Nano Chipsby Bandall at 203.68/22:176 GCT (edited by Bandall at 203.68/68:797 GCT)
Nano Chips (the missing link between books and nanite injections)
Knowledge and/or motor skills (acquisition or improvement of skills without cost)
Originally required bulky and obsolete equipment, but can be used with Chip Reader modification
Almost limitless. Could give you an entire university course (both knowledge and muscle memory are possible). Could also give you skills that will improve your social standing or reputation (playing the piano, or memorization of early Earth poetry). Might provide "recipes" for building or repairing items based on lost technology. Might give you specialized knowledge that is basically useless ("Let me tell you about the first excavation of the Great Pyramid"), but hey,... now you're an expert!
Useless without Chip Reader mod. No way of knowing course material without running full course. May be corrupted or contain faulty or obsolete information, which could result in a negative modifier (rare), or having to retake an entire university course (very rare), or set of courses (extremely rare). Knowledge gained might be extremely advanced and unusable without previous skill or knowledge levels. Chips and nanites cannot be used at the same time.
Benefits can be gained only once. Can be scavenged in ruins. Universities have equipment that can read the chip's general contents, but they charge for this (expensive) and offer no guarantee of the chip's quality. University may offer to purchase chip (pays well). Universities can convert books to chips (destroys book), but this is very expensive. Some specialized vendors will do it for less, but corruption chance is much higher.
Chips were considered to be an improvement over book learning and the traditional classroom setting. What once took weeks, months, or years to learn was now acquired through the use of Chip Pods where the student would come in 2 or 3 times a week for 1 to 2 hour sessions using a successful variation of the otherwise discredited sleep learning process. Became obsolete pre-catastrophe when nanite technology became the rage ("Why learn while you sleep, when you can learn while you live!")
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