Imagine a scenario in which our thoughts are so seamlessly connected with the internet that it constitutes a part of our mind; a situation in which mentally posing a question can automatically retrieve an answer from the world-wide web. Recent advances in technology and neuroscience, notably, the development of ‘mind reading’ devices make this a viable reality.
- How would cognitive capacities such as attention, memory, learning and problem solving be transformed?
- How would our communication and social interactions change?
- What would be the impact on our mental health?
- And taking the contents of the internet as a bono-fide part of the mind, what are the consequences for education, research, intellectual property and plagiarism?