I find the Lost to be very interesting but I have several questions about them. Given the limited (not a complaint, there's deliberate space for GM's to add their own riff on the Lost) information about them, there could be many valid interpretations of them. I (and likely other readers) welcome your suggestions.
First question: Raising an actual crop of human beings is hardly the domain of business alone; do you think the project was a government project. That is, a project encouraged (or at least not prohibited) by the Planetary Consortium. I'm thinking much like NASA contracted out space tech contracts to the big aerospace companies.
Also, do you think the Futura (at least the good parts of it) project was public knowledge from the beginning? It doesn't seem that the public was bothered by the innate fact that a generation was actually being grown until Things Went Terribly Wrong.
There is no other mention of Hanto Genomics that I can find past the Lost sidebar of the core book. As it was the spearhead of the research and seems to have disappeared, I am guessing it took the brunt of the blame for the project failure and went bankrupt. Cognite seems to have survived (barely) due to ...what; innocence, blackmail material, good lawyers, deep pockets? If a genomics company was the main partner of the project rather than a cognitics (?) corporation; then I guess that whatever made Futura even a theoretical possibility had more to do with biomorphic genetics rather than cognitive circuitry.
The team must have been either very confident and/or desperate to have used TITAN technology. Do you think this part of the project was known if the rest of the project was publicized? Was the Consortium or Ozma in on it (or at least aware of it)?
Could the TITAN tech be a trap left by the TITAN? Something that seemed obviously helpful (once tamed) in the short term but subtly harmful in the long run.
Anyway, somehow the project Went Wrong. Do you think it was a conspiracy from the beginning by the project heads, sabotage from some other party, or a accident. My understanding is that the infection had to be deliberate but there is no proof as to who.
It occurs to me that if you believe you are trapped in a video game, other 'characters' aren't real and thus killing them isn't anything. If a player's actions in typical video game were translated into real life, that person might seem to have no regards for other people (characters). Such as character might be considered psychotic at first glance.
If the Futura project had actually worked (that is, no psi and no psychosis), how do you think the kids would have reacted once literally released into the 'real world.'; resentment and gratitude. Would the kids have been indentured to pay for their upbringing?
I'll stop here for now? I look forward to your feedback. Thanks in advance! :-)