Interface: Opening the Mind to an Open Brain
    By David Sloan | March 15th 2010 07:30 PM | 4 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments

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    Gerhard Adam
    I thought the article was good, although I don't have the same enthusiasm for the topic.
    Finding a way to directly access human thoughts may be the most incredible and radical scientific breakthrough of anyone’s generation.
    I'm just cynical enough to say that we already have such a device.  It's called a mouth which is precisely why we tend to tell people to keep quiet.  I don't want any more access to their thoughts than I already experience.
    Mundus vult decipi
    Renaisauce
    I'm pleased that you enjoyed the article.

    I agree that our bodies are wonderfully adept at giving expression to our thoughts, naturally.

    I also agree that it is usually a good thing to keep most of what goes on in the mind private, and a technology that would open the brain would ideally be kept as a very personal thing.  The laws that would need to be put in effect to keep thoughts confidential would be far weightier then those guarding our individual genetic information (all assuming, of course, that this technology does not remain theoretical). 

    However, I am an optimist, and I still see a lot of potential in opening and utilizing the brain in greater ways, and my enthusiasm remains high.

    On a side note, I am somewhat surprised to find an individual with an aversion to hearing the thoughts of others commenting on a blog site.  Something seems contradictory.
    Gerhard Adam
    On a side note, I am somewhat surprised to find an individual with an
    aversion to hearing the thoughts of others commenting on a blog site. 
    Something seems contradictory.
    Not at all.  This is a much smaller group of people that exchange and express ideas, versus hearing what's on the minds of everyone walking through a mall.
    The laws that would need to be put in effect to keep thoughts
    confidential would be far weightier then those guarding our individual
    genetic information...
    I can't even imagine the horror of dealing with that issue.  Personally I would be violently opposed to such technologies.  It's bad enough with people insinuating what you might be thinking, let alone actually being able to hear it. 

    Personally I believe that if our thoughts become available to others, that would be the destruction of the human species.  We spend far too much of our time lying to be capable of coping with unfettered truth.
    Mundus vult decipi
    Aitch
    It’s hard to know what to call a device that would link a person’s thoughts, conceptualizations, and memories with a computer.  An Imagination Interface, perhaps
    "Big Brother's dream come true" perhaps?

    I see it coming, but find the lack of ethical constraint on unsavoury uses quite scary

    Imagine the licensing problems the DRM people would have, though ;-)

    Aitch

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