Telepathic Superhumans Could Be Real By 2038
Ever wanted to read someone's thoughts? Wait two more decades and you might be able to
By Sean Keach / The Sun
Superhumans with the ability to communicate using just their brains could be walking the Earth within two decades.
That's according to a top surgeon who believes it's only a matter of time until our brains are connected to the internet.
Dr Eric Leuthardt of Washington University thinks that telepathy – or brain-to-brain communication – could be a reality.
"A true fluid neural integration is going to happen. It's just a matter of when," the neurosurgeon explained during an interview with MIT Technology Review.
"If it's 10 or 100 years in the grand scheme of things, it's a material development in the course of human history."
He explained that telepathy won't just mean chatting with our brains – but reading other people's minds too.
The easiest way to achieve this goal, he believes, is to keep shrinking down computers until we can fit a powerful one into our brains.
"At the pace at which technology changes, it's not inconceivable to think that in a 20-year time frame, everything in a cell phone could be put into a grain of rice," he said.
Leuthardt is already investigating the topic with computer scientists.
"What you really want is to be able to listen to the brain and talk to the brain in a way that the brain cannot distinguish from the way it communicates internally, and we can't do that right now.
"We really don't know how to do it at this point. But it's also obvious to me that it is going to happen.
"And if and when that happens, our lives are going to change, and our lives are going to change in a way that is completely unprecedented."
Part of the problem is finding a way to fund it.
"It's going to happen.
"This has the potential to alter the evolutionary direction of the human race."
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