The Future of Thought Swapping
In the future we will be able to have small chips in our brains and which will work like cell phones, but without the inherent flaws. You will not have to carry them around or worry about dropping them into the toilet.
Arthur C. Clarke in one of his short stories discussed this possibility and we are nearly here. As we get better at mapping the brain and understanding the nature of thoughts and the visual parts of the brain, thought swapping will be considered an obvious step. Will computers become smarter than humans? Well, computers and humans will be one in this case, so we will be equal. Instead of the preverbal file swapping or file sharing, you will be thought swapping. The future is closer than you think, have you considered this? It will be incredible in that you can swap the thoughts, emotions or experience of some one doing an extreme sport, such as jumping off a bridge with a parachute. People will sell these experiences and the VR world will literally be in your head.
For a species which studies other species which use ELF to communicate, use radar and sound to navigate, use all sorts of interesting methods to identify and protect themselves finally we will go beyond the communication skills which are made through the larynx. Even beyond the pseudo science of paranormal attributes, which are innate within us but have not been used or developed for centuries. What an incredible leap of mankind. Is mankind ready for these new opportunities and horizons. Will we use this for the positive? The negative. It may well depend on our ability to allow the flow of thought, while simultaneously allowing a private place in our minds which will not be shared, that which makes us ourselves. In other words we will once again get back to the tribe, society, which currently we are drifting from. We are social animals no doubt and we derive happiness from that sense of belonging. It is an innate tendency. Sharing thoughts and ideas allows for this. It delivers to the human race a completeness, a oneness, while maintaining the individual.