Friday, September 5, 2014

We're Doomed...

Doomed, I tell you.

No, not really, but can you imagine the internet if everyone's using telepathy? People have few enough filters as it is...

On a serious note, machine-mediated telepathy has been in the works for a while, but a major breakthrough was made by an international team of researchers. They were able to send information from one person's brain to another's, over the internet, without any elective surgery.

Right now, the system uses glue on electrodes, and you also have to have a bit of training to use it as it only transmits binary, which your brain then has to translate for you. It's an upgrade of existing BCIs and quite a way from being able to pick up on all of your thoughts and vomit them all over, say, tumblr. (Thankfully). But it might allow, for example, direct communication between a stroke victim and their caregiver. It might let locked-in patients out of their prison. Or a better communication system for Stephen Hawking - what about it?

And yeah, this is a step towards a future in which you might be holding your phone conversations with your best friend through machine-mediated telepathy.