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

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Jun 25 23:47:04 UTC 2013

Some of the stories I have been
playing with of late involve
"radiotelepathy": a node
implanted in the sensorymotor
cortex able to send and receive
crude, low res signals.  All the
sophistication of encoding
meaning and language is up to
the brain connected to the device.

There is reason to believe that the
speed of speech and typing is not
that much less than the speed of
thought - or at least, thought
modulated in a form that can be
expressed to another brain.

An easier way to start getting a
sense of the consequences of
invisible communication, at least
for one way, is to try truly hidden
audio receivers, so close
observers can not tell a person
is getting audio input.  A classic
test case is poker tables: have a
confederate signal you as to the
contents of other players' hands.
Casinos deal with this issue all
the time these days; a good pit
boss can relay many tricks of
the trade, albeit from the side of
attempting to prevent it for the
benefit of the unenhanced.

On Jun 25, 2013 5:44 AM, "Eugen Leitl" <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
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> To: Friends of Rohit Khare <fork at xent.com>
> Subject: [FoRK] Non-speech, non-keyboard direct communications will
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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
> fashion?
> 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.
> sdw
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