Many media have recently described the successful experiments of scientists of the University of California; they teach computers to identify correctly 80-90% of photos on the analysis of the brain activity of test persons. According to project leader Professor Jack Gallant, over time, this technology will allow to determine what a man sees, for example, in a dream.
It is logical to assume that over time, experiments will be begun to record dreams, impressions, fantasies, professional and sport experience, etc. Then the scientists will learn to “convert” and “play back” them – with the unique features of the neuro-physiological “language” of each specific “spectator”.
In other words, the experiments at Berkeley for another small step brought us closer to the creation of new technologies of knowledge transition and for new forms of art that were described in science fiction. I want to draw the attention of developers of brain interfaces on another opportunity.
The idea is to provide direct delivery to the human brain the information that can not be transferred with the usual five senses (hence “working” device name: abstractor).
A computer with specially prepared and / or transformed external information will serve as a sixth sense organ – and the operator will be trained to interpret the signals in a form accessible to a meaningful way.
Well, for example, I would like to “see” how, in the end, looks the five-six-seven-dimensional, etc. space (not a problem for computers to build a model of multidimensional space, the problem is to visualize it). Or, say, what is the world in which the past, present and future are simultaneous (and many believe that this is the way in which our world is arranged). Or to “experience” with the solar plexus the meaning of such concepts as “infinity” and “eternity” – combined and contrasted with “nothing” and “never.”
Of course, the technology will not only satisfy the curiosity of users and serve as a sort of “sense glossary.” Its main practical purpose will be to help researchers, developers “to move through themselves” the information that is difficult to understanding, seems to be cold and abstract. Translated into the language of understandable images, this same information can become a source of new discoveries and inventions.
Well, for example, a physicist who has translated into the language of his “I” available statistical and theoretical information on the “dark matter”, string theory, “wormholes”, etc., can create accurate and experimentally verifiable picture of the structure of the universe. And the engineer, internally “rethinking” the concept of “strength of materials”, “lift”, “streamlining” etc. can invent an incredibly efficient design of the aircraft.
Ask yourself what you can not comprehend in your professional life. Perhaps you will find the specific application of “abstractor”.
You probably noticed that the work of “abstractor” slightly resembles the action of the human inspiration. The only difference – the inspiration comes and goes from us often against our plans.
The work of inspiration is related to the mechanisms of subconscious. The question arises: whether it is dangerous for the user mind handling on the conscious level of information layers, with which usually works subconscious? This, of course, can not be excluded – so experiments must be accompanied by “safety.” But it may also turn out well: that “abstractor” is not only safe, but also can serve as a simulator, that allows you to quickly learn how to evoke inspiration at any time and without the help of technical “crutches”.
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