It all started with a Press Release by IBM back in the year 2022.
IBM would like to reveal to everyone the Neural Loop Chip. This chip connects the Cloud to every one wearing it. It also connects every brain that is wearing one. All thoughts are uploaded, analyzed in real time, verified by factual information, processed and downloaded in real time. It is a breakthrough that Dr. Ira Lev, Hirohito Shuto, and Nisha Bajaf shared the Nobel Prize for in Chemistry and Physics.
IBM is proud of them and their teams.
The Neural Loop Chip was an instantaneous hit. The first year the chips were available for the General Public- they outsold the entire first decade of Smartphone sales. Languages were no longer a barrier to communication. You never had to “learn” another language..you already knew them all.
It seemed strange (at first) to see one person speaking say “Finnish”, another speaking German, and a third speaking Arabic- yet they were all talking to one another. Whatever language you spoke, the other person heard the translation in their own language. Nobody had to “learn” more than one language.
School changed dramatically within days of the Neural Loop Chip being released. Decades of archaic educational systems were brought down by one simple fact: tests of individual scores were obsolete. You knew all the Maths everyone else knew- as soon as they knew it. In fact…the same was true with every Academic Discipline. Once you decided to access that Discipline, you became a de facto expert in it. Schools were rendered redundant excess.
Oh, and there was that first flurry of sexual thoughts, passions, and trysts uploaded. So many that a special area was set aside in the cloud for the so called “Orgasmics” to meet in. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was technically an exceptional lover. Only it turns out that you can’t upload more than technique, skills, and experiences. You still had to “fall in love”, or have “chemistry” to bond. And that was beyond the ability of the Neural Loop Chip to provide.
It proved two things: we were still Human. And Humans prefer to spend most of their days without the frenzied few minutes of sexual activity. Many folks just turned that part of the chip off…until needed.
But, by far, the most interesting (and totally unexpected) effect of the Neural Loop Chip was the end of lying. No one. No one ever expected that side affect to happen, let alone become part of the Hive Mind. The reason was so simple that most of us just never thought about it- everyone already knew everything.
Once you were uploaded and linked- well, exaggeration, false claims, and duplicity, were impossible. You could no longer claim to have been somewhere you hadn’t been to. Everyone knew where you had been, or were, or are.
No one could twist facts to fit their worldview, because everyone had the same facts- and the same algorithms, processing power, and access to the Super Computers, that everyone else had. Lie about your past? Not possible. Lie about your age, achievements, or accomplishments? Not possible. Hide your business or personal relationships? Not possible.
Humans had become fully transparent.
No one alive today, here in the year 2119, could believe that just one hundred years ago there was great debate over what was a statement of fact, and what was one of mere belief. They couldn’t believe it, but they knew it. It was just another fact…and no one could lie about it.
Trust was a given. No one had to earn it anymore. If a person told you they could do it, or would, they did. “I love you.” Meant just that. So did “I need to be alone.” Respect was the new Norm. Privacy was a virtue that was not only considered polite, but was also backed by Law. Your thoughts were still yours to hold.
Violating someone’s privacy on the Cloud- or by hacking into their link, was a crime punishable by the harshest punishment ever conceived by Humanity. Isolation. Your chip was removed. Nothing else need be done. Failure to thrive would do the rest.