[FONT=“Georgia”]There are people working on computers that can communicate directly with the human brain, for example in cybernetic, prosthetic limbs.
Meanwhile, cellphones are becoming mini-computers in their own right, and getting smaller and smaller and smaller.
Meanwhile, nano-technology is moving away from science fiction (and a scary episode of ‘Outer Limits’, I might add) and into medical reality.
Meanwhile, our newest IT seems to be moving more and more toward social networking and wanting to communicate 24/7.
For me, adding all of those up, I strongly think that one day some of us will have nano-sized, cybernetic, brain-implanted cellphones, which will be operated by thought, sending text-messages and other information wirelessly to someone else’s nano-sized, cybernetic, brain-implanted cellphone.
I think it’d be pretty awesome. The potential for people with disabilities or paralysis to be able to do things for themselves is awesome in itself. There must be a million other uses that I haven’t thought of.
I’m not worried about mind control (it’s going on already, nothing new here) but malware, though I guess they are related. An infected computer can do damage to its user but we’d be talking about a possibility of direct damage to one’s health. That’s my major concern, otherwise it’s too cool not to be used. We’ll get over the fear and other hurdles eventually.
Exactly, and the worst part is that unlike biological, someone can control the software virus for their purpose.
My further pondering is how will these devices shape the Internet? What will the concept of a website be? Most of us are in business of creating websites. Will it also mean developing using a device embedded into our brain? Does that mean literally working while you sleep, or meditate, or doing some other task that doesn’t require much brain power (like lying on the beach)?
Well, if we’re talking about a device controlled by brain but not one that controls brain (which I imagine is a much more complicated issue and is way further in the future), then there is no risk of being controlled. The only risk is if a virus damages the device which can cause physical damage, such as overheating. But even then such risks would be minimized without a doubt. I mean you don’t see today’s computers exploding due to a virus, or growing arms and legs and attacking people. So an embedded computer would not work beyond its function as well.
[FONT=“Georgia”]I remember we had a topic about this, I think Jake wrote it, not sure; About us wishing we didn’t have to sleep because there’s so much more that could be gotten done.
That’d be awesome if it’s an advantage only me or you in all the population had, but imagine if the whole world “evolved” that ability. That’d mean all deadlines would become even shorter, and the expectation to meet them even greater than I think most of us are sruggling with now!
Working while I sleep? That would be interesting. In my dreams I often find simple solutions for complicated problems (or rather problems just don’t exist) and when I wake up I wished I could still remember how I solved them