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Practical Telepathy: The Science & Engineering of Mind-Reading

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From van Vogt's Slan to Willis's Crosstalk, telepathy has been a staple of science fiction. But what are the real world chances of reading another person's mind? With MRI & PET scans we can see what images a person is thinking of, with brain implants we can help the blind to see, and -- the way the science is going -- we are only a half-step away from direct mind-to-mind communication. Nothing to worry about here!

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Practical Telepathy: The Science & Engineering of Mind-Reading

  1. 1. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Practical Telepathy John Ashmead
  2. 2. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 You must remember this • A brief history of telepathy • Mind is what brain does • What is “telepathy”?
  3. 3. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 A brief history of Telepathy • Mentalism • Slan • Rhine • Side-band information
  4. 4. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Mentalism • Cartesian Dualism • Cotard’s Syndrome • What we are not conscious of is what is most important
  5. 5. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Slan • Like a broad band receiver • Tendrils (like antennae) • Scares neighbors
  6. 6. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Rhine & Zener cards
  7. 7. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Smile when you say that! • Micro expressions • Reflection of light from face • Is this telepathy?
  8. 8. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Mind is what brain does • Phrenology • Spike in the head • Neurology • The Penfield homonculus
  9. 9. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Things that go Bump in the Head • Phrenology • Steam-powered brains • One lobe/one function?
  10. 10. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Spike in the head • Iron bar rammed thru his head • Didn’t kill • But made a profound change in behavior
  11. 11. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Neurology • The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat • Savants • Strange correlations: lost colors, except green • Tourette’s
  12. 12. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Penfield’s Homunculus
  13. 13. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 what is “Telepathy”? • Extrasensory perception? • Or merely unexpected perception? whatis telepathy?
  14. 14. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Present • Telescopes into the mind • A Team of Rivals • Wide-open two way
  15. 15. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Telescopes into the Mind • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging • Electroencephalogram • Many others
  16. 16. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Functional MRI • Monitor oxygen flow to neurons • Let’s you see the dynamics • But a bit slow compared to speed of thought
  17. 17. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Electroencephalogram • Good time resolution • Poor space resolution • Inexpensive • Mobile
  18. 18. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Neuroimaging • CAT scans - 3D X-rays • PET scans - use positions — basically antimatter • TMS - trans-cranial magnetic stimulation • Good old fashioned electric probes — in operations for epilepsy • Cranial ultrasound — mostly for infants • …
  19. 19. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Team of Rivals • The impossible fast ball • Emergent consciousness • Advanced loopiness • Prediction machine • Thinking fast & slow
  20. 20. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 The impossibility of hitting a Fast ball • 400 ms to plate • 500 ms to plan response
  21. 21. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Emergent Consciousness • 100 billion neurons • 10000 synapses per neuron • Hunh?
  22. 22. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Advanced Loopiness • Self-modifying code • Turning oneself into a high performing robot • Robot is good
  23. 23. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Prediction machine • Realtime categorization • Preferably using automated learning
  24. 24. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Thinking fast & slow • Instinct • Reason • Reason gets a veto
  25. 25. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Wide Open Two Way • Reading thoughts • Prostheses • Chips in the brain • Video-taping dreams • Two way mind to mind communication
  26. 26. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Hawking/Reading Thoughts • Predictive • Latest version is monitoring his brain waves
  27. 27. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Sight for the Blind, movement for Paralyzed • BCI - Brain Computer Interface • Bypass nerve damage • Specific to patient
  28. 28. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Dream Video • Memories are not video • Can monitor, interpret, • and then recreate • But very specific • http:// gallantlab.org
  29. 29. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Rat Telepathy • One rat get the information • The other rat is connected by electrodes • And can use that information
  30. 30. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Mind the Gap • What doors does this open? • What could possibly go wrong? • How do we manage our minds?
  31. 31. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 What doors will this open? • Communication & Cooperation • Biofeedback • Theory of mind
  32. 32. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Communication & Cooperation • Augmented reality • Extended self • Communicating with “locked-in” people • New forms of cooperation
  33. 33. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Biofeedback
  34. 34. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Theory of mind • Imitation is the ultimate test • Is there a them there?
  35. 35. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 What could possibly go wrong? • Listening • The Knife of Letting Go • Crosstalk
  36. 36. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Listening • Inject carbon nanotubes into spinal cord • Sell tech to CIA • Agree to continuous monitoring • Plan to apply to all
  37. 37. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 • The Noise • Listening to your dog • Escaping your enemies?
  38. 38. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Crosstalk • EED - emotion sharing surgery • Sounds great • Complications ensue
  39. 39. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Mind Mgmt • The knowledge illusion • Trinity • 11 dimensions of the mind
  40. 40. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Knowledge illusion • We much less than we think we do • Extended minds • Doing this a bit better, going forwards
  41. 41. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Turning the mind inside out
  42. 42. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017
  43. 43. http://timeandquantummechanics.comPractical Telepathy/Philcon November 11th, 2017 Parting Thoughts • The Future of the Mind - Kaku • Thinking Fast & Slow - Hahnemann • Your brain is a time machine - Buonomano • Incognito - Eagleman • The Knowledge Illusion - Sloman & Fernbach

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