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Old Man’s War
Dystopia
Utopia
Invasive
Novel
BCI Name
BrainPal
Old Man’s War
First Published
2005
Form Factor
implant
Old Man’s War
linking
communication
robot/object control
consciousness transfer
knowledge upload
storage
Old Man’s War
Linking

The BrainPal is a neural implant that allows members of the Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) to send and receive data, including speech, battle plans and much more. CDF soldiers use their BrainPals to translate alien languages, watch classic cartoons, and read old books. A BrainPal allows a CDF soldier to operate colonial technology by thought alone. A CDF rifle can only be used by someone with a BrainPal. To the members of the Ghost Brigades the BrainPal does much much more: it provides a synthetic consciousness that allows the newborn soldiers to function until their own identities develop. This gives people who meet Special Forces the impression that they know everything. When presented with a situation that is unfamiliar to the newborn soldier, the BrainPal loads the relevant and important information directly into the mind at an amazing rate.

15%
Reality Factor
117yrs
BCI Forecast
60%
Neuroptimism
10%
Neurafictionality