I’ve recently been mentioning my notion that neuroscience will be the area where we will have surprising and even shocking developments over the next decade. One hot and near term application area is the development of an electronic form of telepathy as a sort of wearable device.
Electronic telepathy is a silent “thought based” or subvocal form of communication and potentially also controlling devices and Internet access. How close are we?
In the news this week, Motorola patents “electronic tattoos” that enable real electronic “ESP”, and DARPA funding an open interface for a Brain Computer Interface print at home. Will 2014 be the year brain computer interfaces become mainstream?
These developments follow on last year’s control over 3D printing with thought.
Open BCI isn’t really a thought reading machine as it exists right now, and the software available for the device is limited. At least when compared with imagined capabilities of brain reading machines and technologies presented in science fiction. Open BCI is an easy to build low cost interface which allows open development and there are now several vendors of similar commercial devices. Learn more about Open BCI here:
Author and futurist Ramez Naam’s recent science fiction books Nexus and Crux include an imagined technology for brain to brain communication and its potential implications. But today’s technology is still quite a distance from the technology imagined in Ramez’s books.
Here are two videos you might enjoy.
First Ramez’s presentation at TEDx Ranier where he suggests that we are closer to being able to literally link our minds than we imagine.
Ramez also appeared recently on the London Futurists Hangout on Air with brain emulation expert Randal Koene. Randal is a bit skeptical about some of the near term possibility of some naive ideas about brain computer interfaces.