[ExI] [FoRK] Non-speech, non-keyboard direct communications will create a new class of humans

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Tue Jun 25 12:41:28 UTC 2013

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Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2013 17:12:03 -0700
From: Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net>
To: Friends of Rohit Khare <fork at xent.com>
Subject: [FoRK] Non-speech, non-keyboard direct communications will create a new class of humans
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Technical people and techno-savvy consumers already communicate
differently than non-technical people, but it is somewhat constrained.
What happens when one or more methods of fast, accurate, digital
friendly communications channels are easily used in an always-there
What are the social consequences of a certain subset invisibly
communicating, a la telepathy, with each other and others not present?
What if this communications happens at speeds not constrained by the
mechanics of speech, typing, and drawing?  How many multiples of 1x
comm modes will we reach?

Many of us think, at least at times, much faster than we can
communicate.  At the moment, we can only leverage and communicate
stored information in external ways.  We could probably communicate
several times faster, plus boost that with shorthand and keyword-like
inclusion of packets of existing knowledge.  Given a much better
visualization and representation method, we should be able to
communicate a lot of information quickly in an absorbable way.

As soon as we can communicate quietly and probably secretly, we can
more easily and quickly leverage large stores of internal and external
information.  And what will be the rules about running and following
an AI representation of a knowledge base to help with decision making
or to supply relevant "unbiased" information?  Your grandfather's
wisdom?  Your party leader's?  CEO? Girlfriend/boyfriend?

Hard to argue against this being good overall, but I suspect a lot of
angst and confusion.  Things like tests will require special handling.


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