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"Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is infinitely less multiplex than the real deal, which is multiplex to the point of being unknowable."
- William Gibson

Cranial Amplified Programming CAP  
  An aid to learning, which you apply directly to your skull.  

Crew chief quickly opens a plastic box and removes stacks of gray circles, like doilies or lace yarmulkes, each sealed in gel in an envelope of transparent plastic. Here's the good stuff, Bueller says. I guarantee pleasant dreams.

The envelopes gleam and squish as she passes them out, one apiece.

Part one of your brain boost, weeks of training, makes you all good citizens.

There called caps, Bueller says. Used to be an acronym, I forget for what.

Cranial amplified programming, Borden says.

Yes ma'am. Now you know why I forgot. You don't need to shave your head's, just pull the caps out of there wrappers, place them over the center of your crown, and they'll settle in and glue down. Leave them there until they fall off. They don't put anything inside your skull but training and info, and that will take 12 hours to set up and become useful.

From Killing Titan, by Greg Bear.
Published by Orbit in 2015
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Compare to neural lace from Surface Detail (2010) by Iain Banks.

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