Lauren Bayer

Student, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Woodmere, NY, United States

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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Uri, thanks for your contribution to the conversation. I don't know if we'd lost humanity - but I think the proper term is lose our individual identities and personalities. Unless you're saying that what defines humanity is each human's individuality. I think you bring up a good point about reading minds being comparable to cloning/growing a human. Both situations imply a sort of loss of the natural order, and involve a situation where one person gets to control the output of another. Very interesting comparison.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Danger, thank you for your contribution. I'm glad to hear that you agree with some of my predictions. I am curious if man will ever be able to read our minds, and I think that depends on the very nature of the brain. If our memories and thoughts are so contextual and rely heavily on biochemical processes, then maybe our memories will not be able to be stored on an external device. However, if we can figure out a way to represent our memories and thought processes in some concrete way then perhaps it is possible. If it would occur, I agree with you that the implications for humanity are profound, and I think it would completely change the nature of the human race. While most of the comments here have said it will affect it badly, maybe we can find ways in which this technology can enhance the human race. Maybe we'll discover how to use our minds in ways never before known, and like you said be able to keep representations of ourselves alive - that sounds a bit like living forever, which is kind of creepy - but you never know! The sci-fi movies that we've come to love and cherish, might not actually be so far from reality!
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Adriaan, thanks for your contribution to the conversation. I think you bring up an important point about the mind vs brain. Because science today still doesn't completely understand what our mind is and how we think, there are many different theories about it actually is. Perhaps the mind, is like as you say, connected to the "spiritual realm" and links the spiritual realm to the physical world. But perhaps there is something scientific about the brain. I believe that this is one of these topics where the concept of accepting the scientific method as a mode of discovering truth about our world really applies. If you don't accept science, then you're not bound to think that the mind is something scientific, and can give spiritual and other worldly explanations. Me personally, however, do accept the scientific method, and am not willing to say that the mind is part of the spiritual realm. In my humble opinion, as a scientist, I think that there is a biochemical process occurring inside our brains, but our human minds just don't understand how it works yet. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Osaze! thanks so much for sharing that ted talk with me - it was really interesting! I think it highlights just how powerful brain stimulation is, and show's how our level of functioning in day to day life is very dependent on the electrical activity of our brains. This in some ways, shows the importance of understanding the "language" of the brain as I stated earlier, and what all of its electrical signals means. If we understand the electrical signal completely, then I think in some ways the treatment of deep brain stimulation is even more powerful.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
HI Colleen, thanks for your contribution to the conversation! I agree with you that if people are aware of their surroundings - they can gain intuition about other people. i don't think that that's necessarily mind reading, as I was trying to explain to carolyn below, but rather think that that's us using our previous experiences to come to conclusions and judge the situation that we're in right now. The way we act is so dependent on our previous experiences, so I believe that having intuition about other people is really our brains comparing the present situation to others that we've seen in the past in order to come to some conclusion as to what that person could be doing.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Adam, thanks for you contribution to the conversation. Our minds and thought processes are extremely unique and it's probably almost impossible for any two people to have the exact thought processes, because it is so dependent upon context - see Mitch Smith's comment below for more about this. and I think you're right that if our minds could be backed up it might very well completely change the very nature of humans. This leads us to wonder, what exactly is our minds and is there really ever a way to concratize our minds?
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Mitch, thank you for your comment. I think you bring up a really important point about context when it comes to forming the circuitry of the brain. I always wondered, if it would ever be possible to have a person who already has dementia to become who they were and remember the past through some type of treatment that focuses on rebuilding the synaptic connections that were destroyed. But I think you're right in stating that that idea might never be possible. Every event that occurs in the world around us, and thus subsequently our personal memories, are so unique and rely on so many variables that the likelihood of ever recreating that memory is slim to none. On the other hand, science today still doesn't know exactly how memory works and is stored in our brains from a biochemical and electrical perspective. Perhaps with greater understanding, scientists could figure out a way to engineer the system for humanity?
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Arkady, thanks so much for your insightful comment. I think you bring up a good point about our ability to forget. I think that's probably a process that occurs in our brains and everyday life that often gets overlooked. While it is important for our everyday life to learn how to forget things, if we forget too much to the point that we don't remember who we are - then isn't that bad? I was thinking originally in the cases of people with dementia that don't remember very basic things about themselves to have this technology where if they know they are going to get alzheimers - we could allow the long term memory parts of the brain to be stored in some way or another so that they could recall those long term memories when they begin to forget them.. Obviously, if a memory is already in long term - they don't want to forget it. The short term memory, however, you're right in that it's probably not worth it to save.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi William, thank you for your comment. I think you make a very good point, that this kind of technology could be extremely powerful. Many important issues will come up - like the role of the government in our lives. personal privacy, man's control over his emotions, and free will. All important things to consider when designing any new technology. I think human society would have to find a way to use this technology in the best way possible so that humans remain "human" and have the ability to have levels of privacy, think for themselves etc.. while at the same time employing the technology to further benefit mankind. This not only applies to this kind of phenomenon - but really any new technology. For instance, with the progress of medicine , we not only have drugs that can cure diseases but also drugs that can kill people faster. It's up to humans to decide how they want to use it.
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Lauren Bayer
Posted over 1 year ago
Will mind-reading eventually become a reality and what are the implications for humanity?
Hi Fritzie, thanks for your comment! I really like the Harry Potter reference, and totally forgot about the whole pensive. I think that idea of putting thoughts into a pensive, is related to what I spoke about how one day being able to save our memory on a flash drive. And you bring up an interesting point about people already being able to insert memories into people's heads. This leads me to wonder - if we can already do this psychologically, then if we can do it electrically the effects of such kinds of treatments will probably be super strong! People might start to forget what's actually real and what's fake.