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The Implant is an online newspaper dedicated to news about technology and scientific breakthroughs. It has been founded in late 2018 by SSI NEWS and Elegy Megacorporation, which provides the equipment and infrastructure needed for a young team of tech-enthusiasts to keep an involved audience up to date.

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Report: Synapse System has reduced Sunset City traffic jams by 15%, expansion imminent

Ever since Synapse's introduction in mid 2017, the artificial intelligence has not only been analysing surveillance footage and optimising crime prevention strategies, but has also kept track of all approximately 30 million motor vehicles in the Greater Sunset City Metropolitan Area. Over the course of the last one and a half years, traffic congestion went down by 15%. Soon, it will make commuting all over the nation a breeze.

By Donoban Dōson
8 December 2018

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Synapse's thousands of eyes constantly analyse live traffic data, both from GPS tags and video feeds to generate alternative routes to reduce travel times. Furthermore, it can alarm authorities in emergency situations like accidents or crimes.

Just looking at the raw amount of it generated by citizens of the Sunset Sea Islands over the course of one day, one might think that humans exhale data instead of carbon dioxide. Ever sice the beginning of the digital age, data generation has experienced exponential growth. This new resource is put to good use by the engineers behind the Synapse System. Aside from reducing crime to a mere memory throughout the Radiant Republic, the evaluation of our data makes many other aspects of our daily lives more expedient.

One of the most significant effects of the Synapse System is the reduction of traffic jams by monitoring all motor vehicles in Sunset City, and soon in the entirety of the nation. Synapse has mastered the art of controlling the flow of cars, motorcycles and trucks by autonomously changing traffic lights, by planning efficient detours and by sending suggestions for faster routes directly to the individual cars.

Now, after sufficient proof exists, that the Synapse System improved traffic circulation in Sunset City, it's authority will be expanded to the rest of the Radiant Republic. The growth of Synapse simultaneously means that the improvements in security and quality of life will finally also be coming to the rural regions of the nation. However, since digital infrastructure in the countryside is lacking in comparison to the urban centres, major investments are neccessary in these fields.

In cooperation with the government of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands, Elegy Megacorporation has rolled out a program to further Synapse's horizon throughout the whole nation by installing thousands of state-of-the-art surveillance cameras. Since the efficiency of computer vision would decrease dramatically in correlation with the distance with the central Synapse Supercomputer in the capital, regional AI "cores" will be installed in more remote areas of the nation. The exact location of these supercomputers is and will be highly restricted, as public knowledge about these vital nodes would pose a tremendeous security issue.

Elegy Megacorporation provides both the hard- and the software for the Synapse System. The expansion will be accompanied by the creation of thousands of new jobs throughout the Radiant Republic, applying is always possible.

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Warehouse drone damages Capsaicin tank, 30 hospitalised

Aside from producing and distributing the nation's most popular smartphone, the ElePhone, Elegy Megacorporation also runs one of the largest online shopping services of the world. Over one hundred thousand robots and drones are increasing the efficiency of this logistical masterpiece on a daily basis. Well, that is unless they're not spraying human employees with pepper spray.

By Rana Sumishī
9 December 2018

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An army of thousands of robot-vaccum-like robots transport soon-to-be-shipped goods from shelves to logistical terminals within Elegy's warehouses. Even though other robots load them up, human labour is still essential for the company.

Earlier today, an industrial tobot accidentally tore open a can of wildlife repellant in a warehouse of Elegy Megacorp's online shopping service EleExpress on the outskirts of Sunset City. The aerosol immediately rushed out of the canister and harmed over two dozen human employees, who, in contrast to cold-harted and iron-skinned machines, do mind if you douse them in pepper spray.

The workers have quickly been brought to nearby hospitals and compensated for their pain by Elegy, who values its employees and cares about their security. According to the doctors, all thirty individuals are out of critical condition and will be released over the course of tomorrow. Some less affected workers were treated at the scene. Once the aerosol was filtered out of the warehouse air, work resumed as usual. The lost time, however, might lead to some transportation delays, Elegy speakers said.

To prevent such incidents causing delays in the future, Elegy Megacorporation is thinking about how to reduce human involvement in their fulfillment centres even more. In theory, a minimal supervisory team of human overseers should suffice to keep a fully automated warehouse running.

The surrounding residential area was not put in any form of danger, although the sound of fire engines and ambulances might have disturbed their sleep. The recipient of the wildlife repellant has been compensated for the loss of his order and the producer advised to reinforce the structural integrity of his products.

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POV Pseudoholographic displays spice up the advertisement game

Remember those USB fans you'd plug into your laptop on a hot day that looked really cool because they displayed a holographic image of an analogue clock but didn't really cool you down at all? Well, they've given up on cooling you, and focussed on becoming cooler themselves. Persistence Of Vision Displays have come a long way, and they're epic.

By Donoban Dōson
9 December 2018

Looking at a single POV fan can already be mind-boggling. I cannot imagine how hard it is to program a strip of LEDs to blink in such a fashion that they project a miniature clock when spun really fast. Well, it turns out that the people who are smart enough to do stuff like that can do even more. Now, in late 2018, we're at the point where you can have grids the size of billboards projecting full-colour 3D video.

Standing in front of one of these makes your jaw drop. At first I thought that the grid of black tubes supporting the fans would break the immersion, but trust me, as soon as the lights start spinning, you're in a whole different world. Rotating images of cars, rings, basically whatever you can model in 3D on a computer, suddenly levitate in mid-air.

Nevertheless, a couple of aspects still need to be worked on, for example the, already quite impressive, viewing angle stability. But as interest in POV displays rises, so does funding. Therefore, improvements are only a question of time.

Holy smokes, we're really living in the future.

Although POV displays are not entirely affordable, not to mention ten by twenty meter arrays of them, some advertisers are already investing in the new technology. Some shops in the tech-y districts of Sunset City have already installed POV displays over their entrances, attracting the gazes of pedestrians. As the technology gets more and more popular, applications in both large scales, such as facade-spanning holographic displays, and in small scales, such as vending machines, suddenly are within the realm of possibility.

To everyone, who thought that we'd never have levitating, holographic displays like the one's we've seen in the movies, you're wrong. The future is now.

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Number of exoskeletons in Tesura manufactories reaches 100

They might not be as impressive as the huge mechs you've seen on TV, but they're still quite impressive in their own way. Exoskeletons have begun to improve working conditions for Tesura employees.

By Rana Sumishī
9 December 2018

As a journalist, I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my monitor and, I admit it, my posture isn't the best. There are better things to do for your back than slouching on your office chair. But even I can imagine how physically straining it must be to work full-time in a car manufactoring plant, especially if your screwing around on the underside of a car suspended above your head.

Since Tesura's employees are its most valuable resource, the company has invested in motorised exoskeleton vests, that provide additional support for the shoulders of the hard workers. Especially the longest-serving employees in Tesura's ranks receive priority when it comes to the supportive structures. Once you lift your arms over your head, you basically don't have to use your muscles anymore, the vest holds your arms up there all by itself.

Long-term studies have shown shoulder injuries to be the most common medical condition occuring in car manufactories, and also the ones that take the longest to heal. The slow but steady implementation of exoskeletons improves worker safety significantly.

It remains to be seen, how the future of exoskeletons will develop and whether or not it will spread to other brances of the industry as well. Further potential applications include SDF and police use.

Elegy has been in talks with Tesura about potentially acquiring the rights to the electric car company.

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Drones to deliver packages to rural areas

Turns out getting from a to b in a nation which basically is one huge nature reserve is kinda hard, especially when you want to deliver goods to people who somehow still do not live in the urbanised cities. Drones might revolutionise the transport industry.

By Rana Sumishī
9 December 2018

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An EleExpress trial drone delivering a package over the forests of Liberty Island.

A mere few years ago, drones were nothing but a hobby. Oh, how times have changed. Now, the technology has sufficiently improved to make short and middle range deliveries by drone possible.

Although we're far from seeing swarms of EleExpress drones migrating over the skies of the Radiant Republic, the first step to a future of autonomous delivery has long been done. For the longest time, transport companies were on the lookout for new and revolutionary ways of minimising delivery times and expenses by any means possible. Drones seem to be the solution they were looking for.

As a proof of concept, EleCorp has sent a delivery drone across Liberty Island and delivered a 15kg package to Porto Libertad. According to the manufacturers, the drone is able to carry weights of up to 50kg, however, the range drops significantly as the carried weight increases.

Nevertheless, as the need for new means of transportation increases and companies become more and more dependent on autonomous drones, funding in this area is expected to increase over the next few years.

The government of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands is currently also debating the implementation of surveillance drones throughout cities hooked up to the Synapse System, to improve the coverage of its's live video feeds. Autonomously moving cameras could also be used to punctually provide additional viewing angles, should the need arise.

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SSI Self-Defence-Force to use VR in training

And here I thought all of those kids playing first person shooter games on their computers and consoles would never actually have any skills to use in real life. Well, I was wrong. The SSISDF began to use VR setups to prepare their operatives for dangerous situations.

By Donoban Dōson
9 December 2018

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Three SSISDF soldiers equipped with VR headsets and weapon replicas. Battery-powered computers in their backpacks analyse their movements and generate the personalised visuals for every individual soldier.

When the SSISDF was reintroduced after decades of not having any form of army, reactions throughout the Sunset Sea Islands were mixed at best and outraged at worst. Now, however, the tides have turned. Ever since the '17 Sorrows woke our nation from its slumber, the number of applicants for service have increased, even though they are still relatively low.

Even though now, more than one year after the worst terrorist attack of the nation's history, things seem to have calmed down again, the SSISDF has been training hard to prepare for situations of similar magnitude.

By training for both long-range and close quarter combat, as well as infiltration missions in virtual reality, the SSISDF is doing its part in guaranteeing the safety and security of every single citizen of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands.

So, if you think that your kid might be spending too much time in the computer-generated reality behind some clunky goggles, think about the fact that it might one day be preventing a bad guy from hurting you in real life. The future of our nation might be in their hands.

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Bionic boots conquer Solitude Island

Now this is is a physical activity that could actually make me leave the comfort of my home for an afternoon. A group of teenagers recently began uploading self-made videos to the internet showing them exploring the wastes of Solitude Islands with bionic boots, spring-loaded foolware that increases running speeds and jump heights significantly.

By Rana Sumishī
9 December 2018

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A young inhabitant of Tenma running around the rough terrain of Solitude Island in a pair of bionic boots

It looks like a scene straight outta a video game. A horde of young people wearing sci-fy-looking footware acrobatically jumping over boulders, crossing crevices and racing across vast, open areas. A couple of camera drones follow them as they make their way through the surroundings of Tenma. The videos, which they upload to VOD streaming services, reach an audience of millions.

We've asked "B10N1C_800TZ", the owner of the channel, for a comment about why this phenomenon is suddenly rising in popularity. "Well, for one, in the past, Solitude Island has only been that rock in the sea that's only inhabited by miners and a couple of rocket scientists. Now, however, as more and more people move here and Tenma continues to prosper in the wastes, it was only a question of time until people actually wanted to explore the place they're living in. I found these boots online and just decided to take them for a spin and upload the footage to the web. A couple of people saw the videos and soon a couple of viewers from Tenma bought their own boots and began accompaniying me on my runs. Now, people even come from the other ends of the country to run with us. The engagement is really something.
Oh, and also, it just looks really cool."

In a similar fashion, freerunning and parcour have been soaring in popularity in the urban sprawls of the Greater Sunset City Metropolitan Area. Both on- and offline warehouses report rising sales in running equipment, including bionic boots. A pair of bionic boots cost about 100-200 SSI Sols.

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Elegy Megacorp founds subsidiary for @Morheim Trade & Industry Zone

In November, the Morhemian Ministry of Trade and Industry announced that an industrial park mainly aimed at inviting foreign investors into the nation was to be opened at the beginning of the new year. Now, Elegy Megacorporation has presented their plans for their involvement in the project.

By Donoban Dōson
9 December 2018

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The Elegy Institute for Statistics and Opinion Research is soon to conduct medical studies and large-scale opinion polls in the Queendom of Morheim

Over the last few months, several companies from all over the world have applied for a place within the Morheim Trade & Industry Zone. However, it has taken Elegy Megacorporation some time to decide on a viable concept for their presence in the soon-to-be-opened zone.

The Elegy Institute for Statistics and Opinion Research has been specially founded for Elegy's expansion into the Morhemian market. Whilst the megacorp prefers to maintain its most lucrative branches within the borders of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands, the Morhemian subsidiary might prove to be a valuable expansion of Elegy's sample size.

Soon, the EISOR will conduct opinion polls throughout southern Argis, something they need a lot of Morhemian locals for. Elegy calculates that this branch office will create jobs for up to 1000 Morhemians, as well as around 50 Sunset Sea Islandians, mostly in supervisory positions.

Furthermore, EISOR plans on conducting medical studies, for example testing new medicine on volunteers, which will be put under medical surveillance and financially compensated for their initiative.

Applications, both for citizens of the Queendom and the Radiant Republic, are now open.

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@Morheim's Zenith Data Systems presents military navigation implants

Yesterday, the Morhemian Crown Cronicles reported on biotech company Zenith Data Systems announcing a cooperation with the military to test subdermal implants for navigation purposes. What might look creepy now might quickly turn into a really useful gadget.

By Rana Sumishī
16 December 2018

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The future is coming and it's telling you where to go using just five subdermal LEDs implanted in a thirty minute procedure.

Ever got tired of checking your phone every few minutes when in a new town? Does looking at a navigation system in your car make you anxious? Well, knowing where to go might become as easy as looking at your wristwatch.

These rudimentary subdermal implants, currently being tested by volunteers in the Morhemian armed forces, can either be linked to your smartphone or directly to the GPS network. Not only is this useful for soldiers, who need to concentrate on the way ahead and have no time for maps, the visual signals and vibrations indicating new directions might be a glimpse into the future of personal navigation.

Right now, we are in the early stages of this technology. Five big red lights below your skin might already be pretty nice to have, but this is just the beginning. It doesn't take much creativity to imagine larger arrays of small LEDs displaying information such as the time or weather on the back of your hand.

The implants were inserted with during a thirty minute operation by a single nurse. Naturally, the volunteers received local anesthetics to make them numb to the pain of somebody cutting up your hand and shoving a chip in. The removal of the implant after the test period takes the same amount of time and effort.

However, the question still remains whether or not it is work getting a rudimentary subdermal implant or simply waring a smart watch that does all the same things and more but better. Nevertheless, this development is still really interesting, not only to us, but also to other companies. With Elegy anouncing their participation in the Morhemian Trade and Industry Zone, some already speculate that the megacorp might soon reach out to Zenith Data Systems to inquire about a potential cooperation.

We will continue to report on these fascinating developments in the world of cybernetic implants and bodymodding. 

We're on our way to the future. Oh, and also this is the first time The Implant is writing about actual implants, so that's something.

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Smart school uniforms hit the classrooms

Mandatory school uniforms have guaranteed equality in the schoolyard, a feeling of unity and easy identification throughout the Sunset Sea Islands for decades. This year, however, has marked a new chapter in the long history of SSI school uniforms, as more and more schools have decided to introduce smart uniforms with sewn-in microchips.

By Donoban Dōson
27 December 2018

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Three young boys wearing traditional school uniforms

The first and most obvious advantage is the elimination of any chance to skip school. By instantly knowing whether or not a student has appeared to school, parents and authorities can immediately be informed. Naturally, the first step is to inform the parents and ask, whether or not the student is home because of an illness, should that not have been reported beforehand. Should they not be, a police car can be dispatched to the runaway's exact location and escort them back to the classroom, thanks to tracking and facial recognition. Also, thanks to the chip the schools know exactly, whether a student is on time or has a tendency of running late.

Furthermore, thanks to this technology, parents can rest assured, knowing that their child is safe at school or on their way home. Should parents discover some unusual behaviour, they can now address the problem directly. Also, it eliminates the chance of students covering for one another, by claiming that their friends are at their homes, when, in fact, they are not. Furthermore, swapping uniforms is impossible as well, since the chips are linked to the biometric data of each individual student. Should the school's CCTV network pick up a student whose face doesn't match their uniform, an alarm is triggered.

However, these are not the only benefits of this system. These chips eliminate the need for student cards at libraries or menses, as the data about which books the student has borrowed or which meal they have ordered for the day can be stored on the chips. The technology can be applied in a similar way at cultural institutions, such as museums, art galleries, theatres, cinemas or swimming pools, for example for calculating discounts. In the future, sewn-in microchips could also be used outside schools, for example at workplaces, to ensure that the workforce is on time and fulfilling their duties.

The government of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands supports this motion, announcing additional funds for schools that decide to introduce smart school uniforms. By tracking the location of students, the risk of horrible crimes, such as kidnappings and molestation can be fought efficiently. As always, one must keep in mind that if one has nothing to hide, one has nothing to fear. Lastly, how could a responsible citizen of the Sunset Sea Islands be against a technology increasing the safety of their children?

The chips used within most smart uniforms are supplied by Elegy Megacorporation.

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Government legalises sale of lab-grown meat

There are two main reasons for people to go vegetarian or even vegan in today's day and age. Either they are opponents of animals suffering, or they want to protest against the large ecological impact of large-scale cattle farms, or both. Cell culture meat promise to end both of those problems at once. Now, it can legally be sold.

By Rana Sumishī
07 January 2019

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Lab-grown meat is a cleaner alternative to CO2-intensive classical forms of farming

Over the course of the last few years, scientists around the world worked hard on creating edible and tasty test tube meat for various reasons, the most important one being the ecological impact of cow farms, as about ten percent of global CO2 emissions originate from a cow's bum. Naturally, scientists from the Sunset Sea Islands were at the forefront of these efforts.

However, as the technology to grow meat in-vitro evolves, national legislation often lags behind. Today, however, the government of the Radiant Republic of the Sunset Sea Islands passed new legislation that allows shops to distribute petri dish meat to the public.

The legalisation of lab-grown meat could have wide-spread effects on the population, as vegetarians now have the possibility to eat meat that was produced without animal suffering and carnivores can satisfy their hunger for animal products without straining the environment.

In the future, so the scientists say, it might even be possible to switch to cell culture meat entirely. "Last year, we've seen the advent of the first vertical farms. The same could be done with petri dish meat. By continuing to work on this project, we have a chance of not only saving the environment, but also of ending world hunger." a representative explains. "First, however, we still have a bit of work to do on the taste."

The finest cell-culture steak the Radiant Republic currently has to offer can be purchased at Yuyake 101's panoramic restaurant for 40 Sols.

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Restaurants and cafés hire paralysed people to control RC waiters

From one day to another your life might never be the same again. A catastrophic accident could leave you paralysed for life. Even if you survive, chances are, you'll never be able to leave your bed again. Naturally, this will also disrupt your social life. However, thanks to Elegy Robotics, there is a new chance for permanently bed-ridden individuals: remote-controlling robotic avatars.

By Rana Sumishī
07 April 2019

By remotely controlling robots paralysed people can finally earn money, see the outdoors and, most importantly, interact with others again

According to some estimates, one in every fifty human beings will suffer from paralysis at some point in their life. Some people are born paralysed whilst others might lose their ability to move because of an accident or a degenerative disease, such as ALS. However, a new perspective has been opened for them. Elegy Robotics ramped up production of the May, a 120cm tall robot that can be controlled even by people who can barely move their eyes.

The May opens up many new possibilities to paralysis patients and enables them to regain a fracture of the normality of the life they have lost. Dozens of restaurants and cafés across the major metropoles of the Radiant Republic have begun hiring paralysed people who take orders from the guests and serve the ordered meals and refreshments. This enables them to regain a sliver of independence as they, once more, are able to generate income for themselves.

Furthermore, working in the service industry gives individuals unable to leave their hospital beds the chance to socially interact with people again, something many permanently paralysed people miss. The psychological benefits of these developments cannot be overlooked. The first shops employing Mays have reported customers to be extraordinarily polite to them, furthermore, they seem to be especially popular with children.

Lastly, May operatives may also use the robotic avatars outside of working hours. Going for walks, alone or with one's family and friends, or exploring the world outside by themselves is finally possible for paralysed people again.

Elegy Robotics has announced a new version of the May to be under development already. Future versions might support multiple visual cameras for stereoscopic 3D-vision and VR-support. Furthermore, Elegy is planning to distribute the May API to other developers as well, so that paralysed people might also control other kinds of robots, for example, quadrupeds for walks in the woods or the mountains, or aquatic or aerial drones.

Future applications of Mays might also include other branches of the industry, for example, office work, postal services or waste management. Minimum wage laws also apply to May operatives.

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Tech-savvy seniors generate income by selling online game accounts

In the past, preinstalled chess and spider games were the only points of contact with the modern digital entertainment industry for many elderly citizens. The tables have turned as retirees begin grinding on online game accounts to sell them at a profit.

By Rana Sumishī
21 July 2019

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This 81-year-old citizen has rigged up thirty smartphones to his bike to level-up just as many accounts on a map-based game.

Mr. Ōku, a retired biologist, announces his arrival with the ring of his bike's bell. He's hard to miss on the streets of Sunset City - few things are as eye-catching as the contraption he has mounted to his vehicle. An array of thirty smartphones in five rows covers almost his entire field of vision, leaving just barely enough space for him to see where he's driving. Pictures taken by surprised passers-by have gone viral and he has agreed to meet with The Implant in the centre of the city.

I: Good evening, Mr. Ōku. Thank you for agreeing to meet with us. As I understand it, you have just recently celebrated your 81st birthday. We'd like to congratulate you on that.

O: Thank you very much!

I: During the past weeks, you have achieved substantial internet fame. Would you mind telling your fans how you're feeling?

O: I'm feeling better than ever! It's an incredible experience suddenly having millions of people out there who are concerned about my health and well-being. But with all this exercise I'm getting I'm more energetic than I've ever been!

I: That's great to hear. You've mentioned your new way of staying in shape. Can you tell us a little about that?

O: Gladly! You see, this game became wildly popular a few years ago. I had never even heard about it before my grandchildren introduced me to it. At first, I was sceptical, but it didn't take long for me to see the benefits: by motivating people to go outside, explore their surroundings and interact with other players in real life, they get a lot of exercise and social interaction! Isn't that great? My grandchildren convinced me to sign up and I started to play from time to time. I never would have imagined earning money one day by doing so!

I: During the last decade, we've seen several new ways of earning money online, for example, recording or streaming commentary of video games live. How do you generate income from this game?

O: There are plenty of working folks who would like to play this game more but don't have time because of their jobs. I stumbled on an internet forum where people offered to play on other people's accounts on their old phones simultaneously. The original account owners would pay their substitutes a little. I decided to get into that and soon I realised that I could improve my pension significantly!

I: Did you have 29 old phones lying around ready to be used for this purpose?

O: No, no. [laughs] Maybe out of sympathy for my old age, I got more requests than other users of that forum. With the additional income, I successively expanded my setup. Once it became a hassle to carry all these phones in my pocket, I decided to whip up this bike mount. I even added some solar panels to increase battery life!

I: Don't you think this wall of screens poses a risk for you when you're driving around?

O: At first I was a little nervous, however, it turns out if people see an old man driving around with thirty bright phones mounted to his bike, people tend to notice you more than usual. I'm feeling safer than ever!

I: Your unusual past-time activity has attracted lots of sympathy online. How does your family react?

O: Oh, it's great! My children and grandchildren love the idea and I spend more time with them, as I often go out to play the game with them. It has become a true family hobby! Nevertheless, it took a while for my wife to get used to it though. Now that I drive around during regular working hours, I promised her to spend the evenings with her. We also go on walks completely phone-free to spend time together.

I: Is there anything else you'd like to tell the readers of The Implant?

O: I'd like to thank my new sponsor, Elegy, who've hooked me up with all these brand-new ElePhones. They're even paying me as a beta tester for new models. Also, I'd like to clarify some rumours that have been circulating online. Contrary to what some people have been speculating, I do not do this to fight against dementia, as, thankfully, I've been spared from that horrible disease so far. Nevertheless, I appreciate the concern.

I: Thank you for the interview, Mr. Ōku.

O: Thank you! Now I have to hurry, I need to get back to my wife!

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