Last year, I started having a flood of ideas about how the future’s technology will enable fascinating new ways for humankind to work together and communicate, and how society will be fundamentally altered as a result.
Then a few months ago, I discovered something very disconcerting: There is this guy named Nova Spivack in California, and he is scanning my brain, stealing my ideas, and passing them off as his own. I know you probably don’t believe me, and now I wish I had placed dates on my pages of notes, because from now on nobody will believe that I thought of these things before Nova wrote about them.
I figure I’d best put some of my notes here, before he claims to have come up with them first. So far, I don’t think he’s stolen these particular ideas yet:
(by the way, I’m just kidding. Nova is an amazing person, and I think he will go down in history as someone who helped bring about the biggest revolution, ever, in human communication. I’m just a little jealous, that’s all.)
The language of thought
(future-y, vision-ey stuff)
How many times do we have an awesome idea or a vision of some grand achievement… yet cannot find the words to describe it? Our words often, literally, fail us.
Each of us, every day, translates the language of our thought into words or pictures or gestures or inflections. Is it worth considering, even for a minute, that maybe someday all of us, globally, will communicate in our most-native of languages?
Our own rational minds have learned to make best sense of our own creative ideas. How possible is it that, using some kind of future interface, we may someday learn to make sense of everyone else’s creative thoughts?! The benefits to mankind would be so great that it is worth considering.
What would such an interface be? Will it employ nanotechnology? Some form of non-invasive brain imaging?
Regardless of the architecture, the “software interface” will need to be formed. It will probably be nothing like today’s software… owned and created by big companies. It will be an evolving, collaborative, living thing… much like spoken language today. Except new ideas and techniques and creativity will propagate as fast as our minds can collectively know them. Humankind will become like one organism, taking care of itself, nurturing itself, making decisions, making life better for every part of itself, since every part can be felt. Even the smallest itch can be scratched.
Ideas about this future interface
(what we should be trying to achieve)
Not every item needs to be explicitly described, in the same way that describing them to a friend does not need to be an absolutely complete item-for-item essay.
First, a friend knows generally what a sunset or a swing set or a park bench looks like, what attributes it typically has… these common human concepts and experiences are already fundamentally understood. Only a little categorization needs to be added to the already-understood concepts…
a blue park bench with an old man on it
an orange and cloudy sunset above the Rockies
a rusty old swing set with broken chains and mud puddles.
Second, a friend knows you and your experiences to a degree, so descriptions of your children or your high school need only be provided once, if ever. Later, the meaning-rich phrase “Zander in shorts with Jasmine in his lap” automatically and powerfully paints a picture in only eight words!
The best interface will be “smart” enough to know that horses can run or stand, people have eyes with certain colors, Marilyn Monroe had blond hair (usually), I lived in Colorado when I was young, my brothers and parents and children all have the same eye color as I do, and sunshine cannot be black in the natural world.
All this, because it was told once and it remembers… globally, for everyone!