April 02, 2009

These articles about understanding and being able to read the brain and gather information directly from it represents a great opportunity. The technology and science behind it are revolutionary and will as that word suggest bring about a revolution. These are game changing projects. Their culmination will bring about extraordinary and sweeping changes. The timeframe of when things will change is up to debate. However as a writer who looks to the future--and indeed I have in my first novel which has been making the rounds--the timing isn't important. A good hypothesis of when is all that is needed. It's rather academic even. What is important though is what can be done with it in the realm of fiction. These technologies and concepts are immediately fruitful for the author. The connotations, implications, ramifications, and the further concepts those results spawn are where the importance is.

The first article is about a computer through the brain scanning interface understanding at what the test subject is looking. The second details a slightly similar project that allows the computer to understand where the test subject is in a virtual room. It can read the distances between where the subject believes to be in the room and the objects by which the subject would make those determinations, except of course the computer is doing the actual judging using the subconscious understanding of the distance by the subject's brain. The third article is about how memories form in the brain and which ones are most likely to make the move from the short term memory to the long term memory. The fourth, and last article, looks at how seeing a colour affects the brain and helps it shift or work within a specific gear, that is, toward a specific goal.

These four articles together speak to a lot of different possible applications on their own. Taken together they can be a part of a smaller grouping of applications that are much more powerful. At TechStop™ these four articles share some of the same tags. Obviously one of them is brain since they all rely on that for their studies and their data. Same thing with neuroscience. Two of them share the life blogging tag, which isn't spoken about in the articles themselves, nor specifically the notes made to accompany the articles. This merits a deeper look.

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