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The Future of Mental Telepathy

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I read the article I will link at the end of this post, and I begin to realize that this probably deserves its own thread. Topic tags I have listed for this thread include:


1. Telepathy.

2. Mind interface weaponry.

3. Mind interface prosthetics.

4. Human to animal communications.


So, the intent is to bring these four areas of mind/brain development into one thread.  In that way, we can began to see similarities in technological themes and developments.  Once that base line of information has been established, we can begin to speculate about the future of technological development in this field.  Of course, if you already have some ideas concerning this topic, feel free to express tweet like opinions, or perhaps even essay long type observations.


At any rate, here is the opening article as promised:


Are Human Beings on the Verge of Establishing Telepathic Communications?







(Mysterious Universe) Telepathy, or the various related abilities to “read” other’s minds or communicate using means by means other than the usual face holes, is at the heart of a significant amount of both science fiction and paranormal research. Aside from allowing one to get extremely creeped out in public, the power to read or hear others’ thoughts would be of critical strategic advantage in politics, law enforcement, and the military. For that reason, the CIA and other clandestine organizations have experimented with various forms of telepathy over the years – to mostly no result. However, recent leaps in brain scanning technology, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interfacing have put humankind on the verge of developing real telepathy like never before. Will privacy become a thing of the past?


For years, many of the biggest names in technology including the no-longer-doubtfully-evil Facebook have been researching methods of technological telepathy. Some of the more terrifying iterations involve powerful artificial intelligence networks which can read your brain activity and recreate any visual information your brain is processing. To make things even more dystopian, MIT researchers have recently unveiled technology which can ‘hear’ and decode individuals’ inner speech. What will this spell for the future of interrogation, court proceedings? or law enforcement?


The device, called AlterEgo, consists of a goofy, obtrusive headset which detects and interprets minute electrical signals sent from the brain to the facial and vocal muscles. These signals are sent even when we are only ‘speaking’ inside our heads, meaning this system can essentially read people’s minds in real time. Through interpreting these signals, the device can essentially “hear” users’ inner thoughts. The device’s creators claim that they envision this system used to make technology use less obtrusive:


If I want to look something up that’s relevant to a conversation I’m having, I have to find my phone and type in the passcode and open an app and type in some search keyword, and the whole thing requires that I completely shift attention from my environment and the people that I’m with to the phone itself.

Human Beings Are On the Verge of  Developing Telepathy


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Human Beings Are On the Verge of Finally Developing Telepathy



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Before I raise concerns, here's a handful.


  • I've been playing around this concept long enough to have equipped an entire conceptual species with it.
  • Telepathy is an inborn ability of their species, embedded in the ever-so fluid brains of its constituent individuals as a semi-artificially developed lobe that handles all quantum internet traffic, establishing and destroying non-locality between similar lobe structures by functioning as a router. 
  • All those networked brains will essentially birth a cloud computing platform. With just about enough instances of those brains, quantum blockchain superorganisms are bound to wake up and assume the role of gods.
  • whatever kind of gods those would be, depends on whatever kinds of people there are. (might also be the other way around though).


Now, I think the article focused on the application of telepathy as a mind-controlled democracy - obviously political. It is as if having a literal technological window to the soul means the authorities can file a search warrant and enter through and seek or plant evidence there to protect every others' souls. I mean yes, technically they can but, that's not the only application .

I'd like to talk more about mind interfaces, which is exactly what telepathy is. it would be too revolutionary that it might just not happen at all but let's say that we already have devices that can:

  1. read and translate rational thoughts into input signals
  2. process rational thoughts across hidden layers of neural networks separate from or embedded on our own neurons.
  3. write and broadcast irrational thoughts as an output

Firstly, just look at autocomplete feature of smartphones. With just about enough sample size, those telepathic devices can not only read and write. Sooner or later, they will learn (and believe me someone may already be teaching them) how to predict what they will read based on our inputs and what they will write based on what they will read and after that, well, the human brain is a prediction engine, but that's another thing. In the meantime, I just gotta say.


  1. Businesses wouldn't be as challenging. depending on the level of integration, producers may already know what their customers will want and be there to provide it right on time.
  2. Frauds will become geniuses to have figured out a way to broadcast inconsistent information and get away with it regardless of these next-generation prediction engines.
  3. Memories will be files that can be shared, viewed, edited, deleted or otherwise.
  4. Memory conversion from one human-compatible format to another will be possible.
  5. Reality will be fragmented into orthodox, simulated, augmented, and various others in between.
  6. Psychokinetic prostheses would replace most buttons, switches, levers, knobs, sliders, touch-pads, etc.
  7. New programming languages for interfacing neurotransmitters and transistors will evolve as well.
  8. MindHacking will be more widespread than authorities will initially thought.
  9. Terms and Conditions will have extra sections that we might actually want to read because dude, it's our minds that'll be at stake.
  10. New Government Rules and Regulations regarding mind-mind communication
  11. Full Consciousness read-write because why not.
  12. Daydreaming will replace Web-surfing. Why use screens and papers when you can just buy a memory file from someone who has seen the news.

This is why telepathy is a scary thought. It's not just a means of mind-to-mind communication. it can also be mind-to-machine communication. we know pretty much what machines can communicate with, especially when the internet of things has matured. It's quite simple and safe to say that the same tech to give us telepathy will also give us telekinesis and when you have both, it's just the scale and degree of manipulation that will give us the rest of the superpowers even jean grey and prof. X will envy.


St. Elon Musk's neural lace is an inspired solution, along with what he said about merging our brains with our own AI's.

To me, both thinking structures are inherently flawed but also exclusively compatible because:

  • Brains are flexible but neither efficient nor expandable. and
  • AI's are mostly rigid, making them efficient and modular

We should be the self-improving part of our AI's.

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As you can see, I'm a huge nerd who'd rather write about how we can become a Type V civilization instead of study for my final exams (gotta fix that).

But to put an end to this topic, might I say that the one and only greatest future achievement of humankind is when it finally becomes posthumankind.




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(The Verge) EMG is widely used to measure muscle performance, and it’s a promising option for prosthetic limb control. CTRL-Labs isn’t the first company to imagine an EMG-based interface, either. Canadian startup Thalmic Labs sells an EMG gesture-reading armband called the Myo, which detects muscle movements and can handle anything from controlling a computer to translating sign language. (CTRL-Labs used Myo armbands in early prototyping, before designing its own hardware.)


This technology provides some clear benefits over the mass-market electroencephalography (EEG) headsets that are often sold as “mind-reading” devices. Those headsets pick up very broad brain activity patterns — often just a general state of concentration — and set them to trigger rudimentary computer commands. An EMG armband bypasses users’ noisy, complicated brains and draws from much clearer lower motor neuron signals before their relatively slow muscles react to those signals.


EMG isn’t foolproof. I tried Thalmic’s armband a few years ago, and although it could be eerily good at deducing my finger motion, it didn’t consistently recognize gestures, especially after I shifted the band or changed my arm position. “There are still challenges with EMG,” says neurotechnologist Chad Bouton, director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research’s bioelectronic medicine program.


One issue is interference from what Bouton refers to as motion artifacts. The bands have to process extraneous data from accidental hand movements, external vibrations, and the electrodes shifting around the skin. “All those things can cause extra signal you don’t want,” he says. An electrode headset, he notes, would face similar problems — but they’re serious issues for either system.


Reardon says CTRL-Labs’ band can pick out far more precise neural activity than the Myo, which Thalmic bills as a muscle-reading system rather than a brain-computer interface. And the band is supposed to work consistently anywhere on the wrist or lower arm, as long as it’s fitted snugly. (The prototype felt like wearing a thick, metallic elastic bracelet.) But Bouton, who uses EMG to find and activate muscles of people with paralysis, says users would get the best results from hitting exactly the same spot every time — which the average person might find difficult. “Even just moving a few millimeters can make a difference,” he says.


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Starspawn found this article (see below) and started a separate thread with a link to it.  Because that thread is receding from the first couple of pages, I am taking the liberty of also citing the article here, as it is exactly the kind of news story I had in mind when I started this thread.


Microsoft is working on a Brain Computer interface, but for a good reason






(MSPowerUser) When we talk about computers connecting directly to your brain to interpret your thoughts and act on them, it evokes images of the Borg in Star Trek, but Microsoft is developing just such a technology, but for a very humanitarian reason.


Satya Nadella told attendees at Microsoft’s eighth Ability Summit in Redmond that Microsoft is developing brain reading technology to assist people with locked-in syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that only allows people to communicate by eye movement.


“How do you give them a language, because of just basically the ability to detect brain activity,” said Nadella.


Microsoft has in recent years brought a number of products designed to improve accessibility to market, including a Seeing Eye app which uses AI to describe scenes to those with visual difficulties and a new Xbox Adaptive Controller, which offers a cheap way for those with disabilities to connect adaptive controllers to their gaming console.


“To me, being able to sort of really take that and channel it, see things like at one week where you have these thousands of folks across the company come together and invent these new technologies has been eye-opening for me,” he said. “In fact, I’m just getting ready to even host a dinner with some of the researchers that are working on the brain — you know, human-brain interface.”





If you would like to comment directly in the thread started by Starspawn, here is a link to that thread:



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Another good article found by Starspawn:



How to control robots with brainwaves and hand gestures






(MIT News) Getting robots to do things isn’t easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language.

But what if we could control robots more intuitively, using just hand gestures and brainwaves?


A new system spearheaded by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aims to do exactly that, allowing users to instantly correct robot mistakes with nothing more than brain signals and the flick of a finger.


Building off the team’s past work focused on simple binary-choice activities, the new workexpands the scope to multiple-choice tasks, opening up new possibilities for how human workers could manage teams of robots.


By monitoring brain activity, the system can detect in real-time if a person notices an error as a robot does a task. Using an interface that measures muscle activity, the person can then make hand gestures to scroll through and select the correct option for the robot to execute.



A system developed at MIT allows a human supervisor to correct a robot's mistakes using gestures and brainwaves.

Photo: Joseph DelPreto/MIT CSAIL

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