Yesterday I passed along an article to a friend about bionic eye implants. He suffers from retinitis pigmentosa, a horrific disease that slowly takes away your sight and renders you blind. I guess that is why I never went into weapons development for a career, as something inside me knew the weapons of the future would be horrific things that would affect human senses more than limbs, and the long term would be simply devices to control people without them really having any clue what was going on.
So the second bionic eye went in. Much like the Emory brain implant in the 1990’s it is a rudimentary looking device that will change in size and capabilities in the next 20 years, but until the stem cell or other genetic meets biological solutions can be developed with an organic way to try to fix the eye – bionics will the be the first steps.
Today I have been working on trying to understand artificial intelligence of swarm behaviors with machines and humans. I guess watching the people at the elton john concert was for a bigger purpose than just mindlessly checking for white or orange wristbands.
People ask why didn’t you do full simulations or military. We always answered, “We never had the budgets to do that level of work. With entertainment you have a lot of leeway in that most of it is an illusion. You only had to do enough for the human mind to “think” something was actually there.
What we have is all the pieces available through our research and following what the government research for military applications has been. Sadly, space research has seemed to wane from government funded to the private market, so while a more nimble or rapid development trajectory can be had, the funds to do deep research are probably not there when president Kennedy said “we will go to the moon.”
I wonder where I can find a space in Switzerland for the next year to work all these ideas out beyond just the computer models? While man doesn’t need anything but time and silence to see “more, " the future and reality of instant gratification we are bombarded with each day, will probably need some filter to counteract the noise. I believe the future technologies can be blended into humanity to allow man to actually become a better human. It all doesn’t have to be weapons, fear, pride and control.
for now, we are all a bit blind. we each have literal blind spots in each eye where the optic nerve to allow us to actually see. what irony.