Is, or will technology be used more and more to control us humans ? Here are a few articles sourced from the web that suggest it is possible, so where does it go from here ?
Habits change our brains, so it’s likely that modern technology, in particular the Internet, are changing not only how our brains are wired but also how we treat each other.
The average American spends five hours a day on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Imagine what this statistic is going to be like in a future of predictive technologies, voice to machine interfaces and implanted communication devices.
We’re heading towards a future of #sensory overload. No doubt we’ll get better at quickly filtering and processing information, but will we lose focused and reflective thinking? What about human connection and empathy? A US study by Sara Konrath found a 40 per cent drop in empathy over the past 20 or 30 years.
I fear that while we will understand things intellectually, we’ll struggle to comprehend the same things emotionally.
We can’t halt technological progress and nor would we want to, so how can this be conquered in the future?
Humans could be much more efficient communicators if they could bypass language altogether and directly transmit thoughts, ideas and instructions from one brain to another. Scientists have demonstrated that instant brain-to-brain communication could become a reality with the help of computers.
In recent experiments, researchers from the University of Washington showed that they could send one person’s thoughts through a computer to control the hand motion of a person sitting half a mile (0.8 kilometers) away.
The team first demonstrated this brain-to-brain connection was possibleback in August 2013. But now the researchers have put the technology through more rigorous testing and are close to making it usable in real-world scenarios, they said. [Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind]
To make the mind-meld possible, one person is hooked up to an electroencephalography cap, which is covered in sensors that pick up brain signals and send them to a computer. The computer decodes the signals and sends them as electric pulses to the second person, who is wearing a cloth swim cap with a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil on top. The coil is placed near the area of the brain that controls hand motion. The first person thinks about moving his or her hand, and that brain signal is transferred to the second person, triggering a twitchy hand movement.