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What The Future Holds: What is Faster Than Instantaneous?

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People have always wanted to communicate faster and faster. Thousands of years ago, information was delivered by runners… hundreds of years ago by horseback… last century by electronic transition of dots and dashes using Morse Code… and within the last two decades, instantaneous communications is measured in sub-second times via the Internet and cell phones.

With sub-second communications, where can we go from here? What is faster than instantaneous?

I’ve given a lot of thought to this by doing my own brainstorming. It’s more like writing down one idea that leads to another idea and so on. Cell phone companies probably asked the same question “what is faster than instantaneous?” and came up with voice dialing. Voice dialing? What about Brain dialing? You think the number, and you’re talking to whomever you’re thinking about.

After some research, I found that there is a university level course at Brown University in brain-to-computer interfaces. Brown University is a very reputable institution and they are asking a lot of complex questions. Dr. Stephan Hawking, author of a Brief Time in History and one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists, has been quoted on CNN saying, “Humans must develop an interface that allows the human brain to be directly connected to a computer.”

Once you have interfaced the brain to a computer, the next logical step is to implant a chip in your head to directly interface to the communications network. I agree with Dr. Hawking that we need to be able interface to a computer, but with an implanted chip? Maybe we should go back delivering information by horseback.

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