"I identify with the weak person; this is one reason why my fictional protagonists are essentially antiheroes."
In Gibson's novels, people often access computers directly, without using a keyboard or mouse (or any other input device). In this case, the connection is achieved by using a kind of webbing with electrodes embedded in it.
In real-world use of electrodes that communicate with your brain, the connection is a bit messier than just putting on your trode-net.
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