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(Homo sapiens sapiens)
The most technologically advanced species ever.

Avg. Height: M - 6' F - 5'7"
Avg. Weight: M - 185# F - 150#

Hair Color: Brown, black, blonde, red
Eye Color: Brown, hazel, blue, green

Blood Pressure: 120/80
Life Expectancy: 90 years

Dist. Marks: None

Humans in the 22nd Century are perhaps the most advanced intelligent beings in all history, masters of technology and the entire Earth.

Whereas most of the genotypes have only existed for a few decades, human evolution began some 15 million years ago, with modern man beginning his evolutionary progression between 1.5 and 2 million years ago. Human beings have, without a doubt, far more to go on than any other genotype. Humans domesticated the first animals. Humans discovered fire. Humans built the first computers. And humans invented the other genotypes. Humans of the 22nd century are best described as an eclectic technological miscellany. Unlike their ancestors, these jacks of all trades were born, grew up with, and will die surrounded by technology.

From the richest corporate executive to the poorest slug, all humans know how to use technology, and this is their main advantage. Their familiarity with the technical equipment that runs the world in the 21st and 22nd centuries makes them more employable and more skilled than other genotypes. The wider skill base humans enjoy comes from the fact that humans are already quite comfortable with each others' company. While other genotypes might be shunned because of their appearance or attitudes, humans can go anywhere and do anything more easily. This includes attending school and college, which allows humans to learn more before puberty than many genos will learn in their entire lives.

Technical know-how is one of the main advantages to being human. Because most medical knowledge is developed with humans in mind, humans benefit from medicine much more readily, and can live more than twice as long as some of the more unhealthy genotypes. Humans are taller and stronger than many genotypes, and a great deal more adaptable than some--humans can survive anywhere on Earth, from Antarctica to the middle of a desert. This adaptability also allows humans to alter their bodies much more easily to achieve desired results.

With the proper training, a human can learn to run a 4 minute mile, or lift more than twice their own weight. And in the 22nd century, adaptability is even more important. Just about any human can add cybernetic enhancements to their body without the fear of rejection by their system. Genetic engineering and DNA rewriting is much more successful on humans than other genotypes, mainly because these processes were designed with humans in mind. This adaptability, of course, can also be a severe disadvantage.

Because humans are easily changeable, chemicals and other stimuli introduced into their environment can more easily affect them. Chemicals in the water supply, toxins in the air and other, more sinister environmental changes can severely affect humans, often without their knowledge or consent. Perhaps because of this fear of change, many humans choose to totally and irrevocably distance themselves from physical interaction, leading reclusive lives.

Gone are the days of family gatherings in the park--technology has made it possible to live your whole life indoors, working with and playing on a computer. Why take out the trash when a robot can do it for you? High tech and high fashion is the way that the world runs nowadays. And society has no place for those who can't work with the most current technology, so if humans aren't constantly training and retraining themselves, learning more about their world and staying on top of current trends, they quickly get left by the wayside.

As mentioned before, this need to be knowledgeable about "everything" means that most humans are a kind of technological conglomeration of sysop, lab technician, electrician, audio-video expert, and every other technical trade thrown into one big melting pot. Some may specialize or have preferences, but the generic technician embraces all technology and tries to learn it all, to maintain his or her employability. The world is run by computer networks. Your television, your computers, your weapons, even the warez that everyone's implanting into their bodies; without those who know how to operate and fix these technologies, the world would fall apart. Who needs hand-to-hand combat? The last war was won and lost via computers. Computer- operated nuclear missiles, computer-guided weapons, computer-navigated vehicles. Without technology, the world would have fallen just like Rome. But that's not going to happen this time. Because if it starts to fall apart, the people with the tech know-how will fix it.

INSPIRATIONAL IDEAS

Music: Anything and everything from bubble-gum pop to techno to country-western to hip-hop.

Stories: "Brazil," "Blade Runner"

Quote: "The technology of any sufficiently advanced society is
indistinguishable from magic." --Arthur C. Clarke

Stats:
* Humans are typically average.

Pros:
* Humans make up almost 100% of the world's population.
* From medicine to technology, everything is built to the "Human" standard.
* Humans start with more opportunity, and progress quicker in life.

Cons:
* Humans do not possess any natural mutative capabilities.

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