Tech from Singularity’s Children – Spex



I write about a lot of near-future tech in my Singularity’s Children books. One example are the Spex, a combination of neural interface and augmented reality (AR) head-up-display.

To get an idea what it will look like from the inside, check out this over-the-top; but probably—sadly—all too accurate video from Keiichi Matsuda.

I believe AR is going to be huge, but will only really take off when combined with at least enough neural interfacing to extract sub-vocalized speech from the brain (or perhaps from nerves in the throat). Nobody is going to want to wander around in public mumbling to Alexa or Siri and risking eavesdropping!

Of course, it’s only a short step from extracting superficial speech to full on brain-to-brain communication; aka telepathy.

And if this sounds a bit futuristic, there are already scientist able to extract and reconstruct the images the subjects are observing.

Recording dreams is coming! How crazy is that?!

For more, even more, if you have a spare half hour, check out this super interesting interview with Mary Lou Jepsen on Rod Reid’s ‘After On’ podcast.

What is Consciousness?


I recently published another essay on Medium.com.

I take some ideas from my SciFi novels on the nature of Consciousness and Reality and flesh them out to make them explicit. I do touch on some of this in Book Three, but in a novel, I didn’t want to slow down the story by digressing too much into philosophy.
Don’t worry, there are no spoilers!

Take a look and give me a clap or two if you enjoy it!

 

What is Consciousness?

“We have no idea what we, or YOU—the protagonists in our subjective lives—actually are.

This is not an exaggeration. Science currently has NO IDEA what Consciousness is; not even a plausible conjecture; NOTHING. This is a glaring gap in our epistemology when consciousness is the foundation of all meaning in the universe; which it must be, because without conscious experience what is ethics, hope, passion, and art? Would there be any meaning in a vast complex universe utterly devoid of anybody to experience it? Would there be any loss if such a Universe was destroyed? Or if a Billion were created and then destroyed in the blink of an eye?

 

Main Image: Kevin PhilippeAgua de Estrella