"This is a predictive tool I've used: There are goals we've sought for ten thousand years, and we'll go on seeking them. Instant transport and travel, immortality (or at least longevity and miracle cures.), instant learning …"
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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