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More fun than a barrel of neurally-linked monkeys?

Postby Braininvat on July 9th, 2015, 12:33 pm 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/14/scien ... melds.html

If Spock can meld with a rock ("No Kill I."), then this should be a snap. The ethical concerns, if this were to advance into human applications, would be enormous and thorny. Imagine group sports - a mind-melded soccer team (they already seem kind of that way, at the pro level) would be formidable.
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Re: More fun than a barrel of neurally-linked monkeys?

Postby Daktoria on July 10th, 2015, 7:24 pm 

The feasibility of this is really common sense. Anyone who's aware understands what it's like to have multiple strains of thought going on in the same time in their head, and how part of awareness involves balancing those strains. Yea, some strains are habitually preferred over others, and some are "louder" than others, but we all know how this works. Likewise, we have to balance in our own minds the ethical concerns of "silencing" some strains before others.

The idea of extending this to multiple heads isn't much of a surprise to be honest, and the ethical concerns would just be a reiteration of how we already think. In fact, we're already aware in our own minds of these reiterated ethical concerns as well because the multiple strains of thought we experience are subdivided into their own strains (even if we don't know whether these subdivisions continue to subdivide infinitely due to our limited attention spans available for introspection).
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Re: More fun than a barrel of neurally-linked monkeys?

Postby dandelion on June 7th, 2016, 12:07 pm 

I'd missed seeing this before. Really interesting, thanks.
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Re: More fun than a barrel of neurally-linked monkeys?

Postby zetreque on June 7th, 2016, 3:24 pm 

The beginnings of The Matrix? Except this would be making it easier for aliens to conquer us for our power cells after we are already built into the infrastructure.
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Re: More fun than a barrel of neurally-linked monkeys?

Postby dandelion on June 8th, 2016, 8:46 am 

I hadn't thought of such consequences!
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