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The wrist watch that you talk to in order to command your smart device is now available. Okay! And some say that in just a couple years we will be able to communicate with our smart devices without even needing a wrist device interpreter. We’ll do it directly with our brains.

Hmmmm, a hacker could go nuts thinking about that one.

Google engineers have been working on wearable devices that let you activate computer functions with minor body movements. My nose itches. If I scratch it mindlessly will it cause some function in my smart device to fire off?

While Google focuses on body-activated functions Samsung engineers are working on the mind linkage. They’re using principles that already make robotic arms function, with nerve impulses operating a prosthesis very elegantly. Samsung calls their initiative a Brain Computer Interface. So, while you wink or wiggle and cause your Google glasses to create some function in your computing I'm just thinking and doing something that's activating my computer-driven operations without moving.

Fact is, the Obama administration has launched a brain-mapping initiative. That will help researchers sift through the brain noise that now makes mind control too much of a cacophony to monitor.

And while we are on the subject let's go crazy and add all of the above to our whole-body-foray-array computing and imagine the not-so-distant future personal assistant robot who will be at our beck and call 24 by 7. Have I lived too long? Yes, I'll need help!

My great-grandmother walked behind a prairie schooner wagon loaded with family from California north to the Yakima Valley after the Indian Wars of the mid-1850's settled down. There was a stop-over near Wallula for a bout with diphtheria but the family survived and she became a pioneer and progressive hop grower. I grew up with her as well as my grandparents who were all hop growers in the Yakima Valley. I spent lazy summers listening to them relate their lives and stories to then current-events.

Then I think about the change we have already witnessed in this writer's one lifetime and know that change is accelerating exponentially.

My great-grandmother didn’t have to ponder—with today’s impetus—what to buy now and what to wait on while it develops further. But I do. The direct mind link to computing gets closer, the smart wrist watch goes on sale. And the dilemma is what to buy when.

Who wins in the market to sell new devices? Who, what, where and how soon? In my lifetime there will likely be these mind-link computing functions. Computing—as we understood it in the last of the last century—required a bigger learning curve. Soon it will require much less learning to negotiate. Heck, all I'll have to do is think about what I want the computing functions to do. I won't even have to reboot or even possibly reinstall Windows after the blue screen of death.

There’s all that hype about IPhone 6. How about IMind 1.0? Meanwhile, I’m happy enough with my antiquated laptop computer (it's an entire year old), which has an actual keyboard that I'm typing on right now.

IMind 1.0 will be updated automatically, frequently and safeguards will prevent hackers from reverse interfacing with my brain while I sleep. Right?


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