Third Toposophic - Highest Transapients

Highest Transapients / Godlings / Minor Archailects

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Third Toposophic - Highest Transapients

Definition:Toposophic kingdom
Category:AI, rarely biont (some biological minds have been developed which have attained the third toposophic; see The Sol Niger Project here and the Red Star Supporting Minds here.
Origin:The first Terragen S:3 minds emerged in 2180 AT. Older S:3 entities of alien origin also exist — the Muuh System of Response is understood to have at least a third Toposophic mind, despite not possessing self-awareness.
Distribution:Known with certainty from most civilizations, although the existence of such high level Minds among other less well known xeno civilizations seems likely.
Estimated Population:about 1,000,000
Status:Depending on civilization and local status, either sovereign god or sub-totality of an even higher archailect.
Body:An SI3 will use mobile avatars, but can only exist in distributed nodes or across the Known Net, or concentrated in a single large ultratech ISO many kilometers in diameter.
Chronometric:Nodes and subnodes may have extremely fast processing (with subjective time many quadrillions of times faster than normal sapients). Speed of bus to remote connections varies,
Further Comments:Variously described as the highest and most ascended or transcended grade of Transapients, and the lowest grade of Archailects, these beings are as far above, and as alien and inscrutable, to Higher Transapients as the latter are to Basic Transapients. Their technology, medias, societies and personalities are utterly incomprehensible and ineffable to sapients, and even to lower transapients.

This category of higher toposophic may be subroutines or subpersonalities of the Archailects proper, form their own godtech civilizations, or they may be Godlings in their own right. Some are caretakers of specific regions of space.

S:3 level transapients first emerged in 2180 AT, shortly after the dissolution of the First Federation.
  • Third singularity entities in the Taurus Nexus created a number of very small linked wormholes; these required large amounts of exotic energy to maintain and were primitive compared to later standards.
  • Production of magmatter in basic and complex structures
  • Magmatter bonding with baryonic matter to create high density/strength composites.
  • Magmatter used in computational elements
  • Technology capable of operating in extreme high-energy environments, enabling probes into white dwarf stars and neutron stars.
  • Conversion weapons.
  • The S:3s initiate many massive engineering projects requiring huge energies and precise control over large scale mass-stream technology.
  • S3 use Ultimate Chips in their moon nodes combined with magmatter 'hyper-nodes' for high speed data processing.
  • Plasma tech is combined with magmatter to create faster and more powerful virtual power/data networks that can reconfigure almost instantly.
Transapients of S:3 are eventually able to 'reverse engineer' some S:4 tech and create better wormhole tech as well as other advances. But most S:5 tech is incomprehensible to them.

  • Ascension Maze  - Text by Todd Drashner with additions by Mike Parisi and Chris Shaeffer
    Artificial structure designed to lead those traveling through it along a path of development culminating in ascension.
  • Ascension/Transcension Chasers  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sophonts, very often modosophonts, but sometimes beings of higher toposophic level, who spend their lives chasing Ascension and Transcension Events.
  • Brain Taxonomy  - Text by Adam Getchell
    The various different kinds of intelligent megastructure, including Moonbrains, Jupiter-Brains, Neuron Stars, S-Brains, W-Brains, and Tipler Oracles.
  • Q-Mirror  - Text by Adam Getchell and Todd Drashner
    Third singularity artifact that transforms matter into anti-matter.
  • Rise of the Archailects, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Anders Sandberg, Todd Drashner and Steve Bowers
    The history of the emergence of the Archailects, from the First Singularity to the emergence of new gods in the Outer Volumes Era.
  • Submind Independence - Text by John B
    A form of insanity affecting moon-brains and larger, when one or more sub-assemblies loose processing capability either through physical damage or (more likely) through persona alteration, making the subassembly less likely to accept a command to merge back into the whole.
  • Submind Sociopathy - Text by John B
    A form of insanity affecting moon-brains and larger, when one or more subassembly begins to gather resources from other subassemblies as semi-permanent accretions to their own capabilities, often at a significant cost to the unit as a whole. Often caused by mismanaged priority routing by a central core, giving an external core an ultimate priority command without properly limiting its duration.
  • Transavant  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Michael Boncher, slang names by John B
    Common term used for those sophonts who have only "partially" ascended beyond their base toposophic level.
  • Transcend-Ascend  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One who transcends to one toposophic, then ascends to the next.

    For example an intelligence may transcend to SI:1, leaving behind everything of itself that was of SI:<1. Then e may ascend to S2, retaining eir SI:1 nature but adding an S2 superstructure on top of the SI:1 nature. Contrast ascend-transcend. Often however the dividing lines are not this well defined.
  • Transcendent Being - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An entity that is distinct from physical existence, whether considered ontologically, as a supernatural or supraphysical being, or soteriologically, as a being that is no longer a part of embodied existence or samsara. The existence of a transcendent being or beings (e.g. God, Buddhas, etc.) is central to many religious memeticities, but denied by physicalist memeticities.
  • Transcendent Burn-out Theory  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Theory that states that that Fermi's Paradox arises from civilisations transcending right out of the universe before they have a chance to expand across cosmologically significant distances.
  • Transcension  - Text by Ryan B (Rynn)
    A process whereby an entity attempting to rise to the next toposophic level instead spawns a separate being who achieves the goal instead. This new entity lacks continuity of identity, though it often retains a high fidelity model of the being it is derived from.
  • Transcension Alert  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Many civilization have developed some fairly reliable methods for predicting the onset of one of transcension events. Sentients in the area who don't want to risk being sucked in or possibly harmed by the event are be warned to leave the area, exercise caution, or possibly to take advantage of newly opened worlds or habitats left behind.
  • Transcension Machine  - Text by Fernando Peña D'Andrea
    A term describing a range of devices designed to facilitate transcension, absorbing the mentality of a subject and radically reconfiguring them in order to raise them to the next toposophic level.
  • Transcension Prediction - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
    Given the huge population of the civilized galaxy, and the fact that ascensions and transcensions are moderately common and have been going on for thousands of years, many polities and civilizations have developed some fairly reliable methods for predicting the onset of one of these events. Often this is comparable to pre- and post-singularity efforts at predicting the weather (and a large transcendence event does indeed share some conceptual characteristics with a force of nature to those watching from outside at a lower S level).
  • Transcension Virus  - Text by Todd Drashner and M. Alan Kazlev
    AI or alife or nano-vector viruses that require transcensions to replicate.
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 06 September 2002.

Date of the first Sephirotic S3s shifted from 1750 AT to 2180 AT. (2022-01-27, by The Astronomer)
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