The Guguniverse

Category: introduction

  • Delayed law enforcement

    Delayed law enforcement

    While many enjoyed broadcasting every second of their lives, others dreaded being unknowingly historized. And rightly so: cases of pedophiles, stalkers, and thieves using History became increasingly common. The media was obsessed, and not only out of a sense of duty to report on relevant happenings: they feared being displaced by it and becoming obsolete. […]

  • Live your History, live

    Live your History, live

    While this East-West schism shook geopolitics and the History Company pursued their quest to historize the world, the Human Data Corporation was trying to figure out its own future. They didn’t want to completely depend on their former colleagues, but still believed that History would revolutionize the world, becoming the main storage of human information […]

  • The language of the creators

    The language of the creators

    Within a week, the victors had rebranded themselves as The History Company and introduced their new algorithm, “the only viable option” for the preservation of History. They assured governments that there was nothing to worry about, managed to bring some new investors on board, and pushed the new code into production. Unfortunately, the speed of […]

  • Lost in dogmatic deafness

    Lost in dogmatic deafness

    Letting History lag was out of the question, which meant that the Corporation had to shelve their expansion plans for a while. The financial markets reacted in the way that they usually do: downgrading the Corporation’s debt, sinking its market valuation, and dragging down with them a bunch of other companies. Investors were not happy, […]

  • Lagging behind reality

    Lagging behind reality

    The expansion of History didn’t happen without glitches. During its first years, the Human Data Corporation found itself unable to fulfill its promises of worldwide reach. It turned out that their software developers had been too optimistic, underestimating the processing power needed to build History. Immense data centers, designed to process the information from entire […]

  • The right to be forgotten

    The right to be forgotten

    History would not be worth much, if it didn’t register everything, everywhere. That included, of course, people. While being seen and heard all the time was for some a dream come true, for others, it was hell. The Human Data Corporation added some privacy protection to History, but it only restricted its replaying, that is, […]

  • The beginning of History

    The beginning of History

    Peak storage is unavoidable, but humanity doesn’t seem interested in curing its addiction to growth. What can be done about it? In the year 2035, a group of scientists and engineers, concerned about the economic and political consequences of peak storage, founded the Human Data Corporation. Maybe it’s not possible to avert peak storage, they […]

  • Peak Storage

    Peak Storage

    Emails, photos, e-books, business presentations, movies, music; human beings on the Internet are constantly creating digital content. Even when we are just consuming, our online behavior is registered somewhere, leaving a digital trace. And all this information is stored somewhere for an indefinite time. By some estimates, humanity is creating in the order of 1018 […]