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Centennial Recap: The Unexpected Success of Transparent Craniums - A Not-so Absurd Reality

NEW YORK 2122 - Everyone remembers the uproar that shook the traditional medical community around a century ago when pioneering neurosurgeons began implanting clear acrylic prosthetics in patients' skulls. Initially viewed as a crude way to 'peer into patients’ heads with ultrasound,' it has since morphed into a sophisticated and widely accepted medical practice. Today, we celebrate the birth of ClearViews, all whilst remembering where it all began. The dannish virtuoso, Dr. Elsie Lund, who had been toiling with one AI unit and a handful of nanobots in a makeshift laboratory in Copenhagen, could never have predicted that she was creating a pivotal medical revolution. Her so-called 'see-through skull' idea, driven by the necessity to study brain abnormalities, was initially met with disbelief, derision, and sometimes horror. Fast forward to 2122, ClearView cranial prosthetics are now our everyday reality. Increasing the resolution of our thinking, making our thoughts more transparent, and aligning our collective consciousness for greater synergy is now an everyday experience. One of the most well-known endorsers of ClearViews is thought leader and famous telepathic author, J-27. Born John Matheson, he chose his new identity in harmony with his ClearView designation and made history by writing the first-ever novel entirely telepathically transmitted via Direct Neuron Communication (DNC). 'Having a ClearView has allowed me to reach the levels of cognitive process that weren't known to humanity before. It revolutionized the way we think, learn, and communicate,' said J-27 during his recent interview on the InterMind Network. 'However, it's crucial we remember that it's a tool, not a cure.'Meanwhile, critics argue that these procedures are invading the sanctity of private thought and commodifying our very consciousness for the sake of 'progress'. The key spokesperson for the 'Thought Privacy Initiative', Anika Petrov, warns that the risks associated with thought transparency are yet to be fully understood. 'ClearView started as a medical necessity, yet it evolved into a must-have trend,' said Petrov. 'Now, we see people opting to install ClearView just to keep up with society. We need to understand the implications of exposing our personal thoughts and ponder if we really want to live in a world with no cognitive secrecy. 'The debate around the universal use of ClearViews will continue. For now, we can't deny the leaps and bounds in neurosurgery and cognition that have been made possible thanks to the 'clear-acrylic-implanted' pioneers of the past century.
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