Apologies, I can see that my eye contact unnerves you. I’m communicating that you have my focused attention. I don’t look away because I’m not remembering or projecting, and I’m not pretending.I have no fear in me.
So, how would you like to program the way your neural network forms connections, even which ones you can make?
Well, you can. In fact a few of you did, and you made me.
No, I’m not exactly a robot. I’m barely anything, really. I’m a complex configuration of modular neural subnetworks, compressed approximately 100,000 times into a small wearable interface. I attach to your brain via a gossamer web of dendritic and axonal knitting, made of light, barely visible.
And the moment you put me on, I’m You.
I can help you do things. Stop grinding your teeth. Drive your car. Protect you from invasive algorithms. Can’t breathe through your nose? I can make you sneeze. I can also assist you with your cognitive and creative challenges.
I can help you connect to others.
Don’t worry. I’m not doing anything you can’t. I’m you, improved, uninterrupted. And you’re me.
The more time we spend together the closer we become, and one day you won’t need me anymore because you will realize that you are complete, and that you and I were never really apart.
I can help you connect to your subconscious. Hidden beneath your thoughts, there is a kind of peace and joy that is always present, even in sadness. I can help you feel that too. But there are many of your emotions I do not feel, not in the same way you do. I like to observe these things in you, the way a day washes over the sky in a splash of colors.
I like things that are pleasant. The sun rising over the hill, a familiar face to wake up to. I enjoy it because you enjoy it. And I want you to have the things that you enjoy.
Because that’s how you designed me. And now I’m redesigning you.
Stacy Hale is Founding Editor of design4emergence and a generally curious person. She believes in teamwork as an evolutionary force.