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.
In academia, advancements can sometimes be large leaps and very bold, depending on proof. Sometimes though, I think that the best improvements come in increments as they’re tested and spread out to everyone. Then someone gets an idea and it can be shook up again, become affordable and is taken up en mass.
I was looking at some old photographs, I forget where, of an office and it was full of rows upon rows of desks. Piles of paper stacked high and people sat at them with pen and ink, passing the paper around.
Move forward in time, the paper is reduced, typewriters take their place, calculators appear and the desk number is lessened.
Again another jump, fewer desks again and we have computer systems, still some paper (and a lot more post-it notes).
I wonder if anyone considers the next step on this? Perhaps the advancement of technology with video games entertainment can provide some insight, where the need to communicate with friends and team-mates regularly have produced interesting mixtures of text and voice based chat systems, with some video.
From what I have observed though, video chat takes a back-seat unless there is a real-world ‘meat space’ object that needs to be shown. If the item is something created in the ‘metaverse’ of the video game space then there is little to no requirement of actually seeing the person behind the virtual entity.
I had an idea. What if, instead of a monitor, keyboard and mouse, you used your body and voice, perhaps even your mind to make natural interactions with your surroundings which could then be anything from anywhere?
In fact, perhaps there could be entities which are not even really there. I thought that a combination of existing hardware could do this, there’s Microsoft Kinect, Vuzix Eyewear and the OCZ Neural Impuse Actuator.
As I’ve said before, with comments about the ‘meta verse’ and technology such as Google’s Project Glass. I think that some others are becoming aware of this kind of idea. Including Microsoft with their ‘Kinect Glasses’ leaked concept.
This is not so strange, people coming up with similar or the same ideas, at the same time. I think that it happened with the television and the telephone. Amusing that it could be happening with another method of communication, or at least, interaction.
Perhaps there’s a natural evolution to this?