Since I wrote couple of articles on Brain Computer Interface and Visioning 2050 the world has seen the emergence of MindRDR, which allows users to take pictures and upload them on the web through HMDs such as Google Glass, all with just a thought. The future, is here.
MindRDR’s innovative app product is a mere beginning. It is still reliant on physical hardware that is visible. This is simply because the root enabler of Brain Computer Interface technology, Brainwave Computing, is still in it’s early stages of commercial development.
We have yet to see the technology advance to a level where a remote and tiny computing device with an ultra-powerful processor is able to read the brainwaves of it’s owner or user, to pick up instruction and carry out it’s functions; absolutely any computing function that the owner or user instructs it to perform, even from a distance.
Apart from just reading instructions as thought by the user, we will see gradually the commercialisation of technology where Personal Computing Devices (PCD) read and pick up memory, including that in vivid visual form, from the owner or user, whether for storage or for processing. For example, I go out onto the street, take a walk looking around and as I am doing so, an innocent looking device small enough to fit into my palm, is recording all that I see and hear, lying inside my pocket. I do not even need to touch it and nobody around me knows that I am recording whatever I am seeing or hearing. I am doing it with my thought, remotely relaying what my brain is processing, to my PCD. When I get back home, I can have the device replay the recording of what I saw and heard through a projection or on a screen display. As I watch the playback of what I was seeing and recording onto my PCD, with my thought, I can instruct the PCD to freeze frames or images, storing them as JPEG images. I can also alter and edit the video as I perceive fit with my mind.
With Brain Controlled hardware and software functions, I do not necessarily need technical computing skills such as editing or formatting. I think it, and it happens. In a world of Invisible Telekinetics, where PCDs identify owner or user thoughts, read all of them, in any form and process them at a thought, you have unprecedented challenges.
First and foremost, security agencies will have a difficult time dealing with surveillance, reconnaissance or espionage by criminal or malicious elements out there. Protecting against piracy at concerts, theatre shows and cinemas will be another challenge. Yet, too most people, even though at least the question of national security or societal order should matter to the utmost, these issues will seem distant. There are other issues though, arising from Invisible Telekinetic Functions, that few will dismiss from thought.
Recording memory, with Brainwaves of what the user sees being transmitted to an electronic device is one thing. What is than done with that recorded memory, thanks to other Brain Controlled computing or technological functions, is another thing altogether. There is a reason why most of us do not want strangers to take our pictures or films us. The reason is, that we do not know what they might do with the images of us that they capture.
Personal privacy is going to be a huge problem in a world where anybody you meet anywhere, is capable of secretly recording you with sheer mental whim to do so, relaying your image directly from their mind to an electronic device in a pocket, in a bag or even further away remotely. When there is no HMD, camera, lens or any hardware device of the sort that is visible, can you really be sure, that you are not being recorded? Trust and confidence will take on a whole new meaning. How will you ever know, that a conversation meant to be kept private, will be kept private and not used against your interests?
Of particular concern will be what one can do with images of you. Parallel developments in Thought-Instructed editing software will enable abusers to alter images of you, taken without your permission or knowledge, for ulterior motives. Images can be developed of you that may compromise your position or credibility that could be difficult to prove as falsified. The problem with Brainwave Computing is, that what you imagine, becomes your memory.
If an individual with an ulterior motive has an image of you in mind and consciously imagines you an alternate setting or situation, that is unreal, it still forms as a memory which could be relayed onto a digital device that is Brain Computer Interface enabled, and stored or formed as a photograph, or worse, more convincingly, a moving video. This is hard image considering where Brainwave computing is today, but just months ago, MindRDR was unimaginable to most persons as well. The fact is, the technological capability of which alarms are being raised herein, is on the horizon.
A nightmare scenario that could come true, is of disgruntled employees or colleagues in the workplace or random strangers in public places or even friends you trust, may abuse the technology at their disposal to form convincing images of you in compromising positions, mentally, and instructing software on PCDs with their thoughts, to create and store those images, which can be uploaded onto the web for distribution, all too easily. And the perfection of quality of such products of malicious minds will likely be so convincing, it may be even impossible to disprove their authenticity. The worst of possibilities is that of innocent and unsuspecting individuals have images of themselves falsified with just malicious imagination or smart morphing simply by thought, turning up in pornography, something could be excruciatingly damaging and traumatising. If someone can invisible photograph you, by simply relaying what they see when looking at you, remotely through Invisible Telekinetic means, this is a real possibility, or should one say, a frightening threat.
When one does not need to use hands to interact or interface with technology, the barriers to what one’s mind can do with access to technology begin to evaporate, where it is imagination that necessary instead of skill. The problem with imagination however, is that it is not always necessarily righteous.