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The Department of Technological Enforcement was created as a result of the creation of the world’s first completely lucid Artificial Intelligence, which caused a Micro Singularity. As a result, the UTW also passed Act #001 to prevent all Artificial Intelligence development and creation.
The DTE set forth a few very strict laws on technological advancement. Basically:
- All new inventions MUST be registered with a DTE office, before it’s creation. A DTE official will check the plans before development is green lit.
- During a development of a new invention, a DTE officer must supervise the entire time.
- Improvements of existing technologies must undergo the same procedures.
- The DTE has the right to place suspicious or dangerous tech onto it’s blacklist, and those techs are immediately considered illegal to own and use.
ANY violation of those laws, are met with strict punishments, and most of the time reconditioning, which is a specialty of the DTE. Reconditioning entails short term imprisonment, during which a person undergoes several procedures that slowly erase their memory. After the memory has been wiped, new memories are uploaded. This process is dangerous, and has a 30% fatality rate and a 20% chance of causing mental retardation, as the hosts brain sometimes cannot handle the stress (younger minds have less of a chance of failure). People that undergo recondition, are then removed from their past lives and moved to a new life. Usually forms of plastic surgery are used to change the look of individual too, to make sure nobody from their old lives can find them. Also those individuals are usually watched by the DTE for many years after their reconditioning, to insure a smooth procedure.
The DTE was given special permission to work above the law, and were even given their own council member in the colony council. This is due to the fact that the UTW believes the work of the DTE is extremely vital for the survival of humankind.
Due to this, the DTE is cleared to use technologies that aren’t cleared for the public (hence that are on the black list). This means that DTE agents often have technology that seems amazing and wondrous to others. One device that has become associated with DTE agents, and has been romanticized in pop culture is the De-modularization Unit, which has been dubbed the “Phaser”. It allows agents to become near invisible, but turning into “living shadow”. The Phaser is based of a modification of DMCD technology, but the exact specifications are not known (and also are illegal).
<\THE DTE IS ABOVE THE LAW, AND MAY USE TACTICS THAT SEEM WRONG OR INAPPROPRIATE. REST ASSURED THAT THEY WORK WITH FULL SANCTIONS OF THE UTW, AND THAT ALL THEIR WORK IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. LONG LIVE THE UTW!\>