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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

BrainPal  
  A neural implant.  

You now have access to your BrainPal computer system.. Would you like to activate it at this time?

I picked YES.

Suddenly, a deep, rich soothing voice out of nowhere. I nearly jumped out of my new green skin.

"Hello!" it said. "You are interfacing with your BrainPal internal computer, with the patented Assistive Adaptive Interface! Do not be alarmed! Thanks to the BrainPal integration, the voice you are now hearing is being generated directly to the hearing centers of your brain.

From Old Man's War, by John Scalzi.
Published by Tor in 2005
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It has lots of cool features; for example, a text interface.

We will now proceed with a text interface, a line of text read, floating directly in my line of sight. The text was perfectly contrasted with what I was staring at...

Thanks to Adi for submitting a tip on this item.

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