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      CommentAuthorgroundxero
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2010
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    A few years ago I caught the premiere episode of a new series, '22nd Century', on PBS. The episode was called 'World Wide Mind'.

    Shortly after I believe the series was canned because I don't recall seeing any other episodes and the link on the website is broken. However, the premiere was pretty interesting and I managed to find some of it on YouTube.

    Here's the synopsis:

    The premiere episode of 22nd CENTURY, "World Wide Mind," explores an intriguing theory that posits that in the future, miniature computer brain implants will allow our brains to be connected to other brains much the same way today's computers are linked together via the World Wide Web. Science fantasy or futuristic nightmare? This show lets viewers decide for themselves.

    If you have the time check it out.




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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
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    My vote is "Futuristic Nightmare". Not wanting to share brain-meat with Furry Fandom at large, no no.
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    I imagine that, if this ever happened, the result would be 4chan piped directly into your brain. To such an extent that you'll be ripping your eyes out in a vain attempt at unseeing some of the atrocities you're endlessly barraged with.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
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    And the Furries would be positively welcome next to batshit-crazy women living in trailer homes full of realistic baby dolls.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010
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    @mister hex

    Having worked security at a two of their cons, they aren't that bad.

    Now...otherkin? Yeah, those people are nutters...
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010 edited
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    There's a few different things getting lumped together in this documentary...I don't like how they are presenting some of these things. We will soon be able to enhance our brains via technological means yes, but connecting to other brains so that you can experience other people's thoughts is something else entirely.

    If I had to bet money on it: I'd say this will never happen. Theoretically it might be possible to connect to other brains via technological means, but if it will impinge on our individual identities and form some collective consciousness it's a definite no-no. Sharing certain sensory experiences in this way may be a possibility however, but I'm not sure if the tech will be able to pick up one specific experience from a person's brain and transmit that to the other person. "An experience" is not one thing, it's made up of the combined fuinctioning of millions of brain cells.

    This is also what the shrieky girls did in Doktor Sleepless right?
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      CommentAuthorV
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2010 edited
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    That was pretty interesting. I might borrow from parts of it next time I try to explain my irritation with news articles about technology that reads minds.
    By that I mean the explanations of how tailored to the individual all of this technology needs to be. Still fascinating powerful stuff, but hardly the same as picking up signals using non-implanted devices on a never before seen subject and knowing their thoughts.

    We actually had a fascinating researcher visiting our lab for a while who worked on interfaces for people with severe physical disabilities.
    Really important work that involves incredible commitment and painstaking effort (both on the part of the researcher and the patient) in crafting solutions tailored to each individual.
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    Borg/Phalanx. Group thought in general is usually pretty bad. but one big collective mind. There was a reason "Mr. Klieg" was the villain in "Tomb of the Cybermen." Damn. At least in "1984" one had a chance of escaping Big Brother....
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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 11th 2010
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    Now I really would have an excuse for 90% of my brain being taken up with pr0n.
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    I used to want to be telepathic.

    Then I went on the internet.