The story of Beyond the Pale takes place circa 2060. Much of the technological advances in cybernetics which are featured in the book are referred to in this recent report by the U.S. Intelligence think tank.
In the new report, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) describes how implants, prosthetics, and powered exoskeletons will become regular fixtures of human life. The report predicts that prosthetics should reach the point where they are more capable and effective than organic limbs. By 2030, the military will increasingly rely on exoskeletons to help soldiers carry heavy loads and soldiers will also be administered psychostimulants to help them remain active for longer periods.
Retinal eye implants to enable night vision and other previously inaccessible light spectrums. Advanced neuropharmaceuticals will allow for vastly improved working memory, attention, and speed of thought.
Neural interfaces into the brain will become more common allowing integration with devices that will bridge the…
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