Neural Comm vs Neural Link

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Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby BigDogsRunning » Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:04 pm

What are some more ramifications of the neural link vs. the neural comm? Computer level? Does the neural link represent a wired nervous system, or just tapping into the motor centers of the brain? Could a neural link be hijacked to remotely control someone’s body? Could you program a sequence of movements into a neural link for triggering later?
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby AnotherDilbert » Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:46 pm

A neural link is presumably used with another computer, e.g. wafer jack or external computer?

I suppose it depends on how trans-human you want you campaign? I would only allow read access to the nervous system, so no remote control of sophonts (unless it is illegal slave-tech?).
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby BigDogsRunning » Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:26 am

Except that a Neural Link allows the use of physical skill based expert systems, so it would seem to have more than read-only access to the CNS.

Thoughts?
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby ShawnDriscoll » Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:00 am

BigDogsRunning wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:04 pm
What are some more ramifications of the neural link vs. the neural comm? Computer level? Does the neural link represent a wired nervous system, or just tapping into the motor centers of the brain? Could a neural link be hijacked to remotely control someone’s body? Could you program a sequence of movements into a neural link for triggering later?
Plot-driven.
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby AnotherDilbert » Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:10 am

BigDogsRunning wrote: Except that a Neural Link allows the use of physical skill based expert systems, so it would seem to have more than read-only access to the CNS.
It's still, just like with mental skills, you doing the task with the help of an Expert system. I do not at all see any remote control involved.

If you want to use Intellect + Expert to hand the task over completely to the computer while you are thinking about something else, that would require remote control. And obviously risk being hacked and remote controlled by some random hacker...
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby WingedCat » Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:00 pm

BigDogsRunning wrote:
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:04 pm
What are some more ramifications of the neural link vs. the neural comm? Computer level? Does the neural link represent a wired nervous system, or just tapping into the motor centers of the brain? Could a neural link be hijacked to remotely control someone’s body? Could you program a sequence of movements into a neural link for triggering later?
Computer level (though my Pirates of Drinax character has a custom one using the best of both types). More importantly, one can do physical skills as well as mental, while the other is mental skills only.

I find it very unlikely that a neural link could be hijacked. Wetware brains just don't have the same security vulnerabilities as ordinary computers. If you want to hack people, that's called "social engineering", and it doesn't require any special hardware to perform.

(Granted, Agent of the Imperium posited that a specialized wafer can hijack a person for about a month. But that doesn't require a neural link or a neural comm, just a wafer jack - and it directly hijacks the higher brain functions, rather than directly puppeting the body.)
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Re: Neural Comm vs Neural Link

Postby dmclean62 » Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:50 pm

Related book reference: March Upcountry by David Weber and John Ringo. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empire_of_Man

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