Xirrus: Wi-Fi as the conduit for mind control technology

Wearable devices are predicted to grow massively, and this form of personal ‘self-extension’ may drive the next wave of technology – perhaps even towards the science fiction territory of mind control, speculates Perry Correll, principal technologist at wireless network provider Xirrus

Xirrus: Wi-Fi as the conduit for mind control technology

As we sit in the wake of mass adoption of wearable technology, some are already looking ahead to the next evolution in personal technology usage. According to IDC analysts, worldwide wearable device shipments are set to grow 510.9% from 2014 to this year.

A recent survey conducted by the IEEE reported that mind control is set to be the technology of choice in 10 years’ time. Respondents cited they would most like the ability to lock and unlock doors, control appliances and turn lights on and off with just the power of their minds. To most, this discovery may seem ludicrous, unrealistic or just plain science fiction.

But, analysing this from socio-psychological perspective, these findings may demonstrate a natural progression in both technological capabilities and user expectations. Whilst mind control is a still a big leap away, society is already moving in this direction. One Swedish start-up embeds RFID chips into employees’ hands for identity verification to gain admittance into the building and to access other employee services.

With the mass adoption of smart devices demonstrating a pervasive ‘self-extension’ in everyday life, our psychological inclination to reach beyond our physical capacity, while also manipulating and interacting with our environment, looks set to spur the next wave of technology ownership. According to IDC, this wave is primed to explode almost exclusively as a result of the introduction of smart wrist-wear.

Growing trust and dependence on personal technology is paving the way towards a refined convergence of smart technology and our own innate capabilities. With the advent of mind control on the horizon, will the line between ownership and ‘self’ exist?

Our potential ability to control devices in a hands-free way using directives from our brainwaves marks integration with technology that transcends spatial boundaries and demonstrates true user mobility. But what does this ability mean for the infrastructure that must support it?

As the landscapes of corporate and consumer technology continue to converge, they are increasingly set to make strides in the not-so-distant future. This posited leap in technological and personal ability demands a Wi-Fi infrastructure that is prepared to anticipate and satisfy the relentlessly increasing demand for capacity and performance.

Wi-Fi is an integral tool in achieving our everyday tasks, and therefore facilitating the extension of our physical periphery. As the line between possession and self is blurred even further, will Wi-Fi become a major construct in psychological ownership? Is mind control a natural progression in our ever-increasing adoption of technology in the Internet of Things? Or is it still to mystifying to comprehend?

The acceptance of mind-controlled technology depends on an evolutionary shift in expectations. Not so long ago, it was stated that “there is a world market for maybe five computers.” We have made colossal leaps in technology adoption since then and this trend only looks to accelerate exponentially in the future. Therefore, it becomes ever more important to cease looking at the market for what it is, and start looking at the world for what it could become.

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