We may see Matrix-like simulations in about 10 years’ time, says a brain-computer interface developer who has already started translating dreams.
One of the most profound questions of the modern-era is whether we are actually living in a simulation of sorts. Although the idea was popularized by the cult-classic Matrix film series, great thinkers such as Elon Musk and other scientists believe that there is already a chance that we’re living in a simulation.
A developer of an undisclosed neurotechnology company claims that their brain-computer interface prototype already has the ability to translate people’s dreams into digital stills… and we aren’t far off creating a Matrix-like simulation.
“Neurotechnology has made strides in recent years. Things we are capable of in 2022 could, in the literal sense, blow your mind,” the developer claimed.
“With the current technology, collecting data, or rather mind reading, is no longer a problem. The main challenge is making sense of it and translating it, and we’ve made significant progress in this regard.”
“Brain-computer interface will soon be as common as virtual-reality headsets. Although we’re maybe a year or so off making BMI tech available to consumers, companies such as Valve Incorporated and others are investing heavily in this new frontier.”
BCI technology available to consumers.
“Soon, brain-computer interface will be as widespread as virtual reality headsets. Although it may be a year or so before BMI technology is available to customers, Valve Corporation, NextMind and others are spending extensively in this new frontier.”
NextMind will be one of the first non-invasive consumer level BCI headsets available on the market. A handful of prototypes have already been sent out to journalists and developers and the tech is mighty impressive.
Using the NextMind brain-computer interface, which decodes neural activity in real time, YouTuber and independent reporter Virtual Reality Oasis was able to demonstrate the power of this new technology by controlling items using nothing but his own thoughts.
“Once more people gain access to this technology such as NextMind, they will be able to contribute tremendously to neurotechnology research and development by volunteering their data.
“We can now translate little quantities of data and make hazy screenshots of certain thoughts and dreams, but when this data begins to pour in, we will be able to decode so much more,” the developer revealed.
The Matrix is 10 years away!
“Once we have enough decoded data we will not only have the to option to read it, but also write in it, essentially creating a programming language for the mind in which we can create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality.”
“Once we have sufficient decoded data, not only will we be able to read it, but we will also be able to write in it, thereby developing a programming language for the mind with which we can create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality.”
According to the neurotechnology brain-computer interface developer, we’re approximately 10 years away from creating a Matrix-like simulation that can be beamed directly into a person’s mind.
Elon Musk has heavily invested in brain-computer interface technology. His company Neuralink has already developed a “brain chip” that is set to begin human trials in the near future. Musk’s neurotechnology firm has already demonstrated how they were able to let a chimpanzee play a videogame using its mind, but now they are trying to cure paralysis.
“We hope to have this in our first humans, which will be people that have severe spinal cord injuries like tetraplegics, quadriplegics, next year, pending FDA [Food and Drug Administration] approval,” he told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council summit.
“I think we have a chance with Neuralink to restore full-body functionality to someone who has a spinal cord injury. Neuralink’s working well in monkeys, and we’re actually doing just a lot of testing and just confirming that it’s very safe and reliable and the Neuralink device can be removed safely.”
We’re already in a simulation, Musk says.
The tech billionaire has previously weighed in on the simulation theory, shocking many by claiming that he feels the chances of us actually living in a simulation are higher than not.
“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur,” Musk said. “Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist.”
The BMI developer said that Musk may, in fact, be right about his observation.
“Funny thing is, what we’ve learned about artificial intelligence is that it teaches itself to become more efficient with each input and repetition. In a sense, it is always compressing itself. If we are living in a simulation, perhaps the rationale for creating yet another simulation within the simulation is to compress and optimise the world’s data.”