Thursday, 28 November 2013

Communication for the nation


It is the year 1990 and Tim Berners-Lee is set on a seraphic journey to the manger where his computer rests to gave birth to the world wide web - one which arguably rivalled that of Jesus himself. That very nativity opened the gate into heaven of alternative new communication between human and machine that has been fluctuating ever since. Today, practically every single one of our everyday objects can listen, change, manoeuvre and interact with us by means of sensors and the internet. However the synergy from human to human has also reformed into an expansive, ever-evolving entity - researchers Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco at the University of Washington claim to have developed a brain-to-brain interface which allows one person to transmit his thoughts through a rubber helmet covered in sensors (which somewhat resembles the inside of an octopus' tentacle) to the other individual's helmet which then jolts particular motor receptor, causing a corresponding muscle to move. As demand for efficiency grows and our spare time decreases, the future of communication will be dictated by our generation's current and future needs.

I therefore questioned members of our sprightly younger generation on how they prefer to interact today and what other mind boggling (and brain interfering) inventions we may have to look forward to. Fear not - the future may not be as dark, cold and detached as one may have predicted. Even though some of the more cynical suggest we might have a 'neuro-scanner' or 'chips implanted in our brains to create a synthetic telekinesis' and robots joining the party to take over daily tasks 'as the entire human race is becoming lazier and lazier'. Surprisingly, a lot of responses celebrate raw, natural communication - today it seems 'visual imagery is very effective' and 'good old body language and a smile. Possibly scent as it's an unconscious one'. 'Heightened level of body language' is certainly the desired imminent synergy, guess there's some emotions hiding behind the 'duck face' profile pics after all. Even though the opportunity for communication is enabled through technology, 'to build or develop and to sustain you need more than just an opportunity – you need a core. And the core of pretty much everything is based on relationships'.