By Mukul Sharma
Does telepathy exist? The majority of mainstream scientists believe that the paranormal acquisition of information concerning the thoughts, feelings or activity of another person is a lot of poppycock.
But it doesn't really matter because the majority of mainstream scientists also believe telepathy's going to exist in the future, thanks to technology.
According to one World Future Society forecast, wireless technology will be incorporated into our thought processing by 2030.
In the next 25 years, we'll learn how to augment our 100 trillion relatively slow inter-neuronal connections with high-speed virtual connections via nanorobotics.
This will allow us to greatly boost our pattern-recognition abilities, memories, and overall thinking capacity, as well as to directly interface with powerful forms of computer intelligence and with each other.
Which means we'll also be able to move beyond the brain's present performance capacity. Researchers have already demonstrated that with the help of wired implants it's possible for a person to move a cursor on a computer screen just by thinking about it.
How long before such developments become non-invasive and wireless and the inter-face involves two or more human beings communicating by thought alone?
Instead of telepathy, they're calling it "techlepathy" and, initially, first generation devices will be unidirectional.
That is, the neural patterns of unspoken words would be transmitted to the other person before receiving the other person's transmission in return, much like how walkie-talkies work.
Later, the pre-speech thought patterns themselves would be transmitted. Ultimately, the transference will become seamlessly bi-directional and would include other non-verbal signals such as consciousness and emotions.
By then it could also involve one or more persons or, indeed, as many as possible like an Internet of connected minds.
Some experts in fact believe techno-enabled telepathy will become the sole or at least the primary form of human communication in the future and everybody will make use of it for economic and social reasons once it becomes available to all.
Also, being technology driven and not some spooky psychic phenomenon, privacy issues would not be a problem as personal firewalls could be created to restrict any unwanted intrusion.
Yes, there'll be hackers going in-mind from time to time and mind-bloggers going openly public but, in general, techlepathy should be as safe as having a mobile phone inside one's head.