Personality Overlay Unit
A Personality Overlay Unit is a psyche recording device able to transfer the cognition patterns and memories from one medium to another.
- The technology is not perfected and has severe limitations.
The Personality Overlay Unit allows recording the personality of a specific person into a Rom-construct or wafer. The recorded personality can then be replayed into another sophont. This allows the wearer to become, for example, an alien doctor, perform with the same skills and understand the problem from that perspective while still retaining their own personality, training and viewpoint.
In 1107 Professor C.R. Riket developed the Personality Overlay Unit. While this helped it was limited in that it could not transfer skills and abilities and also caused total personality alteration, blanking the original personality out.
In 1112 Dr. Emil Zinan working with Lancian neuroprocessors and magna-bubble storage systems developed a method of using personality overlays to create cerebral multitasking. By using personality overlays of top medical personnel from a variety of races stored in externally mounted data chips called Rom-constructs, the wearer was able to access the donor’s perceptions and knowledge while being influenced by the donor’s thoughts, emotions and even body movements. By interfacing the Rom-construct through the neuroprocessor additional personalities could exist within the wearer concurrently with the original personality.
While this has resulted in a great deal of original research and innovative work it does have a dangerous side-effect which has prevented its use in more general situations.
Each Rom-construct leaves a residual personality echo in the user which can lead to severe emotional disturbance and even permanent multiple personality disorders (...where an alien personality is possibly dominant).
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- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science