New Age for Communication

By: Klynne Clarise Kuizon & Honey June Gabiota


Through the years, communication has evolved. The way people communicate with each other today is entirely different ages ago. In early times, we communicate orally and then we eventually learned how to write in rocks and paper. The existence of print and broadcast media enables us to disseminate information at long distance, massively, and effectively. Today with the invention of computers and internet, social media dominated as tool for us to communicate (Lambert 2018).

A lot of things could happen in the future. With the curiosity of human mind we will forever be evolving and innovating. Fifty years from now the ability to transmit thoughts, without speech, from one human being to another in other words telepathy would be possible. In an article written by Caitlin Dewey, Mark Zuckerberg  stated that, “One day, I believe we’ll be able to send full rich thoughts to each other directly using technology,”. This statement implies that we have come to a point that everything is made possible with technology. 

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Photo credit: ALS Association

Last February 2017, researchers from Stanford University have developed an advanced brain-computer interface. Paralyzed patients controlled the point-and-click motion of a cursor on an onscreen keyboard. The cursor moved around via direct brain control. This device enables to read the patients mind. Reading our thoughts is now possible the problem now is how to send the message. In 2013, scientist at Duke University implanted two lab rats with microelectrode arrays and taught one of the rats to press one of two levers. Afterwards, the second rat, who had not been trained, also seemed to know which level to push: It had received neural signals from the first rat, via the implant.  

Telepathy would revolutionized the way we communicate with one another.

References:

Dewey C. 2015. Mark Zuckerberg says the future of communication is telepathy. Here’s how that would actually work. The Washington Post. Available from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/07/01/mark-zuckerberg-says-the-future-of-communication-is-telepathy-heres-how-that-would-actually-work/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.07196e28027f .

Goldman B. 2017. Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis. Stanford Medicine. Available from https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/02/brain-computer-interface-allows-fast-accurate-typing-by-people-with-paralysis.html

Lambert T. 2018. A brief history of communication. Available from http://www.localhistories.org/communications.html 

 

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