Conglomerate Science Fiction Game
Active Substrates are the hardware upon which modern computing machinery runs. They are an arrangement of nanofibers arranged in three-dimensional quasilattices, and act as both computational substrate, holographic memory. The technology was invented by a very young Gabriel Tybalt in about 610, and were a millionfold more efficient than the old Spangler Standard Substrate they replaced. Their creation overturned the principle of the least quantum of computation and forced a rewrite of the fifth law of thermodynamics. They are the basis of everything from sentient Drone brains to skill chips to starship navigation systems to toasters.
Active Substrate technology is so pervasive in the Conglomerate that nobody ever refers to “computers”. Active Substrates are everywhere, built into everything, connecting whole worlds in a huge matrix of information flow. An Active Substrate brain is able to learn from experience and even develop a personality (as in sentient Drones), but once activated, it cannot be precisely copied.
Technical people who work on the programming of Active Substrate technology are known as “Constructors”.