I am fascinated by this technology; the ability to trick the human brain into thinking it's being 'surrounded' by music or that the music is in
your head. We all know music can affect your emotions, but what if it can literally change them? I believe that music as we traditionally perceive it
(through sung words, physical/digital instruments) will cease to exist. I envision some day having emotions readily available in digital format for
when you wish to feel them, completely bypassing what we now know as 'music.' An example of this theory is the research that's currently being
conducted into readily affecting emotions through music:
Through a combination of research into brain waves and binaural frequency recordings, moods and certain emotions can be felt with the click of a few
buttons. Wanna feel happy? Plug in your headphones, or integrated eyephone with earpiece
take a digital chill pill.
With the introduction of 3D and virtual immersion technology such as the Oculus Rift/Virtuix Omni
televisions, we are approaching ever closer to the Matrix scenario. If we follow that logic, and continue to progress down this road, what awaits us?
I believe some day we shall see online gaming, and perhaps even life itself in a virtual environment (if it's not already; perhaps we're in a
virtual simulation of a virtual simulation, of a virtual simulation...an inception scenario). If we can find a way to harness our conscious and
perhaps even transfer it, what could we accomplish?
I could already see gender frustrated individuals transferring their bodies into the opposite sex, other confused individuals such as furries wanting
animal bodies (rocket racoon?), or perhaps we would bypass this as a whole and place ourselves into android bodies...with your original body being
preserved and hung up like a metaphorical coat. The Exo
come to mind when thinking along these lines. The human body itself is technically an organic machine. Transferring to a similarly
built body (with higher specs of course) is not completely out of the question.
I realize much of this will probably be considered fringe logic, but it all seems possible with how quickly technology is advancing. I am unsure
whether I want to live long enough to see it through it's course though. Much of it is frightening, especially with how the definition of life comes
into question and how much of our traditional views on the human body begin to be shaken. Could you imagine being enslaved by a hacker who could jack
your consciousness? Mass media corporations taking hold of your mind and filling it with ads? The episode of Futurama 'Fishful of Dollars' comes to
mind where Fry's dream is infiltrated with underwear ads.
How about you? Would you want to become part of the cloud? Would you want your consciousness transferred into something else? Share your thoughts ATS.