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The Storage Movement

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Layout

TSM is a squat, square building occupying approximately half a city block (50,000 square feet). It is constructed of layered concrete and metal which completely block electromagnetic radiation, and covered with obscure, hidden symbols which prevent remote divination and applied prophecy. There is one accessible door which leads into a foyer. The foyer is empty save for a massive desk behind which sits a receptionist, and rows of chairs for guests.

With the proper authorization, one can move from the public room into the annals of TSM. TSM's interior begins with an avenue suspended hundreds of feet in the air and cast into pitch black darkness. The darkness is interrupted by pinpoints of which, when close enough to any source, reveal themselves as massive crystals the size of a man or larger. This avenue feeds into dozens of corridors and rooms.

Purpose

TSM's purpose is to collect and digitize information on art, literature, science, magic and other topics of knowledge into a central repository and make this information available to the public at low or no cost. TSM occasionally gives tours of their facilities to enlighten the public on such topics as information density and optical character recognition. TSM is scanning and uploading information to this day as more and more cultures and histories outside of the Terrenus mainstream come to light.

History

The TSM began as a regular library; collecting and collating knowledge was almost a matter of habit for a librarian's daughter, as Odette was. The TSM was made up of thousands upon thousands of stacks of parchment, scrolls, books, and reams of paper stacked in piles and stuck in shelves. The knowledge here spanned dozens of different languages and hundreds of topics. Odette's intent from the very beginning was to make this knowledge publicly accessible but the central location, in the back of her estate no less, made it difficult for security reasons to open it to the public all the time, and in general was visited only by Ignatz natives.

Upon her coronation as regent of Ignatz, Odette was taken for a tour of a branch office of Central, belonging to the Terrenus government. There Odette was introduced to the concept of digitizing information and storing large amounts of it on crystal arrays. She immediately saw the benefits of easily accessible information and began construction of the TSM crystal arrays on the following day.

During the Terrenus World Fair, Odette introduced something called 'the Crook' (like a shepherd's crook). It is referred to as an 'application' that can 'establish a common transmission protocol'. Essentially the Crook adds an additional, wireless interface to any standard crystal computing device, allowing any devices with Crooks on them to communicate with one another. Odette made the Crook publicly available at the same time that she announced that most of the TSM was publicly accessible. Anyone, anywhere, at any time can now connect to Ignatz's TSM and download or upload useful information.

Security

TSM security is provided in part by Odette's local guard and in part by the Terrenus military after Odette convinced officials that TSM was a landmark structure of cultural and historical significance.

Authorization protocols for confidential access involve access codes and biometrics, there are military grade encryption algorithms applied to sensitive information, the metal used in the building prevents electromagnetic radiation preventing any information leaking through EM which is minimal as information is processed via optics, anti-divination symbols are used throughout the entire building, and automated sentries are deployed at night.

New Technologies

Blockchain:  This is a logical rather than material technology, which improves operations and processes of current technology without introducing new infrastructure. Blockchain is the result of a collaboration between the Monroe Foundation and Odette's TSM. Blockchain is, at its core, database technology, which means it concerns itself with the acquisition, storage, and dissemination of information. Blockchain deviates from traditional databases in the following manner:

  1. The information is holographic; every bit and byte of the database is replicated to every federated node. This means that every partner of a specific blockchain database has a copy of the entire database, eliminating single sources of failure in the event of an attack or disruption
  2. The information is encrypted at rest and in-transit as a function of design. Complex commercial-grade PECS algorithms are used for this
  3. The information is immutable and verifiable. Blockchain stores its complete history; not only data, but all changes to its data as well
  4. Although blockchain finds a great deal of use in many industries, from drug trials to financial transactions to educational records, the industry that will see the most benefit are manufacturing and supply-chain-related industries. In terms of tracking, industries leveraging blockchain are able to pinpoint the origin of any parcel in seconds rather than days

changelog
2018-08-14: Added new technologies and blockchain

Edited by supernal

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