The Sphere is the popular name given to the data network of the Pan-Dominion, and it is the conduit for all the information that travels through or is stored by humanity. It is touched on, and in part composed by, every single computer and communications-link in the PanDo; that is, every computer and link that is connected to it. ‘Entertainment’ and ‘News’ inter-mix and dominate the Sphere, but it is also integral for financial exchanges, education, research, resource management, and personal leisure and communications.
Almost every citizen of the PanDo has access to the Sphere from the time they can talk. By law the access that is legally permissible to minors is highly regulated. However, for adults the variety of information and services is so diverse that it cannot be comprehended by any single person – the volume and diversity of ideas goes beyond the capability of a human brain to manage it, to the extent that physicians will often deride it as a major cause of reduced Equilibrium in susceptible minds!