Creating A New Sense

I was reading reviews of the new Apple watch just to try to figure out why someone would buy it. Its not like you can type up emails or talk into it like Dick Tracy, it seems like just sticking to your mobile phone would be much easier.

Then I started to think about what I would want in the next tech breakthrough and here is what I want:

I want to be have a calculator inside my head, so I can do impossible math problems with 100% accuracy, without someone seeing me opening up my phone to do the calculations. I want to have access to Google inside my head, so I can search answers to any question without anyone seeing me search for it on my phone. I want to appear much more intelligent than I am.

The problem is that right now, you have to grab a mobile device and essentially acknowledge that the little computer you are holding is much more knowledgeable than yourself. It is also a hassle to type, scroll, etc. Google Glass is trying to get us closer to having all of this stuff more integrated into your body, but the problem with Google Glass is that it still screams that you are dependent on technology. People acknowledge that they are dependent on technology, but they don’t want to make it blatantly obvious.

There was a great story on Invisibilia (a show on NPR, which is fantastic, free, and fun to stream on long car rides), that talks about a true story of a man who has essentially transformed himself into a Cyborg before mobile phones were invented, he was essentially super human with the information he possessed at all times. (show titled, Our Computers, Ourselves – February 13)

(Below this picture, my thoughts continue)

Another story in Invisibilia was about a man who was blind, but could make a “clicking” sound with his mouth and the sound waves would bounce off objects and bounce back to him and by the sounds/vibrations he could hear, it would essentially create a visual of what was around him. He could “see” the world without functioning eyes. Because, in reality, your eyes don’t project the images you see, your eyes collect information, pass it to your brain and your brain projects the visuals, you see with your brain. It was proven that the blind man who “clicked” could actually see.

So if you don’t need eyes to see, there may be different ways to communicate with the human body that do not require a smart phone, apple watch, or Google Glass. Perhaps you could create new senses where you rubbed your tongue on different teeth to type and little sensations into your toes would pass you information back. It sounds absurd, but if you were trained on it to the point it became like “clicking”, it could make an ordinary person incredibly intelligent. Once one person actually does it, becomes very successful, many more will follow.

Anyways, I thought I was somewhat brilliant for coming up with this theory, figured I should investigate it to see if someone else is already working on it, I googled, “Creating A New Sense” and it turns out, David Eagleman is way ahead of me:

This genius has already developed a way to give people a special vest that sends pulses to the body and those pulses are already helping deaf people hear and people to understand content on webpages without seeing them.

Fascinating stuff, kids in two generations will be enveloped in technology.

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