posted on May, 31 2008 @ 12:44 PM
I don't believe we'll achieve that within 30 years... perhaps a time frame of 100 might be more in order.
The method by which your brain stores information, it catalogs where each bit of information is stored along a random set of neurons. That neuron is
then triggered once again when the information needs to be accessed.
The problem is, if you were to simply start filling up your memory with information, you still wouldn't know it was there... because your brain never
applied one of it's neuron branches to that section of information.
So after you have assumingly learned Spanish, you might want to give it a try. Upon attempting to recall Spanish words, your brain will (in its own
way) reply "Yes, but you never told me where you were putting it, did you?!"
Nor have you affiliated the new words or concepts learned with concepts you already have in storage. That is how your brain makes sense of new
information, by applying that information along side concepts you already understand in a form of mental analogy.
No-one has figured out yet how to control the pathways responsible for memory location, nor how to branch off from an already used neuron pathway.
Until we do figure that out, this technology remains unfeasible.
... so you can breathe a sight of relief.
I said breathe! heh.
The problems we WILL be facing with neural implants, are chemical controllers. They have figured out how to control the release of chemicals in your
body through electrical stimulation.
With this being said, it's possible to make you hungry, thirsty, throw up, get angry, grow tired, get irritable, be happy, have an orgasm, be sad, be
afraid, feel weak, feel pain, feel pleasure... or OD you on your own natural chemicals and let you die.
This of course can't be done without an implant, very precisely placed, though.
It's already begun to be implanted to combat a few chemical issues with the brain... They've managed to control epilepsy, sleep deprivation, stress,
depression, and a few other issues so far with it... but it most certainly can be used for the wrong reason.
Imagine if it were mandatory to have such a thing implanted in your brain... say the government was tired of chemically unstable people, and made it
mandatory for safety reasons... suddenly the entire population is under 100% control.
Set off the happy feelings when they make a speech.
Make them angry when they see pictures of the enemy.
Make them scared when the police pass by.
Or simply kill the problematic ones, and claim they OD'd on drugs.
100% uninhibited control over you.
Now THAT you can skip a few breaths with.