The implications of such technology are staggering. Crowd-sourcing takes on a whole new meaning! What could happen if all the world’s greatest minds “linked up” to solve problems? What could this mean for the transmission of information from first responders, soldiers, and police? Could we see people fitted with transmitters relaying pertinent information to authorities? Now that we know that it is possible to send information from one brain to a computer, and then send that information to another brain, the door is open for all sorts of possibilities.
In all seriousness, what are the broader, more uncomfortable questions that arise from this? What does this mean for a potential future where thoughts aren’t expressed only by language, music, or gesture, but through wires directly plugged into another person, or many other people’s brains? Left in the realm of science fiction these questions can be avoided, or debated for fun, but now these questions are much more intriguing. Would emotion come along for the ride? Could my happiness be transmitted to others? What would that mean for human psychology? Relationships? Addictions? Could too much connectivity affect the very way we think, to the point that our individual minds, the very thing that makes what you we and determines how we see the world cause a blurring and blending of individuality? What would this mean for society? Concepts of justice and ethics? The memes that are passed around and adopted by others? What would this mean for advertising?