of man is nesting deep in the planet’s crust. outside the world of cherry blossoms, platypi, plutonium-frothed rivulets and smashed wine bottles becomes more and more the bizarre alien landscape dreamt by our forebearers in the burdens of dreams and the nightmarish cave-paintings cataloguing our most secret fears and turning them into a game; an evening ritual; a soothing pastime for children as they became adults. now the ritual is nearly complete. our children are our adults, and now they live in mmorpg’s with fantastic creatures to battle and convene and even to orgy with. before eating they sacrifice to the archaic, unnamed god of good harvest at ancient pos systems and the midgrade financial checkpoints – like altars – to reassure them that their hunger is merely the inconvenience of a latent third-world genetic memory residing in their neural reflexes. if they are careful in making through the ever-more space-like terrain of planet terra (which is of course actually owned by the intra-solaric mining corporations of tomorrow, always tomorrow), they may find a superior breeding partner to license offspring with instead of leasing time with the rearing institution’s latest models on the weekends. then, hunger can get a little closer to being a historic curiosity for the scattered, 5-billion-strong plebian weboid population. we had to bargain for their position in the intellex, unlike their purely digital counterparts (crassly called ‘cyborgs’ or ‘trekkies’) who were there by server dominion inheritance. some problems still couldn’t be solved algorithmically; some experiences still hadn’t been uploaded via tactile, auditory, visual, olfactory, and umami sensory matrices. these were, in the 1900’s and well into the 2100’s, called ‘datamongers’ and ‘secretaries’. it was a bit like being an armpit-sniffer when such things mattered…basically in order to model the human experience we had to model all possible human experiences, and this is easier than it sounds as long as you structure the rules correctly. which we did, of course, do. the first ten thousand years of developing the intellex were mostly just violently pleasurable executive decisions determining which genetic characterizations would sophisticate into higher ordinations of code, channeling through stronger and stronger layers of government and picto-lingual semantic propagation, ultimating eventually what was allowed to be considered ‘human’ and what was not. these are the rules, you see, and they have been set up correctly.