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FutureBANG!

The emerging technologies of the future will comprise the manipulation of four major categories: Bits, Atoms, Neurons, and Genes. In other words, FutureBANG!
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Nov 4, 2015

Ian and Jesse discuss using a brain to directly control a computer. It's happening now, and the future of brain-computer interfaces has a lot of promise, but there may be a dark side. How could we benefit from things like telepathic communication, literally combining brains to work on a problem, or even feeling the emotions of others far away?

 

Links to topics discussed:

Brain Waves - Be careful! There's lots of new-age pseudoscience nonsense about brain waves on the Internet.

Dr. Bin He's lab

Brain controlled drones video

Book discussing "brainish," the brain's internal language

One monkey's brain controlling another's body

Paralyzed man walks using brain-computer interface and avatar

Rat and monkey neural networks

Split brains

Project Cyborg

 

Theme music, used with permission, by Jonathan Coulton.

3 Comments
  • six and a half years ago
    Jesse
    Those sound pretty cool, I'll definitely have to check them out. I'd heard of Ghost in the Shell before, but the others are all new to me.
  • six and a half years ago
    claw
    actually, the anime/manga Ghost in the Shell: the Stand Alone Complex has people who have 'external hard-drives.' from what i gathered, not only could they store lots of info outside of themselves, they could also set it to kinda... understand the information they were subconsciously googling. either that or their brains were now infinitely faster than ours for learning and comprehension.
  • six and a half years ago
    claw
    there is an older sci-fi horror movie called Hysteria where a madman psychiatrist somehow developed an implant that made the patients at his asylum gain a hive mind. while they still maintained their individuality they were able to draw on eachother's knowledge and senses, but also would occasionally eachother's illnesses unless they all 'supported' eachother. it's... different.
    as for 'virtual crack' i think Shatner wrote a whole series about that called Tek War.
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