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"Science and science fiction, how do you even distinguish the two?"
- Jerry Pournelle

Phased Acoustical Array  
  An music system implanted right on your eardrum.  

What a great idea - this way, you always have your tunes available. And, for noise reduction headphones - the palms of your hands! But does each individual ear canal need to be certified for THX?

The damn bells kept ringing through the fog. Bud mumbled a command to his music system, a phased acoustical array splayed across both eardrums like the seeds on a strawberry. The volume went up but couldn't scour away the deep tones of the carillon, which resonated in his long bones. He wondered whether, as long as he was at the mod parlor, he should have the batteries drilled out of his right mastoid and replaced. Supposedly they were ten-year jobs, but he'd had them for six and he listened to music all the time, loud.
From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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