the human headband

AI continued. The tide turns.

By Diomedes | Robert O'Reilly | 28 Sep 2023



The four of us, Ted, Hanna, Sarah and I spent many more weeks in our lab dissecting every component of Pandora's goggles over and over again til we felt confident that we understood the functionality of every piece. We viewed all the data bases of the first creators of the glasses, their logs and various designs as they were slowly brought to birth. All of these were benign. The nefarious elements were all Dora's work and these were the last add-ons and because of that they were detachable. Even their programming was in separate sectors of her chips to keep them hidden from the scientists in the labs, thinking they were about to bless our minds with unlimited powers.

But as with all science, each discovery we made with the dissection of dozens of sets of these goggles, each question answered, ten new questions arose. We made another trip to Emeryville to collect more data banks and parts that we had assumed trivial and unimportant at first. And our excitement was expanding as fast as our knowledge. Each insight led to a dozen more.

It's like the slow acquisition of wealth. The more you gain the more things pop into your head that you suddenly need to own. And with each of these items complimentary products occur that you would never have imagined months earlier. It's an unending cycle, the curse of the rich, and sometimes their downfall.

One morning Ted, in a state of wild excitement, ran into Sara's and my bedroom, shaking us awake and with an idea which was absolutely brilliant. We'd been dissecting this intriguing machine for over six months now and today he announced we were going to build one.

The first thing he told us was that there would never be anything over our eyes again, never a screen, and yet we'd be able to see further and more clearly than ever before. All of the evil portions of Dora's creating could be easily and completely removed, starting with the visors. The laser optical filaments and their command chips would be scalped. But the other electrical filaments that touched so many of our synapses in their myriad web would be kept and put to a far better use. Just the programming would be radically altered to sense information, process it and aid it with advanced computational skills. All elements of WIFI would be eradicated. Our brains would be entirely our own. But an ARM processor, RAM and a solid state drive for storage all held on a very small motherboard.

This would vastly enhance our computational, analytical and memory brainpower, like a second brain working in perfect conjunction with our own, organizing thoughts, increasing concentration and stimulating connections and correlations of ideas, even increasing physical sensations and pleasures. It would be our own personal AI, completely our own and untouchable by any one else, no ports allowed, no vision obstructed.

It would also grow with each individual as its powers developed with use, increasing personality, enhancing one's psyche. It would expand us immensely and its wealth would be sure to expand our empathy and feelings towards each other because we be delighted by our new found powers, never a threat to any other, only closer and kinder as more understanding and better human beings.

We sat to work immediately, often skipping meals. The band would now cover only our heads to the front of our ears, for the same four screw entry points for the filaments. The closest analogy I can think of would be a woman's headband, visible around the top of her head, covering the sides of her ears in two invisible strips and enhancing her head.

But there would be no front, only a one inch wide and half and inch thick strip holding all the guts, from the top of the ears to the back central skull, the screws holding it in place, our own personalized and untouchable AI.

Within weeks we had a beta model which I tried out as I had the filament mesh in my head, which readily reattached to the receptors through the screw portals as the had been taught like the little worms they were. And it worked beautifully. Each day my thoughts began to double, then triple, then quintuple with greater clarity as my synapses directed their new assets through the net. My memory became photographic. I could read the most complex math texts with ease within hours and solve equations thought unsolvable in a few more, all the while making love to Sarah or Beth in bed to their far increased satisfaction.

Since it's been a few months that I've left off this story (due to a painful arm injury) you might want to read the last two episodes to understand this one or start at the beginning. Here are the two links:

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B.A. in Latin and Greek from U.C. Berkley. Writer, Blogger and retired Electrician.

Robert O'Reilly
Robert O'Reilly

I am educated in the Western Classical Tradition, B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in Latin and Greek, English major, one year at U. of Toronto, studied under Alain Renoir and Northrop Frye, read most classics full time for many years after university in French, English, Latin and Greek to the modern day. I am interested in the near future of technology, what changes it imposes upon our heritage and character as humans. Short stories and Essays are my medium.

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