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Direct to brain video brings virtual reality to life
Dateline: 17 February 2027
Now that we are able to stream data, images and live action video directly into the neocortex, it's becoming difficult to tell what's really real, and what's just our current reality. The line between the two is becoming increasingly blurry, and we're not sure on which side of that line we are standing. It's like the Matrix, reloaded and recharged. But without the wires.
You can hook into someone else's consciousness, thoughts and experiences, or merge with an AI for a while. Now sharing your thoughts is as easy as, well, just thinking about it!
Which makes time travel almost possible; you can pause and rewind, and experience it all over again. Or perhaps you would like to erase the memory of a traumatic experience, something that's too painful on an emotional level. There's an app for that too.
The uptake in intelligence-to-intelligence (i2i) communication is changing the way we view reality and interact with the world around us. We can truly tap into the global brain, and access the cloud at the speed of thought.
Which begs the questions: Are we ready to evolve into multi-sentient beings? Can we handle conflicting versions of reality, at the same time? Will we be able to disconnect at will? Could we become addicted to 'alternative reality' and an unreal world?
These are scary questions, which raise more questions than answers. But it's likely that our descendants will embrace these technologies in the choices they make for their futures.
Published 9 February 2017
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Doug Vining   Merging with machines
Just last week we published a MindBullet that suggested future interfaces will let us communicate brain-to-brain or brain-to-computer, just by thinking about it. Which means you can 'merge' with an artificial intelligence to upgrade your cognitive capabilities. Now Elon Musk (one of our techno-heroes) has come out saying that we MUST merge with machines, in order to stay relevant in the future! Here's the CNBC post.
A FuturesForum post (titled: "Merging with machines") refers to this MindBullet. The full FuturesForum post can be read here:

Posted: 15 February 2017 at 12:55 Delete Reply to this comment
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Neil Jacobsohn   Merging with machines
It's called Transhumanism - using technology to 'upgrade' human beings, Here's an excellent synopsis of what it is all about, and which explores the for and against arguments.

Posted: 17 February 2017 at 12:15 Delete Reply to this comment
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