Mhuiri, a teenage girl, struggles with acceptance and social categorization like any regular teenager in high school. However Mhuiri has the added stress of being a synthetic organism, a fact which she tries desperately to hide in a world were sentient cybernetic organism are banned by the United Nations.
-In the near future-
Robotics had become a household expectation. The automated vacuums existing at the turn of the century had evolved into multi-function androids capable of anything from carpentry to cooking. With every new iteration, these laborers of humanity became more like their creators.
Soon the line between humanity and technology had become blurred. Synthetic organ replacements attained a level of efficiency that pushed the limitations of the human condition beyond what nature had intended. The same components found in a state of the art labor drone could be found in a knee replacement of a wealthy business man. The optical nerve and parts of the occipital lobe could be repaired with the video membranes and quantum computing interfaces found in the chassis of high end million dollar androids.
An ethical dilemma emerged in the wake of these advances in cybernetics; when would a highly modified human be construed as a machine? Could a sentient machine be analogous to a human? What were the implications of these possibilities? What rights would these beings possess? Would they be property or free agents?
Rather than face the coming storm, Politicians simply opted to avoid its outcome altogether.
An amendment was made to the United Nations Declaration on Human Cloning (document A/59/5 16/Add. 1) to include a ban on the maximum level of synthetic saturation and on the reproduction of fully synthetic human beings.
This, however, did not slow the progress of cybernetic proliferation.
A growing divide began to separate those who embraced cybernetic therapy and those who rejected it as an abomination of the human body. This resentment, exacerbated by the high cost of cybernetic treatment, pushed the disparity to a boiling point. Peaceful protests became violent clashes, unrest echoed across nations around the globe.
Though the voices of the many shouted against the growing trend, it soon became clear that cybernetic therapy was here to stay.
The protesters eventually meandered elsewhere, and the violence finally fizzled out, yet a high tension still holds in the hearts of the citizenry.
Synthetics remain a top target for hate crimes and discrimination.