Initially built from “basic technology” provided to humans by the Cysti the device intercepts speech and translates aural signals to the language (Wernicke) center of the brain in real time. The device is usually attached behind the ear and interfaces with the brain using nano-filaments and contact electrodes.
Early versions of the technology were limited and suffered from delay issues. Newer versions were made more efficient by offloading language libraries and now accesses translation data over a SLDB connection. This also allows the device to be integrated into comms headsets. The Wernicke Device is now standard issue to all human military and exploration outfits.
On March 16th 2042, the World Sciences Organization (WSO) was formed.
It was the policy of the UGC that all technological advancements be made public with full disclosure to prevent another Shinigami type incident. However the Earth Defense Initiative lobbied for certain technologies to be classified in the interest of global security. It was agreed that certain technologies would be granted a level of secrecy. However, in the interest of fair technological advancement and accountability, the WSO would be in charge of disseminating variations of beneficial technologies to public and private firms, maintaining the confidentiality of the technology without stifling advancement.
The WSO would also act as a watchdog resource director for all scientific research world-wide. In 2050 the WSO established Science Work Camps to house people convicted of criminal or ethical violations related to scientific research. These camps utilized the skills of inmates to further advances in sciences under strict direction.