Organic Electronic Impulse Circuits

Electronic circuits, we use them everywhere, they’re almost an organism in themselves. In fact, we have given a name to when they are of the form of an organism: Robot, Cyborg, Artificial Intelligence, Computer. We use electronics to identify ourselves, authorise who we are, communicate with one another. In essence, an extension of ourselves and self assertiveness.

We use them for pass cards, to gain access to areas that we’re supposed to and deny where we’re not. To control our heart beats and also to augment our bodies in other ways to hopefully improve them or at least, prolong our short lives. Which, are actually getting longer.

Some believe that the future is for us to be integrated with electronics, our consciousness to transfer into or with them, to live immortal. To have circuitry embedded within our bodies so that we’re easily certified and identified as to whom we are.

I think, the next jump will be organic circuitry and its understanding. What do I mean?

Stem cells, they can create organs, given a template that is (from my limited understanding). Which can be of our own construction, as it were, so that it is not rejected. Currently if you implant a circuit into you, it will itch, it wants to be rejected by the body. Metals will break down and poison us.

Let’s create an organic circuit, one made from cells or similar. Make it one with us but customised, perhaps articulated with stem cells so that it’s not rejected by the body and so, all we have to figure out then is how to send and receive these signals from the circuits, how to power them? Heat perhaps? or maybe bodily constructions that do a form of energy recovery using blood-hydro-energy plants that’re as small as nano bots?

Imagine, we’re starting to be able to read pictures from peoples minds and also control devices using the electrical impulses from the brain. Here’s the inevitable “what if”, but, how about we have made these organic circuits that can receive and transmit data – they can then extended to doing it in a wireless manner.

I have seen technology for reading from the mind, for receiving some data back into the mind (such as the hearing aids) but what this could potentially suggest is the ability to have telepathy amongst those whom have a combined system put into place.

Is it really so far fetched, now?

Pretend that reading pictures from the mind is possible and extends to sound, feel, touch, smell, the senses can be presented and transmitted.

How can you even teach the mind to control what you could send and receive over an organic circuit plugged into such a thing?

How could we receive the data that we’ve just read from someone else? Would it be implanted as a memory or, more likely, would it be injected as part of the receptor that currently exists – such as the connectivity for the eyes, ears, tongue.

Would that mean that you would have to switch, between physical and ‘virtual’ senses?

How could you prevent someone from interfering with you, your transmissions, your reception?

What is more, the current incarnation of the internet and the virtual world, would this finally mean you could interact with it physically?

It depends. On what we can work out, what break through we can make, if, when they find out, that it’s revealed to anyone that can do something with it and, mainly I think, if we would go crazy being able to do these things. It may just be the final bridge between the organic and the metal electronic.

Maybe.

A World without Boundaries

Another Earth is a film which I watched recently, the fantastical idea that there’s another planet on the other side of the Sun where there’s an exact duplicate of the planet we live on and every person in it. Like the typical ‘parallel dimension’ theories that’re often thrown around in TV shows such as Sliders.

What if, though, there is already ‘Another Earth’, but it isn’t populated yet? In fact, it’s still developing and evolving. Here’s an ‘out there’ concept.

It’s (on) the internet.

I’m pretty sure this isn’t a new idea, but I’ll attempt to collect my thoughts on the topic. I feel that the internet was born out of a need to communicate, also to share information. This could be the key part of humanity, communicating, along with surviving of course. So what do I mean that ‘Another Earth’ is ‘the internet’ ?

In the virtual world ‘Second Life’ (and a lot of ‘massively¬†multi-player¬†games’) we can see where a world synthetically created mimics physical reality. Items are bought and sold, people own land and social relations are developed. A key part which I found interesting though is that you can transfer in-game funds to physical reality. So your ‘in game currency’ can be transferred into dollars, subsequently dollars, or any other international currency. People then, were creating characters, purchasing items and taking up jobs in Second Life.

Yes, jobs. Working, earning money in various ways, from socially questionable to being a shop clerk or just using their 3D modelled persona to demonstrate attire. Perhaps then, this is just the beginning.

This isn’t the only virtual reality which allows you to transfer between virtual and physical goods, CCP’s Eve-Online allows you to purchase ‘game time’ with in-game currency, potentially making it so that you never have to use ‘physical’ cash to lengthen your subscription. They’ve also enabled the ability to purchase computer graphics hardware, further extending this example.

So this idea is becoming no longer new, but where can it go from here? Accessing this ‘other Earth’ is quite specialist. You’d have to know about computer systems to acquire hardware to run it suitably, the language the software is presented in (which may well be mainly localised to English) and also have the communication network set up for it to access it.

So for it to advance I think that there’s two main obstacles to overcome. The first is the interface barrier, the second is the language barrier.

With the interface barrier it seems apparent with Second Life as an example that the virtual world mimicking physical reality is the first stepping stone, to access this naturally we have seen ‘VR’ or ‘Virtual Reality’ equipment come into play, which in its early years has been cumbersome, heavy and requires a lot of computing and energy power. However, now technologies such as ‘Google Glass’ and ‘Vuzix Eyewear’ are coming along to help overcome the tie to being sat at a computer monitor with a keyboard and mouse.

The language barrier, imagine you have two people who have a ‘virtual job’ (let’s call it) and they have to communicate with one another, but they speak different languages? Audio recognition is coming along in leaps and bounds which can translate what you say into text, at the very least trained to your voice. So, then, all that is required is for this to be translated from one language to another and played back or even just displayed. This interim technology then breaks down that wall of communication and with it being in the ‘internet virtual world’ then it is nigh on instantaneous.

Jump a few concepts ahead. You have a person, from England, you have another, from Japan. Each walking around with their new method of accessing this ‘other Earth’ active from the physical world. They have a virtual job managing a Russian communication forum, the systems translate into the localised native language for them naturally from their speech.

This could just be a start.