Dozens of brave souls in America and Japan have undergone brain surgery to implant hardware that allows customized dreams and heads-up Internet on demand.
Charter Industrial Applications first created the implants to allow speechless communication. Successive generations of hardware and software followed to today's system allowing even REM sleep manipulation.
"It's artificial telepathy," says University of Maryland surgeon Hector Gonzolez who has performed several of the procedures. "The technology augments all cerebreal functions, even in sleep.
"It's quite amazing to watch a computer screen showing the three dimensional representation of a dream along with the brain's processes including sensation and problem solving specifics."
Brain implants are big business.
"Our maverick patients are spending their stock options on a bet to become more productive workers than even their bosses," said the doctor. "It's been very cutthroat."
Consulting firms are sprouting up to feed this new generation of cyborgs steady streams of business information.
Popular demand and deep pockets have contracted Deep Into It Productions to work on a version of its Dating Around software to suit the desires of the cyberjunkies.
Critics fear the gluttonous creations are going to create a two-tiered society where cyborgs dominate positions of wealth and power while normals are relegated to menial labor with diminishing returns.
Futurists share similar concerns but have generally been proud of their predictions.
Charter Industrial Applications is currently focusing on the technology's hardware.
"We would like to duplicate a person's conciousness completely within a computer network," said a spokesman.
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