Intelligence Augmentation (IA)
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Artificial means of increasing or assisting the natural intelligence of a biological organism; often using Direct neural interfacing with external intelligent agents and other devices, allowing improvements to memory, processing ability and processed sensory input. Electronic augmentation was favoured by the Augmentation Activists, a group of augmentors who converted many thousands of humans in the Interplanetary Age, often against their will. (see the story Cantaloupe Terrain).

Other methods of IA include biological modifications including gene therapy, and bioborg- or cyborgisation. As IA has increased in effectiveness over time it has increasingly converged with AI (Artificial Intelligence).
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 10 November 2001.