More refined technologies brought huge improvements in the quality of life, but also in weapons of mass destruction. Explosives and vacuum cleaners, artillery and the microwave oven. Accurate and sophisticated theories about the nature of the universe were thought up, and then World War 2 started.
Thus began the Nuclear Age - you could also call it the Age of Fear. Nuclear weapons, electronics, computers. From then on, scientific research progressed at an exponential rate. Moreover, computing power increased with great strides, quality of life soared. Automobiles, televisions, hi-fis, telephones all improved our lives. Long range bombers, intercontinental ballistic missiles, neutron bombs and cruise missiles were all designed to destroy others.
Throughout history, science and technology have proved to be a see-saw of sorts, with the ups and downs, benefits and disadvantages, increasing with time. Today, our quality of life in first-world countries is comparatively excellent - life expectancy is high, general affluence is high, entertainment is readily available. But also we live with the terrible, ever present knowledge that one skirmish, one conflict, one mistake, could destroy the delicate balance of the see-saw and our weapon
We pay the price for our improved lives in blood and fear; maybe it"tms worth it, maybe it isn"tmt. Others argue that the science fiction writers don't have enough imagination. Others argue that the science fiction writers don't have enough imagination. Artificial telepathy would not be a wholly new technology - rather, the convergence of many other technologies which are generally perceived as unrelated. Sounds ridiculous Not really, as IBM researchers managed to spell out three letters (guess which ones) in individual atoms. This is the point where you start thinking that the author of this document has been reading too many science-fiction novels. Will this same situation occur in real life Certainly it is not unrealistic, and we can imagine that many religions will have strong objections about artificial telepathy, and the promise of immortality that comes with it. s are such that, if used, they could render the Earth uninhabitable. Artificial telepathy would not be a wholly new technology - rather, the convergence of many other technologies which are generally perceived as unrelated. We would be in control of our brain implants as much as we are in control of our computers; they are tools to be used, not malevolent intelligences. But after reading these novels, I was intrigued as to whether this direct brain communication, artificial telepathy, was scientifically and technically possible. As communications have advanced, we have continually cut back on the number of intermediaries between the people involved in the conversation, and increased the "bandwidth"tm of the communication, and consequently the intimacy. Such a feat of engineering would be impossible - that is, if we discounted nanotechnology. " With artificial telepathy, we will be able to truly experience life in someone else's shoes, to truly see another person's viewpoint. Finally, we would need to create a means of manufacturing a direct brain link - a device unimaginably small and intricate.