– Arthur C Clarke
What will the future hold for humanity? Bald heads. At least, that’s what Arthur C Clarke thought, and it’s a vision of tomorrow that I’m not against. He envisioned a device (at first called the Brainman in his novel ‘The Hammer of God’ and then the Braincap in ‘3001: The Final Odyssey’) that would be fitted directly to the brain itself – necessitating the need to be bald of course – and allow a direct technological interface. With it, you could experience virtual reality as vividly as experiencing real dreams, recall any and all information within a split second… anything. I posited myself in an article at my site that such a device could be the future of not only social-networking, but the internet itself. The way it would change social networking would be in removing the necessity to interact with different user accounts. Instead you would interact with that person directly, or to be more precise, you would interact with their mind.
When you want to post a song at Facebook, what do you do? Most of us post a link to a youtube video of that song.
The same with Twitter.
With a device like the Brainman, you would think ‘Viva Las Vegas’ and everyone would see it and share in your choice.
Obviously, the ramifications of being able to think of anything and share it with anyone would extend beyond merely sharing song choices, and would have moral implications far more reaching than you might at first consider. What if you thought of the really nice sex you had the night before and you inadvertently shared it with everyone? With video and sound, and even commentary!
I guess what I’m getting at is that the future of technology, or rather our interactions with that technology rests in it being an integral part of ourselves. We need to be connected with the devices of tomorrow in ways that are perhaps biologically interactive as well as electronically. I agree with Clarke’s summation that man and machine will become more inexplicably linked.
Perhaps we will end up like the borg after-all. Hang on, perhaps the borg are us!
Today’s Guest Blogger: Tony Healey