I often think the near future — say 2045 — might look something like this:
On the walk back from her high school, Max drops by the corner bodega to pick up a NeuroStim pill — a prescription neuro-plasticity stimulator. She’ll pop it at exactly 10 a.m. tomorrow as she sits down to take the AEI. Neurostim will accelerate her brain’s ability to create new synaptic pathways, helping her quickly learn new behaviors and spot new connections when exposed to rapidly changing stimuli. The AEI is a standardized test, implemented 10 years ago in place of the SAT. It has become a globally accepted metric for aptitude and projected performance in the modern workplace.