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A wide view of Cyberspace with Motherboard Control Central in the distance

Background of Cyberspace: a green, speckled void with ribbons of binary code

Cyberspace is a virtual universe[1] and the physical abstraction of the Internet[2][3] that "exists in the online world of a computer."[4] It is the main setting of Cyberchase.

Cyberspace seems to be connected to the "real world" in that events in Cyberspace represent processes on real-world computers, or vice-versa. It is unclear how well-known the real world is within Cyberspace, but it can be observed directly from within Cyberspace through certain methods, such as what seems to be a library security camera feed.[5]

Cyberspace is described as a place where anyone can go and anything can happen[6][7][8], and is indeed habitable for Earth humans, although, in practice, few entities are shown traveling in or out of it. The human members of the CyberSquad travel between the universes frequently, and there are rare instances of entities native to Cyberspace entering the real world: Digit has been to France[9], and Jackie has brought a Madre Bonita flower home for her mother[10].

Deep Cyberspace is mostly dark green with a raindrop-like texture. The circuitry of Cyberspace doubles as its stars. Binary code appears as aurora-like ribbons and is described as Cyberspace's Milky Way.[4]

History

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Physics

The physics of Cyberspace differ from those of the real world. Gravity seems to pull in a constant direction at all times, even in the regions of Cyberspace that are comparable to outer space. Time is entangled with space[6] such that time spent within Cyberspace can be negligible compared to time elapsed in the real world[5]. Magic exists, but its scope seems to be limited to Cyberspace itself[11], and certain forms don't affect those who aren't native to Cyberspace[12]. Cyberspace also contains substances such as magnetite and francesium.

In some ways, Cyberspace functions like a literal computer directory. Certain devices like the Syncolator can search it for requested data[13]. The Emergency Reset Button, when unlocked, allows whoever presses it to reformat Cyberspace in their image[14].

Structure

Cyberspace is comprised of at least 1,294[12] distinct cybersites that serve as planets[4], with a population of at least millions[15]. The relative locations and physics between cybersites seem to be inconsistent, and are sometimes stated to move over time[16][17]. Maps of Cyberspace also differ between episodes.

In "True Colors", Sam Vander Rom speculates that "aliens from another cybergalaxy" are responsible for Hacker's irrigation trenches on Eureeka. This implies that the known cybersites are considered to belong to one or multiple cybergalaxies. Relatedly, the Spheres of Fears are classified as a mini-galaxy[18].

Governance

Motherboard is the potentate and cyberbrain[5] of Cyberspace. She exerts total control over Cyberspace from Motherboard Control Central[13], watching over cybersites and managing diplomatic affairs[6][19], and can bridge physically distant locations, in Cyberspace and the real world alike, with portals.

If Motherboard is defeated in a formal election, the position can be seized, which includes the right to amend the Cyber-Constitution[20]. It isn't known how else the new ruler could control Cyberspace without infringing on Motherboard's civil liberties.

Name origin

Cyberspace is a word referring to the notional world of information and communication provided by the Internet[21]. In science fiction, it can refer to a three-dimensional representation of virtual space in a computer network[22].

The demonym for Cyberspace may be cybercitizen[4]; Motherboard has also used "citizens of Cyberspace"[8]. In "Fortress of Attitude", Hacker considers "Cyberspacians" (pronounced /ˈsaɪ.bə(ɹ)ˌspeɪ.ʃənz/), "Cyberspacies" (/-ˌspeɪ.ʃiz/), and "Cyberspots", before concluding "Hm, I'll have to work on that."

Hacker and Wicked want to rename the universe to Hackerspace[23][24] and Wickedspace[23], respectively, upon coming into power. These are portmanteaus of the existing name with each of their own names. The former may also be a pun on makerspaces, which are sometimes referred to as "hackerspaces"[25].

Location bio

"Who's Who Document"

Everything out in the whole wide world – and more – is here in cyberspace, from Ancient Egypt’s Mumsie and Binky, to the zombies and werewolves of Castleblanca. It’s a magnificent, often wacky, off-the-wall, animated world that exists in the online world of a computer. While some of the sites might have their source in the Real World, those who inhabit it and the trappings of the site have a decidedly stylized, computerized, cyberized look. Cyberspace’s circuitry is its stars, binary code is its “Milky Way” and cybersites are its planets. It’s a fabulous dimension full of colorful characters and amazing locations where anything can happen – and often does.

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Maps

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Trivia

  • In the pbskids.org promo, Cyberspace is implied to encompass the real-life Internet[26].

References

  1. Cyberchase: The Quest. "The kind and caring ruler of Cyberspace. [Motherboard] keeps the virtual universe running smoothly and makes sure everyone is taken care of."
  2. "How It All Started: Webisode 3"
  3. An Interview With The Hacker. Internet Archive.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Who's Who Document"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Lost My Marbles"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "How It All Started: Webisode 1". "Cyberspace . . . a place where time and space are one . . . A place where the lines between reality and imagination no longer exist . . . A place where anyone can go and anything can happen. Throughout Cyberspace there are thousands of places called cybersites, each very different from the other, and all under the watchful eye of their thoughtful and peace-loving leader: Motherboard. The heads of several cybersites gather for an important meeting with Motherboard to discuss the future"
  7. "A Perfect Fit"
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Space Waste Odyssey"
  9. "Codename: Icky"
  10. "Mother's Day"
  11. "The Fairy Borg Father"
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Harriet Hippo and the Mean Green"
  13. 13.0 13.1 "The Snelfu Snafu: Part 1"
  14. "The Cyberchase Movie"
  15. "Going Solar"
  16. "Escape from Merlin's Maze"
  17. "Parks and Recreation"
  18. Happy Pi Day! In honor of 3-14, why not brush up on the diameter-circumference relationship? Revisit the mini-galaxy of orbs in Spheres of Fears: http://to.pbs.org/1eAl4BU. Facebook.
  19. "Less Than Zero"
  20. "True Colors"
  21. Cyberspace | Definition of Cyberspace by Lexico. Oxford.
  22. cyberspace - Wiktionary
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Unhappily Ever After"
  24. "The Cyberchase Movie"
  25. Hackerspace - Wikipedia
  26. pbskids.org | CyberSpace | Promo | 2003 | PBS Kids - YouTube. Digit: [addressing audience] Hey guys! You can join the CyberSquad on some awesome adventures, and find really cool stuff to do online, at pbskids.org. See you in Cyberspace!
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