There are an infinite number of possibilities with cybernetic characters, and every writer has their own version. The CBS series Intelligence (loosely based on John Dixon’s new release Phoenix Island) features a government agent with a neural implant that connects him to the global information grid. The new FOX series Almost Human pairs an enhanced cop with an android partner, and the long-running NBC comedy Chuck takes a more humorous approach.
And then there’s Descartes’ Discourse on the Method from 1638. Bet you didn’t know that Descartes wrote about cybernetics, did you? I wonder what he’d say about today’s tech options. “I post on FB; therefore I am” or “When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most retweeted.”
Okay, that train of thought might end up in a different blog post. But for now, here’s the second thing I would do,
IF I HAD A BRAIN IMPLANT….
I would match my music with my mood.
I like music. All kinds. For writing. For cleaning the kitchen. For driving through the massive amounts of construction and traffic near my home. The only trouble is that I’m not consistent with the style of music I want to hear at any given time. If I’m feeling tired, I might listen to upbeat dance music. If I’m in a deep frame of mind, I might appreciate some alternative rock like Flyleaf and Evanescence. Sometimes I use music to complement a mood, other times I use it to counteract one.
Clearly a brain implant would be helpful.
If I had a brain implant, it would analyze my neurological patterns and learn which types of music fit each of my many moods. Then it would sync to the correct playlist automatically. No more skipping songs on Pandora. No more flipping through the radio stations in the car, trying to land on the right one. My brain implant would just know.
Some research even suggests that music can treat and/or prevent depression, autism, stroke, Parkinson’s and other disorders. But let’s take it a step further: Imagine a brain implant programmed to detect neurological diseases early and adjust music therapy accordingly. Early disease detection and prevention? Sounds good to me. No medications. No annoying side-effects.
Just oh, you know… a tiny computer wired INTO YOUR BRAIN.
Would you do it?