Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Dagger of the Mind
This article about converting brainwaves (thoughts) into actual words (speech) is worth taking a look at. Not just because of how scary it is as far as how its application could be so horribly abused in the wrong hands if the technology were ever perfected, but about how amazingly huge the leaps might be in the medical community with patients who, for whatever reason, have lost the ability to communicate via speech.
It also leads one to hope that if this is possible, it could open doors to other possible technological breakthroughs in understanding the brain. And you know me and the brain. We keep trying to understand one another.
The implications of this kind of technology are staggering to me. Not just as a parent of a child who I cannot communicate very well with at this time. Not just as a parent of a child who I wonder if I will EVER truly have a communicative rapport with. But as a member of the human community, it scares me as much as it titillates. Hee hee...titillates.
But a lot of the technology we explore does this. The LHC scares me. Nuclear bombs scare me. All the wireless shit flying through the air scares me. All the chemicals in the world scare me. Some of it I am sure makes our lives better while some of it I am sure is killing us or warping us in ways we won't recognize for years.
Yeah...one of these days when Cthulu is chewing on your kneecap you'll know what I'm talking about.
Anyway, read the article, and please...comment. I'm curious...do you think think we as a species are capable of being responsible enough to handle these leaps in technology we are making seemingly overnight?