People who "... do not have more than 65% of their brain function provided by natural human neural tissue" according to a new, pernicious and poorly thought-out law "shall cease to be legal persons and become property of the nearest family member or holder of greatest corporate interest."
Brain implants have been a wonderful new medical technology. They make Alzheimer's less aggressive and destructive, they calm seizures, they even have made addiction possible to conquer for millions of people. Some 40% of the population have some form of artificial addition or replacement in their brains. But, there have always been objectors and conspiracy theories. The lack of transparency of some companies due to IP concerns isn't helping.
Fear rises of "mind controlled" people taking over the government or changing society forever. The first law passed makes it illegal for children to receive brain implants the next targets those who hold public office, this makes the political leaders much more likely to be skeptics or worse people who believe the most outlandish conspiracies. The momentum for the "65" law gains steam and now that it is passed it must be enforced.
- How will it be enforced?
- How can people try to get around the law and keep their life saving implants?
(To make things more complex there are ways that those with larger proportions of machine intelligence can seem very different from the 'pure unmodified': Their uncanny memories, their ability to 'talk' to each other effectively through telepathy-- and there are some who think we should do more than just cure disease-- we should actively seek to improve the human mind-- among them is 98, so named because 98% of his brain has been replaced over about a decade. He's a lightning rod figure in the political debate, and some people who simply have one or two small implants think his rhetoric just causes trouble)