Science Vs. The Future
Society

Science Vs. The Future

The systematic, scientific study of the future is impossible. Wait, what?  Really?  Well, speaking as someone who has deeply internalized the values of science, and who also loves to study the future, the thought certainly leaves me uncomfortable.  And yet I’m pretty sure that’s an ironclad statement.  I’m not quite about to throw in the … Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons to Plug Your Brain Into a Computer
Society / Technology

Top 5 Reasons to Plug Your Brain Into a Computer

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke In last week’s post, we looked at the emerging technologies that allow a direct interface between your brain and a computer (or machine) – a BCI.  Check out last week’s links if you’re interested in the “how.”  Intracranial wiretaps, hands-free driving and monkey-robot … Continue reading

Connect Your Brain to a Computer. Seriously!
Society / Technology

Connect Your Brain to a Computer. Seriously!

The setting: your home.  The time: 7:30pm, in the not-too-distant future. Your room is dim and cool, and the hum of a city evening drifts through the open windows.  Your computer screen’s high-frequency flicker casts shadows all around.  The metal object in your hand resembles an old-school headphone jack.  It’s small and surprisingly heavy.  You … Continue reading