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ASICs (Application-specific integrated circuit) Who says the subjects need general purpose computing anyway? The Empire can just supply them with ASIC. Everyone gets nice sealed box with standard connectors that does single thing and single thing alone. The range can vary controlling your fusion reactor to radio or navigation database reader. Could also ...


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Not practical You need an industrial base to build your high-tech fusion powered spaceships (for the masses) and the like, let alone the computers for the elite. That industrial base is going to require computers. Human brainpower doesn't scale correctly to build stuff in the modern era, let alone future tech. We have robots that build pieces of cars, we ...


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Aggressive AI systems as public utilities: The Dynasty has loyally programmed AI's that run the systems behind the scenes. So the tech that John and Jane Q. Citizen have access to are primitive, but interface with advanced AI systems that compensate for the system limitations. However, if anyone starts messing around with advanced tech, the AI is hardwired ...


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