Chapter 14
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Quantum Telepathy

What comes after wireless communication? Quantum telepathy…and look out, because it’s going to be weird. A Nashville-based counterculture artist navigates a future replete with “nurbs,” self-motivated creatures that replace everything from pets to modes of transportation, like an old Lincoln Continental powered by a giant slug. A socially awkward tech genius is secretly experimenting with “quantum wetware,” which allows nurbs to create telepathic links with their owners and creates creepily intimate psychic connections between people.

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Rudy Rucker is a science fiction author, philosopher, mathematician, and one of the founders of the cyberpunk movement. He worked for twenty years as a computer science professor at San Jose State University and has published a number of software packages. His novels include Turing & Burroughs (2012), Jim and the Flims (2011), and Hylozoic (2009), as well as the Ware Tetralogy (1982–2000), a four-book cyberpunk series that won two Philip K. Dick awards.
  • Quantum Telepathy

    I want to start a thread about telepathy, treating it as a potentially feasible future technology. One route in this direction might involve electromagnetic waves emanating from your brain. Another route could involve quantum entanglement.

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  • Excerpt from The Lifebox, the Seashell and the Soul

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    I compare language to telepathy to point out how powerful language is. In the intimate conversations that you have with a lover, spouse or close friend, language feels as effortless as singing or dancing. The ideas flow and the minds merge.

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