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Jack City


What else can we expect?
Margaret Coolidge was standing behind the stage
podium taking turns tugging nervously on either her grey
skirt or grey turtleneck. She was told twenty military
doctors would be in attendance but that estimate was
ridiculously low. Over two hundred were listening to her
and scribbling wildly in their notebooks. If she had been
properly informed she would have worn something much
less skin tight. At five foot three inches tall and barely one
hundred pounds she was considered the lab darling and
extremely attractive. She pushed up her wire rimmed
glasses and began the symposium.
"In 1984 William Gibson wrote a novel called
Neuromancer, which was basically the predecessor to an
entire genre of books about brain implants having the
ability to augment strength and vision in human beings.
The precedent was interesting but laughable during a
period of time when mullets were more popular than
computers. As early as 1976 our scientists were able to
record brain signals from monkeys using simple
electrodes. In time we developed brain pacemakers not
unlike the same products used for hearts but in the back of
our own minds the illusion and the allure of popular
science fiction drew us closer and closer to implants that
could perform what William Gibson imagined thirty years
ago.
 
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