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Postby FictionMuse » Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:05 am

Our great grandchildren will have chips implanted in their brains. From these chips, they will control everything from cars to doors to refrigerators to printers.

Computers, phones, and CDs will be in museums, as will TVs and radios, because they will download, watch, listen, and communicate without the aid of any other device.

Many generations later, as their bodies adapt through evolution, our descendants will be born with slits to accommodate those chips (just as women will eventually be born without uteruses after babies are conceived and gestated in labs). All manner of cottage industries will accompany this trend.

And all manner of dangers. If someone can hack into your brain chip, they can control your brain, enslaving you without you realizing it.

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Re: brain chips

Postby gregoryhuber » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:46 am

This is your thought or its a passage from a book?

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Re: brain chips

Postby orbivillein » Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:44 am

Don't know of any real-world analogues for evolution to adapt to a foreign object. An opposite example might be a hand that evolved a strap for a sling, an atlatl, a hammer, a lance, a lasso, etc., and never did despite eons of such tool and weapons' uses. Instead, opposable thumbs evolved beforehand. Darwin did observe that only a few generations are needed for a minor evolutionary adaptation to fit a subspecies for survival to a new habitat -- the Darwin's finch.

Even in a fantasy science fiction sense, an impossibility made real within an invented milieu, that evolved chip slot could only be incidental trivia to how brain chips influence people's lives. Mind control, though, meets dramatic criteria.

Otherwise, instead of a slot itself, a survival fitness could evolve an organic-neural protection from mind control that goes awry, allows some or most to be hacked due to a condition set, say, overexposure to cellphone signals, a mutation that enhances neural sheath shields selected for selective brain wave transception, control and correspond with digital devices, and a retrovirus or other viral infection that inverts controllable shields from protection to enhanced receivers. Those afflicted could also be able to receive other electromagnetic radiation. Light, nuclear radiation, etc., would be unbearable; special shelter accommodations would be necessary.

From an opposite of acute flacid myeltis, or another myelitic affliction, an organic radiation shield evolves, sort of how melanin shields human dermis from ultraviolet light, and an enterovirus then corrupts myelitic shields.

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Re: brain chips

Postby kentagions » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:10 am

The pearl is a real-world adaptation to a foreign object caught in an oyster (and other bivalves).

For the purposes of equilibrium, crustaceans like crayfish and lobsters will incorporate a piece of sand or another small object, as a statolith, into their statocyst cavity with each molt. It allows them to sense up or down.

Most plant-eating birds swallow sand and stones for their ability to masticate food in the crop, a practice that has been going on for hundreds of millions of years (see, gastrolith).

Asimov in The Robots of Dawn has a planet of humans who are cybertronic organisms whose cybernetic portions grow with them as they age.

Right now, hearing and vision are being restored cybernetically. The interface with the brain is the key element of information exchange. Neuroplasticity allows for change under consistent, meaningful stimulation. If you can think it up, the brain can probably handle it.

The Ghost in the Shell mangas deal with hijacking, overwriting, slavery, etc.

I have been weighing whether I want to get into the whole mess because the necessary social ramifications behind the technology are vast and complex.

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Re: brain chips

Postby MattDovey » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:52 am

I don't think we'd ever evolve the slot for a brain chip because there'd be no evolutionary pressure to drive that change. Any change needs to be sexually advantageous in sufficient numbers over sufficient time (where both factors vary depending on the reproduction habits and lifespan of the species in question) to start influencing evolution. I can't see "hole in your head to allow easier one-time installation of a chip" ever giving that advantage--probably the opposite, to be honest, as I don't expect it would look particularly attractive.

Given the long lifespan of humans, too, with ~25 years between generations, and the generally short lifespan of any given technology, by the time a human population could adapt, the technology would have already moved on and become archaic, IMHO.
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