The next logical iteration of the computer-in-your-pocket (which we still call a “phone”) is a computer implanted into you. This I think will be the basis of personal technology for Concordia: a chip planted into the skull, that acts as the personal computer/communication device for each citizen.
It would be inherently wireless, able to access the internet and interface with other devices. It would have voice and sound modules in the jaw, and probably some kind of heads-up-display. Would that be able to be displayed directly on the eyeball with nanoprojectors, or would it need something a little more device-y over the eye?
There would need to be a way to interface with it as well, beyond what would likely have to be simple brain controls. Perhaps a touch-screen-like environment that gets projected onto a surface in front of you? Or if you’re interfacing with an existing terminal, you can use its screen?
Of course, real tech-heads would go all out with this thing, and similar implanted techs, extending their cybernetic abilities. But there would probably be legal regulations against going too far, for safety reasons – I imagine as much as technology has advanced, it’s certainly not perfect yet. Major enhancements would also be expensive – since each requires surgery.
These may be a little more common in the technological underworld. I love the cyberpunk criminal tech world of Neuromancer, and imagine similar things, with black market hospitals for the surgery, experimental chips and programs, etc.
But at the same time, where an iphone might be stolen from someone or a computer accessed from a public terminal, these personal computers would have to be implanted surgically. And while they might be ubiquitous enough that basically everyone has one by tweenhood, there would be one exception: people who grew up outside of the normal societal structure.
Sure, someone on the streets in the undercity would have access to the black market clinics, but if they never had the money to get it, they would be completely cut off from “normal” cultural awareness, cut off from the communications grid, and in a way cut off from each other. What a divide that would create.
Would there still be computer terminals that people could access without a chip? What purpose would they serve? Who would be expected to use them? Or are they relics of the last generation, before the chips were so ubiquitous? Ah, but they would still have had something personal, the beginnings of a chip, perhaps linked to a handheld device closer to what we have today.
I like the possibilities here, but there are still a lot of questions to answer. What do you think?