The tetrad of McLuhan’s Law allowed me to examine and illustrate the Brain Downloading technology from four angles (Laureate Education, 2014; Thornburg, 2013). I used the four angles: Retrieval, Reversal, Obsolescence and Enhancement to see the present value of the technology, how it developed and determined the future of the technology.
Elon University/Pew Internet Project (n.d.) stated, “…humans will be able to download information, images, memories, feelings and more to their brains by the year 2050.” Additionally, we should also be able to download selected information from our brains to our computers thus creating a “digital immortality.”
Enhancement: The technology creates a biological or organic connection to data/ memories and allows access to data anytime or anywhere.
Obsolescence: The technology makes flash drives and other hardware storage devices obsolete.
Retrieves: The technology uploads and downloads data from a brain-machine interface continuing the usage of cloud computing (Elon University/Pew Internet Project, n.d.).
Reversal: The technology could increase the threat of cyber security, loss of identity and privacy. Viruses, malware, and Trojans could be redesigned to infiltrate brain-machine interface.
Elon University/Pew Internet Project. (n.d.). Imagining the Internet: A History and forcast: Forward 150 timeline [Futeristic timeline]. Retrieved from http:/www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/predictions/forward150years.pdf.
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