From Business 2.0’s Chris Taylor in “Surfing the Web with nothing but brainwaves”: “Controlling devices with the mind is just the beginning. Next, Wolf believes, is what he calls “network-enabled telepathy” - instant thought transfer. In other words, your thoughts will flow from your brain over the network right into someone else’s brain. If you think instant messaging is addictive, just wait for instant thinking.”
Too far-out to take seriously? According to Taylor, the technical ability to do this is not all that far off. But at what point does a technology evolve from feasible to affordable, accessible, and widespread? Think virtual reality.
Still, it gives one pause. The potential good from such a technology is enormous, especially for the incapacitated. But in our world, how do you control messaging in brain-to-brain transfers? Does the endgame for online communities become a single identity? Does the disconnect between the "jacked-in" and the rest of us become a chasm across which it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate at all?