How we will interact with our brains in the future
By 2025, researchers say, we may have to start thinking about how to use our brains to interact with computers and other digital devices.
The most recent issue of Nature, for instance, shows that, by the year 2045, the brains of the brain-dead will be fully functional.
The authors of the paper note that we have just a couple of decades to reach this goal.
They predict that by 2047, the brain will have a capacity to process the volume of information that humans process per second.
If we continue to operate on this kind of data, they say, “we will be able to control the way we think, the way our emotions are expressed, and even how we move our body.
Our brains will also have access to a new way of understanding how to interact directly with computers, whether through touch, speech, or even our brains.”
They also point out that these technologies are already being used in the real world, and the paper describes several projects looking at how we might use these technologies to help us with some of our most pressing concerns.
But it’s not all about the future.
The paper also points out that “there is also the potential for the development of more sophisticated systems for managing the flow of information, in particular to support large-scale and coordinated computing operations.”
In other words, the world of the near future will not just be full of digital devices, but also large- scale networks of them.
So far, this has been a relatively short-term challenge, says James Anderson, an expert in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Southern California.
“If we look at the history of human interaction, it’s been really, really difficult,” he says.
For instance, the rise of the automobile and the invention of the telephone have left us with a whole set of tasks to do.
The computer has made it easier to get work done, but it also makes it harder to manage people’s schedules and coordinate work.
“In the next few decades, it will be really hard to manage a complex system that includes a large number of people,” Anderson says.
“And so we’re going to have to have systems that are capable of managing large systems.”
Anderson has been studying the cognitive aspects of the Internet and other networks for more than two decades.
He believes that it will take us “a long time” to figure out how to make computers more intelligent.
But that’s not to say that he’s not optimistic.
“I think that in the next couple of years we’re really going to see the emergence of some of the things that we already see,” he said.
“We’re going from being very smart to being very intelligent, and we’re probably going to go from having very little intelligence to having a lot.”
He expects the technology will become more capable as time goes on, though.
“It’s going to be a very gradual process, but I think it’s going be a lot faster,” he predicts.
For now, he says, we’ll just have to keep our eyes open and keep our heads up.