Hybrid Thinking


My takeaway from this TED presentation is that one day we will have the opportunity/technology to have Google or some other internet search engine planted directly into our brain. In the context of videogame law and the scheme of the course, I have a couple questions and thoughts. Will the internet be able to track what I think? We all know that the internet tracks what we search and view now. But if there is a little internet search engine planted in our brains will the information we “search” be recorded? I would assume most likely not. But if we take “hybrid thinking” and incorporate gaming into the mix, what would the outcome be then? Say we strap ourselves into an Oculus Rift and link up with our “hybrid thinking” technology, following this we go on to play a seemingly real world game of candy crush. We run out of lives and then need to make an in-game purchase, and as we all know those purchase habits are being recorded. Wouldn’t that be considered monitoring and manipulating peoples thoughts?

One response to “Hybrid Thinking”

  1. Jon Festinger

    “Fascinating” as Mr. Spock would say.

    My first reaction is that that there is no such thing as a one-way pipe. If our brains can “dial out” to cloud-based computing systems to access additional intellectual horsepower, then of course there is a way for that external cloud based system to have access to our brains, potentially against our will.

    My second reaction was the irony implicit in our guest’s talk today – that we might one day be playing cloud based games with our by then cloud based brains.