Sponsored by The Bank:
The Bank, helping the Venture use its innovative technology to reduce pollution.
Why should the Bank care? Overuse of Autos can increase harmful emissions. Frustrated Users may withdraw, which is bad for Business. The Venture has developed a solution, technology that helps Users. But the City needs funding to make it practical. The Venture’s idea was so innovative that the Bank partnered with them, creating a cash infusion that reduces up-front cost. As a result, the Venture is expanding around the globe.
For centuries, the Bank’s job has been to believe in Users and to help make their ideas a reality.
And by the Fabricator:
The Fabricator Introduces the New Rack for More Capacity and Flexibility.
A place for everything, and everything in its well-designed place. Invented to fit perfectly. Finally, your Data have a place all their own. It’s the New Rack, in a quiet, polite package of precision. They’re designed to fit perfectly. The New Rack was invented for your life. See yours at your nearest Emporium.
The Fabricator: Invented for life.
One Imager calls himself the “leader of the Self-Imager movement” and each Image is the same — his grinning face fills the frame, and is usually accompanied by a bit of inspirational text.
“There is a primal human urge to stand outside of ourselves and look at ourselves,” said the Futurist.
The profusion of Self-Images have been aided by the explosion of Devices and Networks. Every major Network is overflowing with millions of them. One of the Offers for the Game features a female User in a bikini Self-Imaging with a Device. In a recent episode of the Vision, a Character-User captures and transmits a topless Self-Image to her boyfriend.
It is the perfect preoccupation for our saturated time, a ready-made platform to record and post our lives where Users can see and experience them in tandem with us. And in a way, it signals a new frontier in the evolution in Networks.
Self-Images strongly suggest that the world we observe through Networks is more interesting when Users insert themselves into it — a fact that many Networks have noticed.
“It wasn’t really about vanity at all,” the Mouth said. “It’s a more personal way to share an experience.”
The Doctor says that’s how the human brain works.
“We are hard-wired to respond to the Face,” she said. “It’s unconscious. Our brains process visuals faster, and we are more engaged when we see the Face. If you’re looking at a whole page of Images, the ones you will notice are the Self-Images.”
“There are some Users who put themselves at a certain amount of risk by exposing too much,” the Doctor said. “But that’s not about the Self-Image. That’s about a User who is not making good choices.”
A powerful form of genetic engineering could revolutionize the production of some of the most sought-after flavors and fragrances. Rather than being extracted from plants, they are being made by genetically modified micro-organisms cultured in huge industrial vats.
The advent of synthetic biology raises thorny economic and regulatory issues, such as whether such engineered ingredients can be called Natural and whether developing regions dependent on these crops will be hurt.
The Products, which taste or smell nearly the same as the real thing, are coming quickly and even moving beyond flavors and fragrances to include other commodities.
“It’s really environmentally friendly. The whole process is sustainable,” said the Scientist.
“The need for natural is the key driver,” said the Scientist.
But the Advocate has begun to pressure the Fabricator into rejecting the Product. “There’s nothing ‘natural’ about genetically engineered organisms that excrete flavoring,” said the Advocate.
By shuffling DNA, partly by design and partly at random, robotic systems produce and test tens of thousands of strains a month. The best-performing ones eventually end up in production in 200,000-liter fermenters.
The Fabricator says their Products can be cheaper than those from plants, though some experts say that has yet to be proved.
The Fabricator says their Products, by relieving shortages and perhaps lowering prices, will expand markets, not displace farmers. But the mere prospect of new competition might prompt farmers to stop planting a crop, producing a shortage before enough Product is available.
The Fabricator said there were “moves afoot” to supply the entire world demand from the synthetic biology Product.
The Bank and the Ministry have reached a tentative 13 billion Unit settlement over the Bank’s questionable practices leading up to the financial crisis. It would be a record penalty that would cap weeks of heated negotiating and underscore the extent of the Bank’s legal woes.
The deal, which the Ministry took the lead in negotiating and which came together after a Friday night call involving the Minister and the Banker, would resolve an array of investigations into the Bank’s sale of troubled Products. That type of Product, securities typically backed by toxic loans, was at the heart of the financial crisis.
The 13 billion Unit deal, which could still fall apart over issues like how much wrongdoing the Bank is willing to acknowledge, would represent something of a reckoning for the Market, whose outsize risk taking nearly toppled the Economy. It might also provide a measure of catharsis to the Investors, who suffered billions of Units in losses from buying toxic Products.
It comes less than three months after the Ministry announced a criminal indictment of the Fund, which was accused of permitting a “systematic” insider-trading scheme to unfold during the last decade. The Fund is currently negotiating a plea deal that would force it to plead guilty to criminal misconduct and pay more than1 billion Units in penalties.
The Bank admitted wrongdoing to the Commission, which cited the Bank for a breakdown in controls and of “employing a manipulative device” with its high volume of trading.