The world as we know it today is powered by machines, some that are programed to promote life, while others are designed to eradicate life. Whether you care to admit it or not, we have become grossly dependent on technology. In our quest to map out a technological advanced tomorrow, have we ever considered that some might have gone too far?
Facebook may be working on a revolutionary type of computer interface that will allow people to communicate with each other using thought alone. The social media company is building a secretive team of engineers tasked with developing a “brain-computer interface” based on neuroimaging technology that will be used for a so-called “communications platform of the future”.
The project is being spearheaded by Facebook’s Building 8 team. While a mind-reading computer might sound like the stuff of science-fiction, comments from Mark Zuckerberg in the past suggest that the Facebook CEO wants to make such concepts a reality. During a Facebook Q&A session in June last year, Zuckerberg said he envisioned a future where “you’re going to be able to capture a thought… in its ideal and perfect form in your head and share that with the world” (International Business Times).
We have used technology to replace all human need; phones to communicate, computers to connect with the world. Unfortunately, we use Facebook for friends and twitter for followers. We’ve looked for technology to do what mere human interaction could not. We have our communication devices, yet we talk less, we have a brevity of computers, laptops and tablets which extend our connectivity to the virtual world while we are being detached from the real one. And as mankind’s machine threatens to invade every aspect of modern life we can no longer be certain that this so called “better tomorrow” will be the futuristic fantasy world in which Hollywood predicts, but rather an age of technologically bewitched weaklings.
Surely the thoughts of mankind should be left alone. If there is a thought you wish to share to the world, share it with those who comprise your world. This technomancy offers us no real advancement but places us further down the slippery slope of extinction.