A Flash (Science) Fiction — Linking Minds
Who would have thought that it would have been a two-way street?
A white light shined above. Izanami sat on a metal bed, wearing only a hospital gown; connected to all sorts of wires and tubes.
“Ready nurse?” said Dr. Miho.
“Vitals are green. All is ready,” said the Nursebot.
Dr. Miho looked to her patient on the metal bed. They were the only two humans in the room; the other five were simply Nursebots. The automaton nurses stood ready for anything.
“Izanami, are you ready for this?” asked Dr. Miho.
“As ready as I will ever be.”
“Good. The nanobots are in your body and mind; once we turn them online, they will both relay your brains electrical impulses to the computer to read, and the computer can send instructions of how to create data in your mind! Are you ready to be the first human ever to be connected to have your mind uplinked to a machine?!”
“You’re a little too excited, doctor.”
“I can’t help myself! Think of the potential! To learn a new language, a new skill, a new anything! All it will take is a simple download! Anyway, we’ll start the uplink in: five, four, three, two, one.”
Izanami’s mind rang; not her ears, but her mind itself. First, all she focused on was her heart. Then her breathing. Then her consciousness. She felt, not all that different. She asked herself a question: what is the distance between the Earth and the moon? 384,400 kilometers. The number just popped into her mind – the answer came to her as naturally as the year of her birth. Next she asked herself: what year was her country founded? 660 B.C. Again, the answer came as smoothly as if she was simply recalling her name.
“How do you feel, Izanami?”
Time to try something new, she thought.
“I feel, great!” Izanami said in flawless German. “Better than I have in years,” she said in perfect French.
Dr. Miho broke out in laughter. She brimmed with infectious excitement!
“We did it! Soon, oh so soon, we can uplink all minds to the internet! We’ll create a Global Network were all minds can share with each other! Where empathy – real, genuine empathy – can be a reality! Ohhh!!! We have to test! We have to test! Nursebot! Give me the shot!”
The Nursebot walked over with an auto-syringe. Dr. Miho injected herself with the nanobots, waited for a few moments, and commanded the Nursebot to activate her body’s nanobots.
She froze as her mind went online. She experienced everything that Izanami did. Next came an experiment. Dr. Miho recalled her favorite childhood memory – playing in the woods near Kyoto – and thought about sending the memory to Izanami. Suddenly the memory entered Izanami’s mind. It felt foreign – but only because she knew it was foreign. In truth, Dr. Miho’s memory of playing in the woods felt as real as any of Izanami’s memories. She experienced it as if it were her own.
Izanami, in turn, sent her favorite memory – her saving a young American journalist named Adán during the war. It was a gruesome memory, but it was important to her. Since Dr. Miho was a medical doctor, she found it relatable. The two laughed, not at the memory itself – rather because they had done it: they had changed the world with the first brain-to-brain and brain-to-internet uplinks.
Soon, they expected, all minds would be uplinked; after all, it only took a shot. Alas, all would be fully educated, miscommunication a thing of the past, empathy shall be sovereign when one would know the pain of another – and thus, perhaps, a better world shall be created.
Dr. Miho and Izanami told the world of their newest breakthrough. A Nursebot live-streamed it to all people.
“We have done it! We now instantly know all that the internet knows, we feel what the other feels, and we can even share memories with each other! I sent her my memory of saving a young man’s life during the war, and she sent me memories of playing in the woods! Isn’t that right, Izanami?” said Dr. Miho.
Izanami froze. Something didn’t sound quite right. Was playing in the woods her memory, or was it the other way around? She could no longer tell the difference.
For further information about brain-to-brain links, see this article from Live Science!