homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam

Forum Home Post A Reply

my profile | directory login | | search | faq | forum home


» The Geek Culture Forums » Other Geeky Stuff » Ask a Geek! » In-brain broadband: would you? » Post A Reply


Post A Reply
Login Name:
Password (max 13 characters):
Message Icon: Icon 1     Icon 2     Icon 3     Icon 4     Icon 5     Icon 6     Icon 7    
Icon 8     Icon 9     Icon 10     Icon 11     Icon 12     Icon 13     Icon 14    
Message:

HTML is not enabled.
UBB Code™ is enabled.

 

Instant Graemlins Instant UBB Code™
Smile   Frown   Embarrassed   Big Grin   Wink   Razz  
Cool   Roll Eyes   Mad   Eek!   Confused   Happytears  
blush   Beard of Peter Gabriel!   crazy   tired   ohwell   evil  
shake head   cry baby   hearts   weep   devil wand   thumbsup  
thumbsdown   Geek   Applause   Angel   Envy    
Insert URL Hyperlink - UBB Code™   Insert Email Address - UBB Code™
Bold - UBB Code™   Italics - UBB Code™
Quote - UBB Code™   Code Tag - UBB Code™
List Start - UBB Code™   List Item - UBB Code™
List End - UBB Code™   Image - UBB Code™

What is UBB Code™?
Options


Disable Graemlins in this post.


 


T O P I C     R E V I E W
fs
Member # 1181
 - posted May 01, 2009 04:41
Over at Futurismic, Paul Raven asks "Would you sign up for direct-to-brain broadband?"

Just for piping wikipedia straight into my brain? I think not. On the other hand, if I could get a photographic memory implant with awesome indexing and search functionality, I would totally be on board with that.

I guess the thing is, I already consume more information on a daily basis than I can use. (It's really hitting home as a cruise through my RSS every morning--there's just too much for me to process.) What I really want isn't a way to pipe in more of it, it's a way to cut out the 95% of it that is useless to me, and to more efficiently access the remainder when it's relevant.
 
TheMoMan
Member # 1659
 - posted May 01, 2009 05:25
__________________ fs __

I have a fear that as we learn too much it sticks around as fat, so I am not obese, I just have too many factoids to keep track of.
 
drunkennewfiemidget
Member # 2814
 - posted May 01, 2009 07:53
Short answer: you bet your ass.
 
GrumpySteen
Member # 170
 - posted May 01, 2009 10:30
One the one hand, I wouldn't mind being able to do Google searches for information, prices, reviews and the like without having to go to a computer. Google maps and satellite views available at all times would be great. Streaming music that only I can 'hear' would be good too.

On the other hand, there are things like twitter and facebook. I don't really need to know every time my friends go to the bathroom (but so far there are apparently seven people want to know when I do), nor do I want to spend all day denying requests to join about someone's ultra-mega-ninja-lolcat-rule42-army. Punch the monkey ads screaming in your mind and animated gifs that sit in your peripheral vision that jiggle and flash annoyingly, pop ups that cover your field of vision when you're doing 70MPH down the freeway in crowded traffic... if you create an interface, it -will- be exploited in every way possible.

And on the third hand... Goatse.

Oh hell no.

If someone worked out a functional, wearable computer that projected a display into your eye(s) without requiring dorky, borg-looking head gear, I would probably buy it as soon as I could. Allowing anyone else direct access to my nervous system, however, is unlikely to ever appeal to me.
 
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted May 01, 2009 14:28
Do I really want to be constantly reminded that my penis needs to be bigger?
 
Xanthine
Member # 736
 - posted May 01, 2009 15:09
Fsck no. Think about what that means. You'd have to have a device that directly converts bits to neural impulses. Do you really think that this power will only be used for good? That the information flow won't be a two-way street? That no one's going to write a dataminer for your brain? That anything on a network, your brain included, can ever be 100% secure? Like most of us, I have secrets and thoughts I don't share. I do not write them, I do not speak them. But I think them.

I'm keeping my skull locked.
 
spungo
Member # 1089
 - posted May 01, 2009 16:58
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
...I have secrets and thoughts I don't share. I do not write them, I do not speak them. But I think them.

Ditto. (Which is just as well, considering the primitive legal restrictions regarding activities between consenting mammals in this country.) But seriously -- if you could do the opposite -- watch someone's braincast, a sort of YouInnerTube.com, if you will -- wouldn't that be a show you'd pay good corn to see, especially if it was the mind of a girlie? (Err... if yer a bloke, of course... )
 
MacManKrisK
Member # 955
 - posted May 01, 2009 22:02
Although I think that being able to access google maps on the fly would be very helpful, I also think it would ruin the fun of finding your own way when you're lost. I have purposefully *not* gotten a GPS specifically for this reason.

I am in 100% agreement with Xanthine too. Not only would I not want the data mining *in* my brain, I would absolutely hate having advertising in my brain. I don't have a TV for this specific reason. If I had one, I'd be tempted to watch it, and when I watch it I see advertisements, and when I see advertisements I am exposed to the subtle message that my life is empty because I don't have <insert product name here>. Eventually all those subtle messages add up, robbing TV watchers of self-esteem.

TV advertising is very intense, and TV overstimulates the senses in a way that dulls them. I *can't* even imagine how much worse it'd be if the advertising were neurally targeted!!!!
 
Xanthine
Member # 736
 - posted May 01, 2009 23:12
spungo, I really don't want to know what's going on in people's heads. I imagine what's in there would be mind-numbingly boring and/or horrifying.

My cat's head, OTOH...
 
fs
Member # 1181
 - posted May 02, 2009 00:57
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
But seriously -- if you could do the opposite -- watch someone's braincast, a sort of YouInnerTube.com, if you will -- wouldn't that be a show you'd pay good corn to see, especially if it was the mind of a girlie? (Err... if yer a bloke, of course... )

No. But other people would.
 
Metasquares
Member # 4441
 - posted May 02, 2009 08:04
It's far easier to read from the brain than to write to it, so we probably don't need to worry about the implant altering things for a few years yet.

Computing is also becoming so ubiquitous otherwise that there may not be any need for it.
 
The Famous Druid
Member # 1769
 - posted May 02, 2009 15:29
quote:
Originally posted by Metasquares:
It's far easier to read from the brain than to write to it, so we probably don't need to worry about the implant altering things for a few years yet.

That's what the operators of the Orbital Mind Control Lasers programmed you to believe.
 
quantumfluff
Member # 450
 - posted May 02, 2009 20:23
Sign me up. I'm not much for physical body mods, but things that augment my mental abilities I would not be able to resist. I'ld be a drinking buddy with Dr. Faustus and would downing the spice juice with the Mentats any day.
 
spungo
Member # 1089
 - posted May 05, 2009 09:18
I could hire myself out for remote control. $50 a day lets you dictate my movements over the internet, from getting out of bed in the morning to deciding how I go about my daily life. I'll have to teach you how to drive my car first, but that shouldn't take longer than five minutes. You wouldn't have difficulty doing my job (I think just about anyone can stand around drinking coffee and sit at my desk reading Slashdot while pretending to work). The remote client will have to also fork out for the services of discrete ladies of an evening, and probably the odd beer -- but that's details.
 
MacManKrisK
Member # 955
 - posted May 05, 2009 09:22
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
I could hire myself out for remote control. $50 a day lets you dictate my movements over the internet, from getting out of bed in the morning to deciding how I go about my daily life. I'll have to teach you how to drive my car first, but that shouldn't take longer than five minutes. You wouldn't have difficulty doing my job (I think just about anyone can stand around drinking coffee and sit at my desk reading Slashdot while pretending to work). The remote client will have to also fork out for the services of discrete ladies of an evening, and probably the odd beer -- but that's details.

No offense, spungo, but I'd rather be Ron Jeremy.
 




Contact Us | Geek Culture Home Page

© 2015 Geek Culture

Powered by Infopop Corporation
UBB.classicTM 6.4.0



homeGeek CultureWebstoreeCards!Forums!Joy of Tech!AY2K!webcam