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Cost-reduce and improve cochlear implant technology to the
point where everyone can have a wireless, public-key encrypted,
self-powered speaker in their ear canal. Develop PDAs, telephones,
pagers, cars, communicators, etc that use the technology and
eliminate this cacophony of pager beeps, cell
phone rings, and
watch chimes around us. Let your car whisper in your ear when
you left the lights on. Have your PDA read your mail to you, silently.
Develop a real-time voice recogition speech translator for it (call it
Babelfish?) If the fidelity can be improved, perhaps do it in
I suppose the Gibson-esque throat microphone would follow.
Combine the two with a walkie-talkie and you pretty much
have electronically-assisted telepathy. Talk to your friend
privately across the meeting table, or speak to a whole room
without a PA system.
||Be spammed as you walk or drive down the street. Small transmitters on billboards or hung from lightposts. 'Pirate' audio blasting into your ears from cheap and tiny electronics. Eek...
||Well, that's why you put public-key encryption on it. Maybe have
two channels, one that's always available, on your
public key, and a second that's open to the world, but has
a shutoff somewhere.
||I think Neal Stephenson's novel 'Diamond Age' makes a reference to visual cortex spamming.
||Fantastic idea. Speak to people clearly in loud clubs or bars. Shut off people you don't care to hear. The karaoke appliications alone are staggering.
||I think the other sort of telepathy is cheaper (but not as reliable).
||Please read this:
It concerns ad hoc networks and
ubiquitous computing implanted
in people. It is also funny. Corey
Doctorow wrote it. What I find
most interesting is the social
capital. dslreports has a kind of
social capital in their forums.
||Bernice! Bernice! Cleanup in aisle three! Bernice!