Clamei 2b, a rare type of phosphate, is found in the soil of areas formerly submerged beneath the ocean. First identified in 1922, it was misappropriated as a type of orthoester however, due to its rarity and docile alkylation times, it was rarely in demand. In the 90’s it became a highly controlled substance since traces of it were found in numerous terrorist laboratories around Syria and Ireland – its explosive properties, though minimal by comparison to its bigger brother nitro-glycerin, could be enough if compiled accurately to blow a hole in the hull of passenger airline; not to mention that as a compound it was hard to detect; sniffer dogs had proven ineffective in being trained to identify it.
Three years ago, however, the time for Clamei 2b to emerge as a key element for industry came to fruition. Its quantity and extraction becoming relatively common, due to the huge increase, and technological progress, in the electrolysis extraction process that was being used to mine Lithium – in a roundabout way Clamei is a by product of this process. Suddenly Clamei 2b was more readily available than ever and full investigations began to find what it was capable of. The main line of investigation was headed by Henning Eriksonn, formerly of CERN, who already had a hypothesis about the potential of the phosphate.
Eriksonn’s prime focus since leaving CERN was the development of ‘Proximal Engagement’ – which is a fancy tech term for the more tabloid term ‘Robots’. Mr. Eriksonn insists that:
The work of proximal engagement, I believe, intends to be a supplement to human existence; as opposed to a ‘replacement’ – which I find is an alarmist response and without a basic understanding of what it is we are trying to do.
Eriksonn’s mission was to find a way to resolve the practical issue of a robot proxy walking around out cities – their weight. Currently the proxies in use are wheeled units and are purposefully no bigger than a child. Were they to be of the average human height they would weigh almost 6 times of their bodily counterpart, resulting in a huge risk of serious injury should one topple – though the advancement of balance has made most of the prototypes as well advanced as a human, we know even the best of us get out footings wrong sometimes.
The potential that Eriksonn identified in Clamei was its properties as a dispersed conductor. Much like the emergence of wifi or bluetooth technology years ago, information can be carried on the air, but there is a limit to the information and the distance it can carry. But if one were to replace oxygen and nitrogen with a pressurised liquid Clamei, one can use this as an amorphous ‘wire’. One pressurised litre of Clamei can carry the information of several million wires; and, once placed in mechanisms, such a robotic knee joint for example, that pressurised Clamei can also memorise movements and pressures and replace hefty mechanical parts (parts that would require more frequent replacements too).
In tandem with his study of the information carrying potentials of the element, Eriksonn’s team worked with the NATO group in the D&R for replacement limbs. Many wounded and maimed soldiers got the latest technology to help them walk, or regain the use of their hands, through Eriksonn’s technology – Eriksonn in turn gained a swell of data on the workings of these replacement parts, refining the design of the synthetic joints so that they could soon be ready for consumer use.
Scientific co-operation, but nationalistic exploitation
Despite the presence of loud chitter-chatter at numerous TED Talks regarding this technology possessing the potential of being the cornerstone of ‘advanced personal robotics’, we expect this development to be several years away. For one reason there is not enough of it to go around, nor is there an underpinning industrial structure to mass produce these products. For the moment the OECD is keen to utilise the technology into industry – its uses in medical and military uses will boost its value, long enough to lay the foundations for an expansion into consumer goods. It will need these years in order to arrange the most complicated aspect for the OECD nations that are keen to explore the possibilities – the supply chain. Now the element is in demand, and there is a wealth of possibilities of integrating Clamei into technology that would make our machinery lighter, less prone to wear and tear, and more energy efficient than any cabling or wires could ever be. Early estimates are that to meet the potential consumer demands the supply will need to be producing almost 1,000 kg of pure electrolysed Clamei every day.
Though one can claim that most of our world was once covered in ocean, surely Clamei should be ubiquitous within our soil. Not entirely true, unfortunately. Geologists have identified the substance in high quantities only in areas that were covered by ocean during the Ionian age, where it is well known that the acidic levels of the oceans were at their highest. For Clamei rich soils, the oceans would have needed to recede from that land mass before the commencement of the Calabrian age; not to mention that for Clamei to be efficient for extraction air moisture of the region would is required to be between 8-12% RH. Ultimately this leaves one region within the ‘Clame-zone’ – the deserts of Patagonia in Argentina and Chile.
Estimates on the deposits of Clamei stored in the hills near Jujuy alone are estimated to be 2 million tonnes at least. With the spread across Argentina and Chile, it is a modest prediction that 42% of the world’s supply of Clamei will come from these two nations, but given that the Patagonian desert (or Megallanic Steppe) is primarily Argentinian land we can gauge that Argentina will be responsible for 30% of that supply. The ownership has pro’s and con’s. For the good, Argentina has been a mining nation since its inception, and has the technology, the engineers and the heavy lifters to engage in the processing and quickly. The con is that the newly elected government, lead by Hernan Herrera, are pushing back from international business. Fully aware of the value of the mineral, and drunk with the power of their stockpile, Herrera is shunning any outward investment in order to lay claim to the deposits as political currency with the people. He was voted in last year with a whopping majority, and his campaign focused very much on labelling his opponent, the incumbent PEC, as puppets of the oil industry – his campaign posters literally added a crude black ‘O’ before their title.
For now, Herrera has the majority and the support of the people. The rest of the world, keen to access the new technologies will have to hope that Herrera keeps his head, and his prices low. In the meantime US giants Galloway and Pernick refrain from comment, at least on the record, and that they are “optimistic that Argentina is open to trade”.