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Will YOUR Brain Have an Implant in the Future?

In the future, Whitley Strieber won't be the only one with an implant--almost EVERYONE will have one (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show).

A new class of people are coming, whose microchip-enhanced mental abilities may raise questions about what it means to be human: Over the next decade, new implantable technologies will fundamentally change the way people think, feel and behave. Will this be the first step in changing humans into hybrids that are part machine? (NOTE: Subscribers have a coupon to purchase this book at LESS THAN $2, but only while supplies last).

In the June 2nd edition of the Wall Street Journal, Daniel H. Wilson writes: "These tools aren't sinister. They're being created to solve real problems. Prosthetic limbs help people move, and neural implants help people think. (These) solutions may not only erase physical or mental deficits but leave patients better off than 'able-bodied' folks. The person who has a disability today may have a superability tomorrow."

For instance, the goal for many of the amputees who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with missing limbs is no longer just to reach a "natural" level of ability but to exceed it, using whatever cutting-edge technology is available.

But prosthetic limbs aren't the only new technology--brain implants are also being developed that can provide mental, rather than physical, improvement. These can be as small as an aspirin, and are designed to be placed under the skull, on the surface of the brain. Will dyslexic kids--or even Down Syndrome people--receive such implants in the future?

These are scary thoughts, but Wilson says, "Humanity has been co-evolving with technology for more than 100,000 years. Together with our tools, we are on a grand, generation-spanning trajectory. Whether we like it or not, the next step of this evolution is on the near horizon."



We just never learn, do we?

All technology can go in either direction, for good or evil intentions. We would like to believe that good will override evil, but time has proven that we end up becoming slaves to technology instead. The technology in this article holds great promise for those in need, but at what costs to the majority?

One of the best movies never seen was a little gem called "Minority Report". It flopped at the box office. Why? I feel that it was so on the mark about where we are headed that people stayed away because they could not face the truth that they are part of the problem, due to their own greed and fear.

In 'Dune' by Frank Herbert, the order known as the Bene Gesserit had a little mantra about fear being "...the mind-killer."

Indeed it is...

We just never learn, do we?

All technology can go in either direction, for good or evil intentions. We would like to believe that good will override evil, but time has proven that we end up becoming slaves to technology instead. The technology in this article holds great promise for those in need, but at what costs to the majority?

One of the best movies never seen was a little gem called "Minority Report". It flopped at the box office. Why? I feel that it was so on the mark about where we are headed that people stayed away because they could not face the truth that they are part of the problem, due to their own greed and fear.

In 'Dune' by Frank Herbert, the order known as the Bene Gesserit had a little mantra about fear being "...the mind-killer."

Indeed it is...

"Minority Report was one of the best reviewed films of 2002. It received praise for its writing, visuals and themes... The film was nominated for and won several awards. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound Editing, and won four Saturn Awards, including Best Science Fiction Film and Best Direction. The film was a COMMERCIAL SUCCESS (Cosmic Librarian), earning over $358 million worldwide against an overall budget of $142 million (including advertising). Over four million DVDs were sold in its first few months of home release."

Ranks 297 all time USA Box Office $132,014,112 ahead of another never seen film, #312.Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)$128,300,000 . Yet, no one ever seen it. Good grief... I know inflation on Close Encounters but still...?

Wow! EJM48, thanks for putting me in my place. I appreciate the comeuppance. We all need to be boxed around the ears every now and then.

I may be remembering another timeline on this one, and I do not mean to argue, but I do have memories of it being a disappointment at the box office, but I may have it mixed up with AI. Mea culpa.

That being said, other than a couple of close acquaintances, I have found it difficult to find many people around me who have actually seen this film. I bring it up and they draw a blank. Maybe I just suffer from lack of 'Total Recall'. :-)

Now that the facts about the box office success of 'Minority Report' are out of the way, how do you feel about article about implants? That is, after all, what my comments were really about.

Lol, when I get the stick out of my butt I will. I promise. :) But at the same time being widely seen does not mean it is widely liked or remembered by the masses.

The Human-machine hybrids will be called....human boeings.

Ignore EJM48, he's just a troll looking for attention.

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