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Future D-F: Downloading Brain Recordings of Trips, Highs and Rushes

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  1. Waiting For The Fall
    Forget about Virtual Reality. Wait another 50+ years for the Real Deal. Scientists are working in laboratories all over the world getting closer to recording our brains. They say it's possible and they will do it. Once they can get past the point of inserting tiny wires into our brains to record memories, and tiny wires into the brains of those who wish to receive them, it won't be much longer before they develop skullcaps loaded with electrodes and be able to tap into us with ease and download others' experiences into our brains.

    It won't be just pulling pictures and long-term memories out. They say they will be able to record everything people experience in real time. Don't watch “Jackass” on MTV—live it! Once that is accomplished, there will be a new explosion of industries producing these and other memories to sell on the internet. They'll be able to create informational “implants” that may help people become smarter, or enjoy experiences they will never really have, otherwise.

    All you'll have to do is download whatever subjects you might like, then put on your skullcap and send them directly to your brain. If you're aspiring to be a professional, you might download “Medical School Overnight—Be the Next Doogie Howser.” If you like adventure, maybe it'll be, “A Novice Skier Tackles the Alps.” And men will finally know what it's really like by, “Delivering Twins with a Mid-Wife.” Don't like your life? Then download a new one.

    Of course some of these experiences might not be exactly mainstream. Porn sites will offer sex as never before. Imagine downloading a steamy sex session where you become one of the movie stars of the era. Be a male one time, and a female the next. Knowing how it feels to have sex by choosing to be the opposite gender could be enlightening.

    Another example could be what's in store for the future Drugs-Forum. By logging on and going to the D-F Memory Store, you could--for a small price--get the same feeling someone else has had without actually doing the drug yourself. You might find titles such as “Highlights of My 100th Acid Drop,” or “X—Rolling with the Pros.” You might even have “My Best Rushes with Red Phosphorous Meth.” There could also be a free section, which would be mostly people getting high on marijuana. You could find how one experiences every strain there is. Try before you buy. Not sure you want to IV a drug? Then let someone who does give you a feel for it.

    Some questionable materials might be, “My OD until I went into a coma and flat-lined,” or “Shooting black tar and having the longest nod ever.” Maybe you don't want to experience some things that could actually put you into a coma or put you into a near-endless sleep.

    So, when a newbie gets on a forum and asks what it's like to do a certain drug, it won't be too many decades until there are several members replying with links to their own experiences in the memory library. No dealers to deal with, no learning curve on how to use it (unless they download the tutorial for the drug), and being able to experience every drug without actually using it.

    For those people who spin their wheels chasing that “best” rush or high they ever got, if they were only lucky enough to have recorded the experience, all they'd have to do is replay its memory over and over again. It would be like living a drug-free life without ever waiting for your dealer to show up, and saving you money as well.

    There's only one problem I can think of: could you actually become addicted to a drug using your own or other people's recordings of trips, highs and rushes?

    My thanks to Dr. Michio Kaku for writing the book, “The Future of the Mind,” especially the chapter that started these musings: Memories and Thoughts Made to Order.

    Alfa: Even though it may not happen in our lifetimes, with the future D-F Memory Store, the forum may actually break even and make a profit.

    Author Bio

    Waiting For The Fall
    Was introduced to using meth later in life--maybe one for the record books! Drugs-Forum became a passion for me, writing about how meth affects people, helping people with questions about it or their use, with Harm Reduction always in mind.

    I no longer use meth, and as time has passed, have found other things to replace it--and the time I used to spend here. I try to check in on a daily basis to keep messages current.

Comments

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    What a terrific idea, and one I won't likely be around to enjoy, sorry to say.

    Wouldn't it be great if we could experience most any human experience just by plugging in, so to speak?

    Count me in, at least in my mind's eye.

    I do have to get around to reading that latest book of Dr. Kaku's. Thanks for sharing a taste of it with us.

    I wonder if one can become addicted to recorded trips or highs or rushes? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
  2. gonzochef
    Reminds me of the movie, Strange Days, where an experience (drugs, sex, etc) can be downloaded onto disc and then re-experienced by anyone. One of the obvious downsides would be a black market for especially heinous material, like kiddie porn and abuse, even "snuff" material where people can live the act of murder without doing it... Seems like an amazing technological feat, but with some definite downsides, too. Like anything, regulation would be necessary, and difficult. Even so, count me in. I'd love to keep an archive of my best trips/experiences to relive without having to risk damage to brain and body...
  3. Waiting For The Fall
    Ethicists. Those are the ones who put the brakes on new technology. They come from the sciences, government, journalists and conservative bodies. In vitro fertilization comes to mind. It was delayed by the ethicists, but now it is common. It simply took time to mete out the pluses and minuses. gonzochef lists some of the worst applications of our future technology. Once it is developed, it may be held up for decades, as people from all walks of life consider the best and worst and how it can be safe-proofed, what laws need to be set into place and myriad other angles. It may even be kept controlled by the government, for the government and only for the government in the interim. Eventually, all of these technologies will become available to all--for good and bad alike.
  4. scartissue_68
    The movie "Brainstorm" (1983), directed by Douglas Trumbull (Visual Effects for 2001) and staring Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood (Her Last Movie) speaks to this exact technology. It's deeply engaging on many levels and visually amazing, even by today's standards of the film-making art.

    The problem starts when Ellen Burstyn (Key Scientist developing the Brainstorm Device) has a heart attack and manages to record her death experience. Its a must see for all sci-fans and those that believe this technology should be developed.

    "Look at the Stars".
  5. Once.up.on.a.time
    Is this for real?? Scientists living today have the ability to implant false memories in to people's brains. And would people know the difference between "implanted" and "externally made/Real life" experiences?

    Is it instant recall or something of such name. A recent film whereby you could live forever in a dream. Say those who lost a life partner could go back and live with them in the dream.

    I have to say I'm sceptic to the ability of this. But hey it's pink, glittery with lots of rainbows and other fairies in my world :vibes: xxxx
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