New Entry from the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction: "neurolink"

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New entry: neurolink.

The science-fictional neurolink is an example of what is formally known as a brain-computer interface. Unlike a mindlink (1954), which is always a telepathic connection, a neurolink is always described as a technologically based interface. Unlike other types of cyborg constructs, a neurolink joins the brain to a full computer system, not merely, say, to a prosthetic limb. 

The word apparently first appears in a 1990 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (Omni used the form in 1988, only as the title of an article about identifying memories in the brain). But the idea of a physical interface between one's brain and a computer has a longer history in SF, perhaps most famously in Neuromancer's 1984 description of jacking in to a network (although that term itself was used by Robert Silverberg as early as 1970).

Many forms of BCI are possible using real-word technology; Elon Musk's similarly named company Neuralink was established in 2016 to develop implantable BCIs. But a working Ethernet jack in one's skull still looks to be a long way away.