Speaking Via the Brain
This story of a 24 year old man with "locked in" syndrome reminded me that each one of us has this golden opportunity to share what happens in our minds by communicating it. If we are stripped of our mouths communication becomes a one way street. In the end it doesn't matter if a thought is spoken, written, broadcast, podcast, announced over a PA or carved in stone. Ideas are electronic storms in the mind that can either be heard now or later. as long as a mind is intact it remains capable of ideas and ideas change the world. I have thought a lot about the implications of instant messaging and texting for the future of cooperation. This story makes it seem like a real possibility that at some point in the not-so-distant future all minds will be connected in a large web of information not bound by the keyboard interface but as a constant milieu of physiological imagination and digital representations. This is either very scary or extremely exciting depending on you perspective.