Often I hear comments about how cool technology has become. Usually it's excitement about the new Fitbit, smart phone, or AI that you interact with to some extent in your house. All very personal ways that your life can be "upgraded" through technology. I'm not sure I have a right to feel unimpressed by these, but I can't help but feel they are a little underwhelming to where we could be.
In the forward of "The Left Hand of Darkness", the writer talks about how Science Fiction authors are expected to imagine the future and write a story of "what if/it could happen". I would like to clarify to some extent this is my imagination. This is my Science Fiction without a story.
Backstory, about 6 years ago while attending the Institute of Production and Recording I had a professor (Rod Smith) who had us read the book Accelerando by Charles Stross. I can't remember too much of the entire store but what I took away was the detail in which people could back up their brains to hard drives. In theory, I do not believe it would be too difficult to train a computer to read your brain.
In high school I took a few computer classes and in one, we worked on Dragon Speech to Text translation. Some classes would be spent instructing the computer to understand our voice and inflections write papers without typing. This seemed pretty cutting edge then but now with Siri and Alexa, it's a bit of an underwhelming thought. It would be interesting to see if someone set up a MRI or some way to get a specific brain reaction and have a computer read your brain like flash cards. Process: Think of eating a banana. The computer reads your brain activity, you tell it when reactions like this occur, outcome equals thinking of eating a banana. You could use the same process as Speech to Text where you would run the same process many times at different times to solidify the translation.
Of course I keep music in mind. Imagine if you thought of a sound/frequency in your head and played a keyboard at the same time telling the computer "when this, play this". It could even work as a reverse guitar tuner. Think a note and your computer figures the note based on your frequency of thought. Further, think of this process on a full scale where your thoughts go straight to MIDI. Electronic drum kits are electrical signals, so could the same go for thinking the beat? Think of a low note with fast attack and quick release and you've got a kick. In another direction, can you imagine Shazaming the song stuck in your head? That time you can't remember what song it is but you know it's the Bee Gees?
In a different direction, it would be very interesting to get specific locations based on a memory. If you could remember "that place next to that coffee shop" and the computer runs a general close scan of Google Maps. Afterwards you review suggested locations and you could confirm or deny.
It might be daunting to run any of these processes of many yes or no questions, especially to a spot of comfort. I do believe this process that could work and would welcome this sort of interaction with a computer. Only time will tell where consumerism and funding takes the future.