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Prologue

Once upon a time, fire was at the cutting edge of technology. Those who had it were almost gods to those who didn’t. They were warm in the winter. They could live farther north and higher in the mountains. They could flush out game. They were sick less often and lived longer. Those who could actually make fire were gods among gods, creating the light and warmth and power it gave with their own two hands and some very particular stones.

Of course, we know now that fire isn’t magic. It might be “magical” to some people, beautiful and dangerous, flickering and dancing with a life of its own, but it is comprehensible to those who use it. Eventually, as more people used it and understood it, although its beauty and danger remained, it was not seen as magic. It was a tool — one of the first pieces of technology.
Arthur C. Clarke is quoted as saying that any sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic. Gregory Benford has replied that the reverse is also true: any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. The ancient Greeks certainly knew how to count and do mathematics; they practically invented geometry. Use an abacus in front of them and they will call it magic for a week or so, until they understand how it works. Use a slide rule and they will call it magic for years, until they grasp the new mathematics it embodies. Use a pocket calculator and they will call it magic until it wears out.

Something as “simple” as a shortwave radio, in the time of the Romans, would make you a god.

What counts as “sufficiently advanced” in this day and age? We use technology without understanding it every single day. For all most of us know, phones could work by little spirits instead of electrical impulses. Most of us act as if computers are run by demons. Even computer programmers will refer only half-jokingly to certain kinds of solutions as “black magic” and “voodoo programming,” and few people in the world would be able to tell you why those solutions work. Still, there are those who truly and deeply understand the technology we have today.

This game reaches for the outermost limits of what we think is achievable. Grounded in hard science, but speculating incredible advances, Sufficiently Advanced (or S.A. for short) looks at a future in which nanotechnology, computing, medicine, and other fields have advanced to the limit of our current understanding — and just a bit beyond. It’s a look at what these technologies might do to the world and what societies might form around them. It is a game about responsibility and the drive for a better future. It is a game fundamentally about humanity, as well as some of its descendants. Most importantly, it’s a game of exploration and political machination set in a universe where everyone has nearly godlike capabilities at their disposal — and the world wasn’t destroyed by it.

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Prologue
Prologue

Once upon a time, fire was at the cutting edge of technology. Those who had it were almost gods to those who didn’t. They were warm in the winter. They could live farther north and higher in the mountains. They could flush out game. They were sick less often and lived longer. Those who could actually make fire were gods among gods, creating the light and warmth and power it gave with their own two hands and some very particular stones.
A une certaine époque, le feu était la plus grande innovation technologique. Ceux qui le possédait étaient l'égal des dieux face à ceux qui en été dépourvus. Ils passaient les hivers au chaud. Ils pouvaient vivre plus loin au nord et plus haut dans les montagnes. [...]. Ils étaient malade moins souvent et vivaient plus longtemps. Ceux qui étaient capable d'allumer le feu étaient des dieux parmi les dieux, produisant lumière, chaleur et énergie à l'aide de leurs deux mains et de quelques pierres spéciales.

Of course, we know now that fire isn’t magic. It might be “magical” to some people, beautiful and dangerous, flickering and dancing with a life of its own, but it is comprehensible to those who use it. Eventually, as more people used it and understood it, although its beauty and danger remained, it was not seen as magic. It was a tool — one of the first pieces of technology.
Bien sûr, nous savons maintenant que le feu n'est pas magique. Cela peut paraître magique pour quelques personnes, beau et dangereux, [...].

Arthur C. Clarke is quoted as saying that any sufficiently advanced technology will be indistinguishable from magic. Gregory Benford has replied that the reverse is also true: any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. The ancient Greeks certainly knew how to count and do mathematics; they practically invented geometry. Use an abacus in front of them and they will call it magic for a week or so, until they understand how it works. Use a slide rule and they will call it magic for years, until they grasp the new mathematics it embodies. Use a pocket calculator and they will call it magic until it wears out.
Arthur C. Clarke a déclaré qu'une technologie sufisamment avancée était indiscernable de la magie. Gregory Benford a répliqué que le contraire était aussi vrai : une technologie distincte de la magie est insuffisamment avancée. Les Grecs anciens savaient certainement compter et utiliser les mathématiques; ils ont pratiquement inventé la géométrie. Utilisez un [abacus] devant eux et ils appelleront cela de la magie pendant une semaine ou plus, jusqu'à ce qu'ils comprennent comment cela marche. Utilisez une règle à calcul et ils appelleront cela de la magie pendant des année jusqu'à ce qu'ils saisissent les principes des mathématiques modernes. Utilisez une calculette de poche et ils appelleront cela de la magie jusqu'à ce qu'elle s'éteigne.

Something as “simple” as a shortwave radio, in the time of the Romans, would make you a god.
Quelque chose d'aussi "simple" que les ondes courtes radio, aux temps des Romains, ferait de vous un dieu.

What counts as “sufficiently advanced” in this day and age? We use technology without understanding it every single day. For all most of us know, phones could work by little spirits instead of electrical impulses. Most of us act as if computers are run by demons. Even computer programmers will refer only half-jokingly to certain kinds of solutions as “black magic” and “voodoo programming,” and few people in the world would be able to tell you why those solutions work. Still, there are those who truly and deeply understand the technology we have today.
Quest-ce qui peut être considéré comme "suffisamment avancé" à ce jour ? Nous utilisons la technologie chaque jour sans comprendre comment elle fonctionne. Pour la plupart d'entre nous, le téléphone pourrait ausi bien fonctionner grâce à des petits esprits plutôt qu'avec des impulsions électriques. La plupart d'entre nous agissent comme si leur ordinateur était possédé par un démon. Même certains programmeurs ferront référence, en plaisantant à moitié, à certaines solutions comme étant issues de la "magie noire" ou de la "programmation vaudou", et peu de personnes dans le monde serait capable de vous expliquer pourquoi ces solutions marchent. Il y a ceux qui comprennent véritablement la technologie de notre époque.

This game reaches for the outermost limits of what we think is achievable. Grounded in hard science, but speculating incredible advances, Sufficiently Advanced (or S.A. for short) looks at a future in which nanotechnology, computing, medicine, and other fields have advanced to the limit of our current understanding — and just a bit beyond. It’s a look at what these technologies might do to the world and what societies might form around them. It is a game about responsibility and the drive for a better future. It is a game fundamentally about humanity, as well as some of its descendants. Most importantly, it’s a game of exploration and political machination set in a universe where everyone has nearly godlike capabilities at their disposal — and the world wasn’t destroyed by it.

Blue Boxes
Boîtes Bleues

These are sidebars, items that don’t fit into the main text for one reason or another. Some of them contain game rules, others have commentary on the game or just parenthetical comments.
Vous trouverez des encadrés, des sujets qui ne sont pas intégérs dans le texte principal pour une raison ou une autre. Certains d'entre eux contiennent des règles de jeux, d'autres des commentaires sur le jeu ou juste quelques commentaires annexes.

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