At 01:19 AM 10/19/98 -0400, Ian Goddard wrote:
One of my favorite SF writers, Greg Egan, has dealt with this brilliantly, especially in Quarantine, and some of the stories in Axiomatic (inc. the title story). For instance, in the novel, the neurotechnologically augmented private eye is given a "loyalty mod" by a mysterious group. He *knows* that he has an implant that makes him want to serve the group, yet he really *does* want to serve it. Egan does a good job examining how his character deals with this dissonance.
Marc Steigler's wonderfully extropian story, "The Gentle Seduction" (reprinted in Nanodreams) does something like you mention. His character receives an implant bestowing mathematical abilities. The new calculative abilities seem to the person to come not from an external device, but from her own mind. That's the way a good interface should be! Perhaps that is one mark of an enhancement/augmentation vs. the addition of a separate device.
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