Biochips have existed since 1922, if you can believe that. Of course, they’ve improved a great deal since then, but the basic concept is similar. Mostly they were sensors for many decades. The future of biochips lies in implants, however. Implants to connect a brain to a body that no longer functions as it should. Basically the chip is there to relay signals, where the signal delivery system has been disrupted for some reason. Paralytics top the list of potential candidates here.
What I’m really looking forward to, though, is the day when information can be uploaded directly into our brains. Can you imagine the impact on your life if you suddenly had a PhD in neuroscience or experimental physics? Maybe you just want to learn to fly a helicopter, or a new language. Instant knowledge could be yours literally at the touch of a button.
As humans have evolved, our learning has increase at a geometric or exponential rate. Base knowledge is now there practically from the time we’re born, so we have that platform to jump off when we go to learn something new. Everything that has already been discovered builds onto that base. These are things we no longer have to discover for ourselves, because they’re known to the world. If you could learn everything there is to know, that already exists in the world to be known, you would have a very large platform to jump from.
One of the things that slows down scientific discoveries are the multiple disciplines usually involved in such things. One project can have many researchers from a wide variety of disciplines. Take the biochip, for example. It requires people knowledgeable in chemistry, electronics, biology, etc. There’s a little more to it than that, but I’m trying to keep this as short as possible. What this means, is that these people have to be able to talk to one another, and often have to explain how their end of things works, in order to make it possible for someone from another discipline to design something that will work within the proper parameters.
What would happen if that kind of communication were no longer necessary? If a person already understood everything that was required as a platform to jump from, they could do it all on their own, leaving the other scientists to do the same with other projects. Not only is the development of a project much faster that way, but then we also have many, many more projects on the go at the same time.
Still, I mostly just like the idea for personal reasons. I want to know pretty much everything. My compulsion to research things would have me scrambling for every upload I could lay my hands on. It’s that same compulsion that has me practically addicted to sites like Wikipedia. Information is power, so maybe I’m power mad. I don’t think so, since I have no interest in having power over anything really, but having knowledge, though, is a thing of beauty – and you get to drive people crazy with little tidbits of information they never wanted to hear in the first place.