March 7th, 2010 - by Simon Laub - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
''Any sufficiently advanced technology, is indistinguishable from magic.''  .
Arthur C. Clarke.
Our world is quite different from the world of our grandparents. Common words today like ''megabytes'',
''hard drive'', ''back-ups'' and ‘''Googling'' probably would have been utterly meaningless to most people
only a few decades ago. Likewise , few of us can imagine what the world will be like,
when real history begins in the year 2100 (according to Clarke).
Clarke didn't claim to be able to see into the future (noone can do that ),
totally unexpected inventions or events can render predictions absurd after only a few years.
Clarke himself used the statement (made in the late 1940s by the then chairman of IBM),
that the world market for computers was five, to show that making predictions is a tough game.
Nevertheless, Clarke was quite good at the prediction game. And his list of predictions (, )
for beyond 2001 stands not only as an informed guess, it has also for decades
been an inspiration for coming scientists and engineers.
In the list, the braincap is predicted to be available from around 2025 (and in his novel ''3001''
noone can imagine humans without it ...)
And surely, the enhanced cognitive powers available with the braincap will be just like magic.
A transhumanist singularity now dream coming true (, , ).
E.g. with the ''braincap'' people could swap thoughts in the air: Instead of blowing a kiss to your
spouse at the airport, you could blow him or her an entire farewell letter, with photos and audio
clips. Etc. etc.
Braincap details.When neurological research comes to an understanding
of all the senses, and direct inputs become possible 
(bypassing eyes, ears, skin etc.) people will begin
thinking about linking the brain directly to computers.
According to Clarke, the result will be the metal "braincap". Anyone wearing this helmet,
fitting tightly over the skull, will be able to merge
in real-time with other minds over the (inter)net.
Brain caps, Clarke explained, will also eliminate menial tasks:
"I think it's imminent," he said,
"For some simple things like switching lights on, or the air conditioner, or starting your car."
There is more:
a) The Braincap will be a boon to doctors, who can
now experience their patients' symptoms (suitable
b) It revolutionises the legal profession, as deliberate
lying, with the right settings on the braincap, will then
c) In education, the braincap will do away with the
traditional school system: In Clarkes ''3001: the Final
Odyssey'' astronaut Frank Poole (sent into the deep
freeze of space by the homicidal HAL ) is
revived and given a crash course in human history by
a brain cap, which pumps information directly into his
cerebral cortex. I.e. a braincap is fitted onto
Pooles skull and the history and customs of humanity
is downloaded into his brain.
d) In psychology, braincaps serves as an
early-warning system for psychosis. Mental
deviancies are treated immediately.
As a result, no one in the fourth millennia starts wars,
acts violently or has bad marriages.
Sure, marriages have by then taken the eminently
reasonable form of fifteen- year renewable contracts.
Still, braincaps can pick up on unfortunate thought
patterns and automatically send people to couples therapy.
Arthur C Clarke (1917 - 2008) .
Future Minds index at:
Future Minds and NeuroSky.
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Keywords: Arthur C. Clarke, BrainCaps, Intelligence, Mind-Computer Interface, Singularity
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