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Old 23 Dec 2005, 20:45   #1 (permalink)
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Well earlier I got to thinking about the fio caste. More particularly on just how they go about developing new technology and sciences. Do individual Fio take assignments, do they form development teams, are whole worlds put to a specific task, the whole empire? Do they have a network of fio across the empire sharing data or do they travel to one specific place to work on something. Do they bring in "experts" to help with a particular task. Do they specialize in a specific thing such as plasma or engines or do they diversify... lots of questions.

So members of TO, what do you think the Tau do in the way of science and technology development?
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The earth caste is my favourite! ;D
I think they form teams to work better: because the Tau cooperate to reach their goals. Don't know if any of them can know everything, but they are so technologically advanced that this seems impossible......too much to learn!! :P And also because specializing on an objective, they will perform better.
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I imagine their scientists work much like ours do.
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I think its entirely possible the Fio caste work as a think tank but also have their own inner sytem of self government. while they are a caste and are within an empire, i'm sure they work out some sort of creative cooperation, as has been said.

And wargamer, i imagine their scientists work BETTER than ours do. note: earth science. note: at least two thousands years of human history, in comparison these dudes have had about 1000 to kick our butts technologically.

I also think that tau science focuses on two apects in warfare: gunfire and gunfire reception, as compared to the diverse fields of human study including melee technology.

Outside of warfare, i think the two tau key focuses are : transportation (also gets into warfare) and disease control (often taking form as genetic enhancement)
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I really don't care at all... but I think that they work like our scientists, except they don't have to worry about funding, and tend to be more creative as a result.
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And wargamer, i imagine their scientists work BETTER than ours do.* note: earth science. note: at least two thousands years of human history, in comparison these dudes have had about 1000 to kick our butts technologically.
They have had 6,000 years. We had less than 2,000 (Dark Ages anyone?). If it weren't for that, we might have "sci fi" tech today.
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there will be two approaches.

the first, being the most common. the development team. the empire seeks the need for something new. a rail rfile, new ship, or something. a massive fio design team is brough together from the most capable fio. they will have Kor and possibly shas liasons to make sure what they make is practical and to serve the exact needs of those who they're building for. This will be the norm, and broadly similar to what we have, though whether a team is brought together, or various design teams actively compete for the project is beyond me.

the second approach is the monat. the lone fio. the eccentric. though unity is their strength, the tau recognise the strength and purpose one can bring. these are the tau that think outside the envelope, possibly unable to be fully integrated into society. they would be both looked at with awe and pity, a bit like exarchs. these guys would be the ones who come up with new ideas and flashes of genius that would revolutionise various technologies.
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And wargamer, i imagine their scientists work BETTER than ours do.* note: earth science. note: at least two thousands years of human history, in comparison these dudes have had about 1000 to kick our butts technologically.
They have had 6,000 years. We had less than 2,000 (Dark Ages anyone?). If it weren't for that, we might have "sci fi" tech today.
ya what a waste of 600 years
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That does actually make a nice comparisson; modern Earth is what the Tau were like 4,600 years ago.
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i'd still say tau tech's better - i made a mistake in my tau timeline, but the human timeline streches back as far as mesopotamia and the egyptians (not just after christ), which gives us a verry long timeline, which we didn't use (although the egyptians might have had something...) prehistory goes beyond my formerly stated two thousand years of human history.
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