Erin (rose_in_shadow) wrote in little_details,

EMP affecting cybernetics?

Setting: 22nd century sci-fi, the Mass Effect universe

I have a human character who has extensive cybernetics throughout her body to replace bones and other systems that were damaged beyond repair. She was also implanted with a "control chip" in her brain. What I need to know is if an EMP burst would be likely to affect either the cybernetics or the control chip or both and how. Would she be knocked unconscious, or just simply without the use of her cybernetic parts?

This isn't a question I can google as the science is all, well, fiction and theoretical at best. A "control chip" isn't explained even in the universe, though it's implied that it's an electronic means to influence the behavior of the person with the chip. I've checked the posts on this board listed with EMPs, but most of it seemed to do with nuclear blasts. I'm thinking a more targeted EMP burst - no nuclear side effects.

I could probably just hand-wave the science, but I'd like to be as close to "real" as I can. Thanks!
Tags: ~science: biology (misc), ~technology (misc), ~technology: implants

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