Some days the future makes amazing leaps closer to the present.
Regular readers of The Multiverse know that along with writing Sci-fi novels I stay abreast (I love that word) of the latest news and developments in the “real-world” application of SCIENCE and particularly the advancements in areas such as ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ROBOTICS, and what is now known as TRANSHUMANISM, or the act of turning humans into the better known term: CYBORGS.
My sci-fi books Romy Malloy and Culver Bishop are heavy on the high tech, but techie type stuff leaks into my fantasy books too. Just look at The Plotters of Cantaera where a powerful group of angelic like beings control an entire planet using advanced (read “magical”) devices called “plots” and “the master sequence”... read more here.
My books predicted...
Control is a key topic in many of my stories. Romy wants to help Abbott in Brilliant Disguise to keep her dimension being held captive by criminals from Abbott’s dimension. In EVERY PURPOSE UNDER HEAVEN Culver realizes her work in building artificial nano-nerve technology will give immortality and unlimited power to the technocratic government.
Frightening concepts, but in the end these are just stories, right? This can’t happen here... right?
Today I read an article from CNN that at first blush seems like a light-hearted, flippant trek into one possible future where we are all happy and content to purchase the newest gadgets and live our lives out as mind numbed robots following whatever dictate the government/advertisers float in front of our eyes along the Cave Wall (read Plato’s Allegory of the Cave if you have no clue what I just said.)
Anyway, back to the CNN article (read it here). In summary, this article predicts that in the future Smart Phones will be chip implants in your head.
Of course, there are NO drawbacks to this. Nope. None. We will all gladly allow some twenty-something stoned out untrained clerk at the nearest Sprint Store of the future to stick a needle like device up our nose like Arnold did in TOTAL RECALL and shove a bulbous electronic consuming/RF transmitting/radiation radiating chip up there so that we can text/surf porn/watch Honey Boo Boo in our heads all to our hearts content.
It will be a BLAST to instantly “call” each other and connect with no wait time, almost like a HIVE mind thing. Fun, huh?
Well, near the end of the article, the writers admit that there might be ONE issue... just a little one though... trivial really.
The one “glitch” that MIGHT cause a rare FEW Smartphone Chip users some discomfort is the thing where “advertisers” commercials might accidentally “control” the users.
Hmm... by control, do they mean make me want to pee myself in public and then go buy Depends undergarments? Is that all?
Yea, probably not that simple. You know where my overly active imagination goes with this, right? My first thought is The Matrix.
Yea, no big deal. Just total control over your mind so that The Overlords can make you think you are somewhere other than where you really are, which is to say you are actually in an artificial cocoon of amniotic goo that keeps you alive just enough so that the machines can use you as a battery.
Based on where the world is headed these days, would that really be a bad thing?
The one cool thing I see in this is if they would actually let me live out the stories I write. I mean, living out the role of Peter Abbott in my Romy Malloy novel? Actually seeing what it would be like to live in a Virtual Multiverse? That would be awesome.
Alas, though, Star Trek probably nailed the way this will really turn out: “The Borg”.
But what the hell, right?
I guarantee that in 50 years there will be people at the Apple Store lining up DAYS in advance to be the first customer to receive the newest “Brain Phone Chip” implants.
Instant always on communication. Video straight to the brain. Real life virtual reality where the senses are treated to the WHOLE experience (and I DO mean the WHOLE experience).
Who cares if you happen to occasionally see a glitch where you receive constant irresistible 24/7 impulses to buy, buy, buy?
It’s all good.
Plato had no clue what wonders we can achieve now. Right?
... and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave...