QREBS

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QREBS is a technological acronym describing the values of Quality, Reliability, Efficiency, Burden, and Safety for any manufactured object found within Charted Space. [1]

  • Objects vary widely in quality and usefulness. This variation gives seemingly identical objects a variety of positive and negative attributes. The QREBS system details these differences.[2]

Please see the following AAB Library Data articles for more information:


Description (Specifications)[edit]

Long ago, the Imperial Naval Depot System worked out means for not only classifying the technological levels of manufactured goods, and standard codes to name an object, but also the other qualities and characteristics of any manufactured item. This system, the QREBS System is used throughout the Third Imperium and beyond. [3]

Manufacturing Quality Basic Parameters[edit]

QREBS stands for:

Technology Adoption Life Cycle[edit]

After millennia of study, sophont technology adoption and development is known to regularly follow stages under most conditions.

  • This is a long-term, generalized cycle of technological development, adoption, and consumer use. [4]
Technology Adoption Life Cycle
# Name Tech Lifecycle Use Status User Remarks
1. R & D Feasibility & Development Not in use Innovators / Experimenters More educated, more prosperous and more risk-oriented users.
2. Introduction Ascent / In vogue In rare use Early Adopters / Gamblers Younger, more educated, tended to be community leaders, less prosperous.
3. Growth Early Stabilization In general use Early Majority / Maturity More traditional but open to new ideas, active in community and influence to neighbors.
4. Maturity Late Stabilization In general use Late Majority / Maturity Older, less educated, fairly traditional and less socially active.
5. Decline Descent / Obsolescence In rare use Laggards / Saturation Very traditional, has little capital, oldest and least educated.
6. Obselete Replaced / Superseded Not in use Historical Preservationist Niche users with special interests, hobbyists, pastoral anti-technological luddites, etc.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Tech Level Stages: A Tech Level shows devices that an industry with available tools can manufacture, maintain, and use. Tech Levels are an inexact approximation: they shade into earlier and later TLs. Such gradations are expressed as Stages. [5]

Technology Level Stages[edit]

Tech Level Stages describe locations in the long term cycle of technological development. For example:

Technology Level Stages
# Stage Definition TL Mod Remarks (Timeliness)
1. Experimental Technology Experimental is handmade by inventors excited about the potential of a new technology, usually one-of-a-kind, and often dangerous and unreliable. [6] -2 Not mature technology. Theoretical research and development item-invention. May not work well. Unreliable. Far ahead of its time. [7]
2. Prototype Technology Prototype is the first step before early mass production. There are perhaps a dozen examples of any one prototype. [8] -1 Immature technology. Prototype of applied science research and development item. Somewhat ahead of its time. [9]
3. Early Technology Early is the first mass-produced design, before the technology has been completely refined. [10] -1 Premature technology. Market test item in early manufacturing. Slightly ahead of its time. [11]
4. Basic Technology Basic is a cheaper, bulkier, less-featured version of the standard item. [12] +/- 0 Early technology. Early and older version of contemporary technology. May lack features normally expected by consumers. No frills item. [13]
5. Standard Technology Standard is the version with the expected features for the technology when it is mature and stable. [14] +/- 0 Developed technology. Newer and more miniaturized version of contemporary technology. Has all of the standard bells and whistles. May be missing advanced or luxury features. [15]
6. Alternate Technology Alternate is a rethinking of the application of technology, often emphasizing different results or outputs. [16] +1 Alternate technology. Manufactured item using different resources or components. Often in response to a shortage or boycott. [17]
7. Improved Technology Improved is the implementation of additional features. [18] +1 Improved technology. Manufactured item in its next variation taking advantage of learned lessons and customer feedback. [19]
8. Modified Technology Modified is a specialized version created in response to specific needs. [20] +2 Modified technology. Manufactured item that has become more specialized to suit what is often a niche market or specialized end user. New application of applied technology. Economy of scope. [21]
9. Generic Technology Generic is an equivalent to the standard version produced at lower cost using higher tech level manufacturing capabilities. [22] +2 Generic technology. Manufactured item that has become cheaper due to improved technology, production efficiency, manufacturing effectiveness, economies of scale, economies of density, etc. [23]
10. Advanced Technology Advanced has significant capabilities added. [24] +3 Advanced technology. Deluxe or luxury item, often with improved capabilities, ergonomics, or luxury prestige features. [25]
11. Ultimate Technology Ultimate implements significant improvements learned over the life cycle of the product. [26] +4 Ultimate technology. The ultimate technological evolution of an item taking advantage of long periods of use and development. Last possible stage before a new technology supersedes it.[27]
12. Beyond Ultimate Technology Beyond Ultimate is a new technology. [28] +5 Beyond Ultimate technology. These items are more capable than the technology of the user society can independently produce or understand. This may be a reverse engineered artifact from a more advanced society. Far ahead of its time. Not mature technology. Will soon become an experimental item (Stage #1.) as the adopting society attempts to learn from it. Potentially very dangerous. [29]

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises or by permission of the author.

  1. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  2. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  3. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  4. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  5. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  6. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  7. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  8. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  9. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  10. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  11. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  12. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  13. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  14. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  15. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  16. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  17. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  18. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  19. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  20. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  21. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  22. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  23. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  24. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  25. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  26. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  27. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak
  28. Marc Miller. T5 Core Rules (Far Future Enterprises, 2013), TBD.
  29. An unpublished factoid written by Maksim-Smelchak