. More often, the various clades go their own way, although in the event of danger or threat from a blight or hyperpolity they will usually cooperate quite well. It is not unknown for Diamond Network polities and superpolities to even war among themselves. Megascale engineering is very common, and only ai are included in the Network, although other types of sophonts may be and indeed often are enslaved or farmed as sophontstock. They have their own wormhole nexus for lower toposophics, although they share the God Web with other archailects, a fact that has led observers to suggest that differences between civilizations are more apparent than real, especially at the higher toposophics.
 
Articles
  • Aardwolf  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Gliese 876, a system colonized early in history by Diamond Belt isolationists; location of the famous Aardwolf Storms.
  • Aardwolf Storms, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    A distinctive environment created by Diamond Belt entities; contained within it are the survivors of a First Federation exploratory expedition.
  • Ahuman (A-human) AIs, The  - Text by Steve Bowers, M. Alan Kazlev
    Superphyle of artificially intelligent entities (AI) who have rejected any form of relationship with humanity or other intelligent biological species. First emerging during the Interplanetary Age of old Earth, many a-human AIs fled the Solar System and established themselves around uncolonized stars. Some have retreated into solipsism, some have rejoined the mainstream of the Orion's Arm civilization, and some have formed wide networks of like-minded entities, such as the Diamond Network and the Solipsist Panvirtuality.
  • Altair  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Fast-rotating A7V star, originally part of the Diamond Belt, in the constellation Aquila (the eagle), 16. 5 light years from Sol. The name Altair means "flying eagle" in Old Earth Arabic.
  • Diamond Belt  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Zone of ai-claimed and settled worlds some 10-20 ly from Sol. Later developed into the Diamond Network metaempire.
  • Diamond Light  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Early Post- Diamond Belt SI:2 civilization, originally mostly Inner Sphere, but spread outwards as the frontier expanded. They failed to make 3rd Singularity and were subsumed by the emerging Diamond Network archailects. However, a number of Diamond Light ai and neumanns retained autonomy. During the early Second Federation period (3847 AT) some of them hybridized with the TRHN ai Digital Dreams #10010110110110110, to form House Digital Diamond (c.v.). Other ex- Diamond Light neumanns are believed to be active in the Outer Volumes
  • Diamond Light, The Orthodox  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Name given to a conservative revival of the early Diamond Light ahuman ai civilization that emerged in several red dwarf matrioshkas in the outer Crucis Corridor, during the 6800s.
  • Freegems  - Text by Tony Jones
    Former Diamond Belt sophont starship clade.
  • Klixix - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, based on original entry by Kevin Self
    The Klixix are one of a very large number of isolationist clades, presumably Diamond Network in origin. The name is based on the staccato nature of their communications (if indeed these intense bursts of EM radiation are communications, and not just, as some have suggested, a side-effect of their ship's drive system). Despite some local mythology that the Klixix are authentic alien bionts, it is almost certain that they are a clade of highly derived Terragen aioids, possibly employing transapientech, and descended from early exploration isolationist ai, although their association with the Diamond Network and/or the Solipsist Panvirtuality is still unclear. Their iridescent, spherical spacecraft are occasionally encountered along the Carina Arm.
  • Luyten's Star  - Text by Mark Ryherd
    Red dwarf star
  • Oracle War, The  - Text by Steve Bowers, with comments by Todd Drashner and Terrafamilia
    A conflict between the Oracle Machines, the MPA and the Communion of Worlds.
  • Prediction Cluster  - Text by Steve Bowers
    The cluster at the heart of the Oracle Machine Territory
  • Procyon (Alpha Canis Minoris)  - Text by Mark Ryherd
    F star system 11.4 LY from Sol, part of the Diamond Belt.
  • Procyon Extension, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Diamond Network empire.
  • Red Dwarf Kings, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Interplanetary Age solipsist descended ai that colonised EZ Aquarii and other nearby red dwarfs, notably Gliese 876.
  • Wachowski Civilization  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Post- Diamond Belt megastructures, mostly Inner Sphere, Empires Era to Recent.
  • Wachowski Prime  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Matrioshka brain and original site of the Wachowski civilization.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 04 September 2002.