@incrediBILL, I thought we were not supposed to discuss religion on Foo? Or are attacks on religion exempted?
I didn't discuss religion at all and had I digressed into specifics about one or the other I'd have removed my own post as I had some killer examples I could've used but didn't and just expressed my point in a broad sweeping generality withing with condoning nor condemning the practice, just acknowledging that it exists and works.
I discussed the type of mental control exerted by organized religion as an example which isn't a discussion of the religion whatsoever but the effects that can be achieved using peer pressure in a group environment and there are far fewer examples other than people that blindly follow leaders of despot regimes or what happened in Europe during the early decades of the last century.
If you could actually plug the thought directly into the brain as these researchers believe without using biological trucks that leave the matter up for debate it would certainly speed up the process and probably make more lasting results :)
I find the whole thing fascinating as we're well on our way to figuring out how to become the Borg collective the desktop computers were the stepping stone to cell phones, soon Google Glass, and the next step beyond ear buds and high tech contact lenses will be feeding data directly into the old noodle and you'll be shocked how many people will jump at the chance to become instantly smarter.
As many scientists and science fiction writers alike have theorized, humans themselves will be responsible for the next step in human evolution and based on what I'm seeing with the current level of technology paranoia we're probably going to split into two breeds as many will resist the cybernetic enhancements like some currently resist ATMs , online banking and cell phones.
I can tell you as a programmer I'd love to have access to all computer technical information at a mere thought. No searching, no reference books, no reading and researching, just everything I need to know when I need it at the forefront of my brain in real-time as needed. Of course I wouldn't want to get it way they did it in that article, yuk, but something less intrusive and electronic in nature would be appealing.
I suspect someday soon we'll actually get the proverbial 'thinking helmet' as an actual product, probably called iHat or Google Brain, with major corporations tapping directly into your frontal lobes.
Imagine the tracking cookies they'll leave there.