[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B0071FK66K” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31JL2rd9CjL._SL160_.jpg” width=”128″] Imagine a world where all the headlines of the latest happenings or news that you are concerned with from your preferred sources list themselves on a screen or in a holographic projection near your bed each morning you wake up. Or perhaps they would be near your breakfast table while you have your cereal, when all you would have to do is wonder what had been happening in the world for the past few hours. You could just think of someone, and be instantly connected to that person in a virtual or web conversation. You could have multiple conversations with multiple persons spread across the world, without uttering a single word through your lips, simultaneously.
Imagine that in this world, when you want something, it is automatically printed in your imagined shape, color and size through a 3D printer wherever you are. You have an idea or a plan, and the perfect visual or presentation is created right in front of your eyes without you doing anything but imagining and thinking. In this world, you never have to touch a pen, touchscreen, key, remote or button. Even to make a payment, you do not have to take cash or a card out of your wallet or pocket. You simply think, and the transaction is completed.
You do not have a great voice, but because you have a good taste for songs and music, you are an international singing sensation, singing in your mind with the voice you prefer, in the melody and tune your mind can conjure, with the world able to hear it. You create animated cartoons as you imagine something or get inspired with what you see, on the go, without any kind of training or qualification in the media, simply by thinking and imagining the shape, the color and the feature of the characters and background. To top it off, you can share that with the world.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0143124048″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414%2BTeUzd8L._SL160_.jpg” width=”105″] To go places, you get into a driver-less car and it simply drives itself to your intended destination by reading your thought. Your groceries are delivered to your doorstep or that dinner you felt like having, without having to make a phone call, but simply by thinking it, and approving payment for it all in your mind.
In the present day scenario this all probably sounds like you’d need Godly powers to do. Many may immediately dismiss everything mentioned up to this point as pure imagination or fantasy or fiction. However, what if I told you that while none of this is presently possible, it is all likely going to be within reach in the natural lifespan of contemporary generations? A reality that perhaps you and I could hope to live to see?
The University of Minnesota has already announced in 2013 it’s successful testing of its brainwave controlled flying robot. It has been in the news throughout the world. However, the flying robot was never really the most exciting or important part of the story. The most important thing was the brainwave computing, that allowed a user to control, fly and maneuver that robot.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B007RYPTEY” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519wmxL9SUL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″] Believe it or not, while the world has been caught up with the prospects and potentials of disruptive technologies in the forms of 3D printing and Wearable Computers, there have been hosts of serious researchers both in the private and academic sectors that have been hard at work. They are developing and progressing brainwave technology or brainwave computing with very real and serious results.
Take InteraXon for example, a Canadian Thought Controlled Computing company that has devised Muse, a brain sensing headband that allows users to translate thoughts into instructions to interact with content on their iOS or Android devices. Another example is the EEG Headsets that Gray Scott has written about right here on Serious Wonder. Now, while skeptics may dismiss smaller companies like InteraXon as fringe players and their products as fads, take Samsung’s ongoing experimentation in conjunction with UT Dallas on controlling their tablets with the brain. All of that technology is in the present day. Now think of the future.
There is a future ahead when we will see the convergence of all the technologies that are in development today. Someday, they will all be ready for mass commercialization; automation of household appliances, everything electric powered being connected by the internet, driver-less cars, 3D holographic projectors, voiceless communication, robot butlers, brainwave sensors and thought interpreting software.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004GHNFKK” locale=”us” height=”131″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ICKpzHPGL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″] Take the Personal Computing Device (PCD) of the future, that will be compact, wearable, indestructible and enduring enough to last beyond lifetimes. It will control the entire internet of things around the user, with brainwave computing technology embedded into it. A user can simply think, and the PCD will detect those thoughts, translate them, and instruct the internet of things around to make everything happen with virtually no effort. Robot butlers serving the whims and fancy of the user, with projectors displaying programming of choice for the user’s entertainment or learning while the kitchen appliances are preparing dinner, even down to the amount of spice that the user prefers.
When thought is directly translated into data or instruction immediately with ultra-fast processors and internet, time will seem abundant. One could be playing an active sport in a virtual neuro-gaming environment while concurrently attending a virtual meeting. This is multitasking redefined, because it will all simply be about thought. It will take far lesser skill, technique, effort and attention to work on or produce anything, whether presentations, designs, qualitative research, animations, music, games and models. Just imagine the economic opportunities that it could create, and the dreams that it would enable. The best news is; all of these advancements are on the horizon, and we may just live to experience them all.
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