[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B004ZLV4JG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UywapRmbL._SL160_.jpg” width=”88″] Facebook and Google+ are all about sharing our times and joys with the world, to paint the image of our lives or the personality of ourselves that we desire others to see. That is what Social Networking is about today; sharing the sights we enjoy in different locations, whether on vacations, outing with friends or overseas on a business trip. You can share videos of birthday parties, and your frolics with friends at the local bar recorded on iPhones and uploaded. However, that is just for today. What will the future bring?
Now, with research ongoing in the area of brain imaging, which allows technology to detect and decipher the brain’s visual experiences including in sleep (meaning not visual experiences through the eyes, but those resulting from it’s own process of dreaming), we will someday be able to capture our own dreams, then record and view them like a movie. We’ll also be able to upload those dreams onto the web for the world to see via our social network profiles. Others will come to know us for our dreams, literally.
Unfortunately, the technology to detect, decipher and record dreams does not exist today. The closest thing currently available to the public is that we can record what the brain interprets from viewing visuals, which can be deciphered and reconstituted into what we can recognize on a screen, like a movie. For now, it sounds like a great achievement, and no doubt it is, but it is no easy process, and a costly one at that, with little applicability to the common man on the street. Though this does not mean that capturing and recording dreams digitally is beyond the horizon. Then again, one must note admittedly, and unfortunately, that we are decades away from that becoming a reality, though that will still be within the natural lifespan reach of contemporary generations.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0316036137″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51acVo3vvIL._SL160_.jpg” width=”106″] There are certainly implications on the front of us viewing our own dreams consciously, as well as others getting to know us by those dream literally. The reason is simple; dreams do not lie. Dreams are a subconscious manifestation of what is deep inside our minds, reflecting our memories, thoughts, thought processes, perceptions, interpretations, perspectives, conscience and sentiments. Being able to share and view each others dreams on social networks would mean a better and more intimate understanding of each other.
Now, one may wonder, could the “dreams” shared online be created and fabricated in order to engineer the image a person desires for him or herself? What if technology is developed that indicates the authenticity of dreams, and that the recording is an actual dream that occurred in the mind of the person claiming it? In a virtual environment, it could able to draw information from brain sensors, so this sort of authenticity verification would likely be possible.
Apart from viewing dreams like we do movies, what if we could experience or live as part of those dreams? In a world of brainwave computing, such as a virtual reality environment, that could also be possible. In the future, perhaps I am done viewing a dream. Now I want to go in there, and experience it like the person who dreamed it would have, only, while I am still conscious. Or, perhaps I want to experience it as another person who dreamed of it, and interact with the dreamer, virtually, for an intimate understanding of that person’s mind, character and conscience. If this becomes possible, which it likely will once brain-imaging converges with brainwave computing, neurogaming technology and virtual reality, human relationships and how they are formed will be unprecedentedly redefined, as knowing another person will take on a new meaning.
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1118147820″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41koUSRcwoL._SL160_.jpg” width=”106″] It is very easy at this point in time for naysayers to dismiss everything presented herein as science fiction, fantasy, imagination or speculation. None of those naysayers would be any different from the naysayers who similarly dismissed space travel, satellite television, mobile phones, hands-free communication, sensor-operated automated toilet flush systems and space tourism. However, I would not blame them with regards to the form and level of technology described herein, due to the amount of fantasy built around it in the world of novels and entertainment. However, fortunately, it has become far more easier to quell and negate naysayers as such this day, thanks to avenues such as Google and academic journals, that have freely become available online. All you have to do is search, and you will find the scientific basis behind why a Futurist will tell you, that, “Yes, contemporary generations will be sharing dreams on Facebooks of tomorrow. Believe it.”
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