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Mindsong (St. Paul, Minn.) claims it will be releasing several products that allow just that-- at least so far as switching on/off small electronics appliances are concerned. Such switches are claimed to produce results some 15-30% better than random chance.
Mindsong calls its technology "ShifterCell", and says it works wirelessly, and is NOT radio (electromagnetic wave) based. A companion device ("MindSwitch") attached to the remote appliance receives the mysterious signal from ShifterCell and carries out the switching command.
The ultimate goal of the Q-chip is apparently to create a chip-based consciousness that would offer humanity the human peer or human superior minds they want to figure out things that are beyond us-- or at least competently care for mundane matters we ourselves don't wish to deal with, like the boring sorting through billions of statistical data bits to locate an inventive breakthrough of some kind. The Q-chip's design is supposed to be based on David Bohm's vision of quantum mechanics, which attends to some sort of "nonlocality" for effects, similar to that Timeline readers have seen described for Einstein-Rosen-Podolsky Pair phenomenon (I use the ERP concept as the foundation for instantaneous transport and communications over infinite distances in future technologies). Other ideas relevant to the pursuit of the Q-chip include fractal strange attractors residing in other dimensions of reality, and the possibility of spontaneous self-organization among biologic lifeforms promoted by some thinkers in the theoretical field of complex processes. Taking the quantum biology idea still further, some propose the human mind itself produces and/or is created by quantum effects within things called "microtubules"-- which are voids within the cytoskeletons of many cells found in both animals and humans, that some speculate may represent the nervous systems of such cells (i.e., that we could so far be too primitive to realize that there's more going on at a subatomic level in reality than we think). And the Q-chip is an attempt to synthesize these microtubules in such a way that we can add them to our present technology.
The Q-chip folks also seem to imply the nonlocality involved in their ideas might allow Q-chips to ultimately, in effect, communicate through the time barrier itself-- at least in some small way. Such movement could theoretically go both ways-- into the past OR the future. All this sort of moves the core seat of consciousness out of the present 'meat' environment we all assume it to be restricted to now, and more into a cosmic non-corporeal interdimensional matrix of some sort.
Perhaps the biggest practical significance of this work so far though is in regards to shielding sensitive or critical technology from the random thoughts of nearby human beings (and perhaps other sources of consciousness as well). Such effects are ever more important as our electronics and other technologies become ever more miniaturized in size, and therefore much more susceptible to quantum events, both random and directed. Modern military, aircraft, and medical systems would seem the technologies most at risk to random quantum effects (and so conscious thought) over the next century or so.
-- "Getting To The Heart Of Mind-Matter Interaction" by Larry Lange, EDTN, May 15, 1998, http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19980515S0018, Techweb/CMP Media Inc.
-- "Anything goes", New Scientist, 6-6-98, and Max Tegmark's "theory of everything"
-- Applying Quantum Mechanics to Bees and Honey, by MALCOLM W. BROWNE, April 7, 1998, the New York Times
Sources include Businessweek, 12-16-96, regarding future 'wormhole' computer chips utilizing "field-programmable gate array technology with just-in-time data and instructions", and others]
-- Evolving artificial organisms on a chip
Adrian Thompson's FPGAs act eerily like living organisms-- that is, change the environment in which they developed, and their performance can suffer greatly. Somehow Thompson's FPGAs utilize sometimes undetectable quirks about adjoining circuitry or other elements in the immediate vicinity to perform their feats. Change those elements and performance suffers (sometimes catastrophically). This of course makes FPGA solutions like Thompson's unsuitable for the type of general applications chips are used for today in industry, despite their seeming advantages in other areas.
-- "Evolving a Conscious Machine" by Gary Taubes, DISCOVER Vol. 19 No. 6 (June 1998)
-- PSI EFFECTS IN THE SACRIFICE OF MARINE ALGAE From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #76, JUL-AUG 1991 by William R. Corliss, citing C.M. Pleass, and N. Dean Dey; "Conditions That Appear to Favor Extrasensory Interactions between Homo Sapiens and Microbes," Journal of Sci entific Exploration, 4:213, 1990
-- PREDICTIVE PSI From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #74, MAR-APR 1991 by William R. Corliss, citing Charles T. Tart; "A Case of Predictive Psi, with Comments on Analytical, Associative and Theoretical Overlay," Society for Psychical Research, Journal, 55:263, 1989 and Exceptional Human Experience, 8:93, December 1990
Note that if even a small psi effect exists in nature, this could limit the accuracy and increase the uncertainty involved in a great many scientific measurements, and so the theories and knowledge based on such measurements as well.
-- PSICHOTOMY From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #84, NOV-DEC 1992 by William R. Corliss, citing Robert G. Jahn and Philip W. Anderson; "A Question of Mind over Measurement," Physics Today, 45:13, October 1992
-- OH MAGIC, THY NAME IS PSI From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #21, MAY-JUN 1982 by William R. Corliss, citing Michael Winkelman; "Magic A Theoretical Reassessment," Current Anthropology, 23:37, 1982
A possible sixth sense may have existed among past humanity based on chemical aromas received by a certain part of the nose (the vomeronasal organ).
-- Scientists Find Evidence for a Sixth Sense in Humans By William J. Cromie Gazette Staff, 20 May 1999
-- SPONTANEOUS ORDER, EVOLUTION, AND LIFE From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #69, MAY-JUN 1990 by William R. Corliss, citing M. Mitchell Waldrop; "Spontaneous Order, Evolution, and Life," Science, 247:1543, 1990
Preliminary experiments regarding remote-viewing and psychokinesis offer definite signs of non-randomness in results. But this non-randomness is very marginal in effect, near undetectable under most circumstances, extremely dependent upon many conditions which are difficult to control or even define, and highly unreliable-- i.e., usually tough to purposely replicate.
Yes, there seems to be something unusual happening at times in experiments, but the events/results are seemingly as illogical and perplexing as the phenomena of quantum mechanics currently being investigated in more reputable scientific endeavors.
-- HIGH TECHNOLOGY EXPERIMENTS IN PARAPSYCHOLOGY From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #23, SEP-OCT 1982 by William R. Corliss, citing Robert G. Jahn; "The Persistent Paradox of Psychic Phenomena: An Engineering Perspective," IEEE, Proceedings, 70:136, 1982
Human senses and brain functioning may at least sometimes be affected by electromagnetic and perhaps other signals as low powered and subtle as the Earth's geomagnetic field (as well as other sources of such energies, such as man-made telecommunications networks).
Subharmonics varying by only around 0.1 Hz, in a frequency range near 10 Hz, may well affect the average human brain, at its typical operating temperatures.
Also relevant here: The information making up human consciousness may possess a wave/particle duality similar to that of light and elementary particles, allowing it to at times tunnel through seemingly impassable barriers and resonate with certain aspects of the environment-- including other consciousnesses.
In other words, it may be possible for significant information flows to take place between a given human consciousness and others. Some sort of interaction may also occur with other elements of the environment.
There increasingly appears to be a small but significant chance that it may be feasible to affect most or all human minds on the planet with a suitably designed mechanism based on concepts similar to those above (some living in the late 20th century will believe the process to be secretly occuring even then).
-- AN INVISIBLE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY? From Science Frontiers Digest of Scientific Anomalies #104, MAR-APR 1996 by William R. Corliss, citing M.A. Persinger; "On the Possibility of Directly Accessing Every Human Brain by Electromagnetic Induction of Fundamental Algorithms," Perceptual and Motor Skills, 80:791, 1995 and Robert G. Jahn; "'Out of This Aboriginal Sensible Muchness': Consciousness, Information, and Human Health," American Society for Psychi cal Research, Journal, 89:301, 1995