A new form of transportation creates a society unbound by geography.
I wanted to create a utopian/dystopian setup such that the price they pay is so commonplace it's unknown. Each new technology comes with sacrifices that people of the past would inevitably be horrified by. However, as time goes on it becomes a non-issue to the point where people become oblivious to its underlying mechanics. So the line between the two, utopia and dystopia, are entirely interwoven.
The specific technology I use is currently proven in lab environments (albiet in reverse). This in turn creates my version of a non-human because it's something new that could be argued either way and isn't easily defined.