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By 2030 it will be possible to track, record, and influence human thoughts with XR and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs), giving rise to privacy-focused regulation. Brain power will be used for decision-making rather than for memorization.

As we cultivate a deeper understanding of the brain and develop more advanced technology, we will likely also be able to translate our thoughts into input directly. People will have the ability to think of a virtual world or object and bring it to existence. This is a far more pure and streamlined input modality than writing or speaking since both of the former require abstraction of the pure thought into written or spoken form. Writing does a great job in helping us streamline our thoughts while crystalizing our ability to think, yet pure thought input will likely take this to another level.

As the industry continues to mature, and the adoption curve steepens, we’ll see a new sociopolitical landscape unlike anything in our past. Much like fire, VR technology has the power to enable strides in human advancement, while simultaneously having the potential to be wildly destructive and dangerous. Therefore, we must tread carefully and be deeply thoughtful about the virtual (and real) worlds we create.

Now let’s do a mental exercise: looking really far into the future, imagine having young kids who have cognitive capacity on par with Einstein, due to new and enhanced human-computer interfaces which provide the ability to immerse minds with ideas and experiences that would otherwise have been impossible. After an extended period of being immersed in a simulation designed to teach the theory of relativity, the student’s mind may fundamentally shift to comprehend the vast complexity of the subject with ease.

🤔 Can you foresee the impact of human minds being able to translate thoughts into real-life objects?

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