Friday, December 30, 2011

What other sorts of things could we do with inSyte? (2)

If you’re in an accident then you can call for help. Telepathically.

Pretty neat.

You’re in a critical meeting and you have transparent access to your engineers back at HQ. Better than that, they are literally attending the meeting through your eyes and ears. Talk about driving efficiency.

You’re about to say something insensitive at a dinner party, your wife doesn’t have to pretend to change the subject or kick you under the table. She just tells you to shut up through your common feed.

Let’s reverse it – how do you protect your thoughts. You don’t want your wife to know that you don’t like her meatballs, or how cute you think the waitress is. Or if she’s telling you about her day you don’t want her to know you’re really watching the ballgame.

So you have to protect your thoughts. OK – no need to reinvent the wheel. One approach might be to leverage so called demilitarized zones. Create DMZs just like we have on networks today.

So only your thoughts that go into the DMZ can be picked up on.

That would be fine for business and for general interactions with people.

But what about your spouse? Is the person you love going to be OK with that? Now you’re hiding your thoughts intentionally?

Could the authorities get a warrant to explore past the DMZ based on the Patriot Act?

Does probable cause enter the equation if the authorities find actual physical proof of premeditation only as a result of reading your thoughts?

Well, if they could prevent another 911 then of course you would want them to.

So – could they insert this into your head to read your thoughts? Beats waterboarding.

I’m sure this would spawn massive legal questions that would make it all the way to the Supreme Court.

What about hackers? Someone could hack into your mind to steal critical information. Business info, credit card, passwords. Or insert, ie push, a nightmare image. Cause a hallucination. Take you into a virtual reality. Maybe during a business meeting. Or a robbery. Or a date.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What other sorts of things could we do with inSyte? (1)

Your world, Connected. We see these taglines for SPs and technology. Because with a smartphone or a PC there are a number of ways to communicate with other people.

Instant Messaging, Skype, Apple’s new Facetime.

In my book, only one person has the screen in his mind.

What happens when everyone has it?

Well, then you’re communicating in real time with other people using the airwaves, using RF.


You can talk to anyone else on the grid with your thoughts.

The simple notion is that someone IM’s you, you have an IM session in your head.

Ok – so you can IM someone. Big deal. How about skype? Communicating with your friend. Having an actual conversation. Silently. And he sees what you see.

Except that he’s in another room. Or across town. Or across the country. Or across an ocean.

It’s no different then communicating telepathically. Better, actually, because of the video component.

Sounds like impossible science fiction from the fifties, right?

In fact, if you were an observer from the fifties, you would look on incredulously and likely conclude mankind had discovered an innate telepathic ability.

But as we have this discussion, you see it’s just technology.

In my next blog, I’ll discuss what you could do with this ability…

Thursday, December 1, 2011

What would inSyte do to personal conversations?

On the one hand, it would raise the level of the discussion because you don’t have to argue or debate about the facts. So it frees us to focus on concepts, ideas.

On the other hand, can you have a simple conversation? Would we be bored with small talk, already a lost art form? Would we constantly check and correct everything anyone else said?

Sort of like Vulcan’s from Star Trek? “Excuse me, Doctor, but that is factually incorrect.”

And what about the continual interruptions? We think crackberry addicts are bad now, what if everyone had inSyte? You’re having a conversation with someone and they get these constant distant looks in their eyes, or they seem to glance down to read the ticker.

Your wife is telling you about her day and you’re smiling and nodding while you’re watching the ballgame in real time in your mind. I mean, how could you resist?

Again – we would need the proper tools to filter out interruptions.