It was another normal day of traveling in the city. It was nice out; the sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Eric and his wife were walking around the city and popping their heads into the little trinket shops along their way.
They began crossing a street on their way back to their car, which was parked in a parking garage nearby, when a car runs a red light and barrels right for them. Eric quickly pushes his wife out of the way but not in enough time. The car still hits Eric and his wife. Eric gets the worst of the damage; the car only nicked his wife's ankles. She was then able to get up and rush to him to find him still breathing but badly injured.
Emergency medical services bring him to a nearby hospital and find that he is undergoing cardiac arrest. He remains alive but seemingly unresponsive for the foreseeable future. The emergency medical services tell Eric's wife that to get a better picture of Eric's prognosis, they would need her to consent to record Eric's brain responses to stimuli, since Eric seems comatose and cannot do so himself. Results show the medical team that Eric has conscious responses.
Eric's wife, Amy, is approached by a man in a suit carrying a cell phone in front of him. He hands her the phone without saying a word. "Hello?" She says hesitantly.
"Hello. I have been notified of the situation you and your husband are in and I am here to propose to you a solution." A man on the other end of the phone pauses.
"Who is this?" Amy asks.
"Oh my. Forgive my rudeness. I am with the VRC." He answers.
"VRC?" The woman asks.
"The Virtual Reality Corporation. You see, we have been working on new technologies for patients in a minimally conscious state. The man that handed you the phone is there to assist you in setting up said technology if you so choose to accept my offer. No payment as of right now. We are only testing the material." Amy looks at the man who handed her the phone and back at her husband in a hospital bed.
"Does he get a say in the matter?"
"Why of course he does. But in order to ask him, we have to set up the network. It should only take about twenty minutes. As I have heard, his brain is still fully functional; getting him to talk should be no problem ma'am." The mystery man assures Amy that Eric will be just fine.
"Okay. My only wish out of this is that I may speak to him again." She begins to tear up worried her husband may never come back.
"Of course you do. We will do everything we can to make that wish a reality. Hand the man the phone please." Amy does as the man says. "Set him up and hook the tablet up to the network so I can speak with him.
Eric's body and brain are connected to computers and medical equipment. A tablet is set on top of his bedside table on a stand where a screen shows a sort of application for the program.
Eric, still able to process and imagine thoughts and imagery, begins to detect “what seems like some fuzzy sounds”, like the sound that comes from older televisions. It becomes clearer like when tuning a radio. When the tuning is complete, he detects a voice. “Testing. Can you hear me?” He is able to converse with the individual by using his thoughts. Eric confirms that he can detect and asks the individual why he is trying to communicate with him. “I want to see if you and your wife are worthy.”
"Worthy of what?" Eric asks.
"Worthy of having a wish granted." the individual answers, as he proceeds to interrogate Eric for quite some time. Eric finds this entire part of the process very unpleasant and clearly uncomfortable.
Eric found that the time it takes for this one individual to respond is often much faster than a normal person. This one individual he interacts with seems to understand what Eric said before Eric responded. The individual seemed to know what Eric was trying to say before Eric said it, and the individual responded before Eric finished what Eric was saying. After being asked and told things so repetitively, as if the replies from the individual were a set of programmed replies, Eric asked if he was speaking to an AI or a human. The individual replied “Both.” Eric was thoroughly confused. In the meantime he settles for calling the individual The entity. He told Eric that he was not the first to go through this process. There were many others. The entity begins to tell Eric the information that was relayed to his wife before they started the test. When he finishes his explanation, most of Eric’s questions were answered.
The entity then proceeded to tell Eric that, for the time being, Eric can't function in the real world but his brain is still very much responsive, he will be placed in a simulated world to insure that he stays in good health until he can get out of his being in a minimally conscious state. The simulated world will function much like a virtual reality game but will look and feel like real life. “The computers that are connected to Eric’s body and brain” can send electric impulses to Eric’s brain’s somatosensory cortex to create the sensation of touch anywhere on Eric’s body. This is how the Simulation will feel like real life for Eric. The VRC made use of “knowledge and understanding of how Phantom Limb Syndrome works to trick a brain into false sensory” and had created more technology that is also for the purpose of enabling people to experience the Simulation as if living in the Simulation is almost like living in “real life while not in the Simulation”. The system isn't able to currently simulate the exact accurate physics of the physical universe that he currently breathes in but the VRC feels that the simulation is not disappointing especially if things like magic are added to a simulated world. Also, the future of "the physical universe that he currently breathes in" is unpredictable due to things like Alzheimer's disease, Dementia, and mutations. Things like these provide true randomness/entropy that makes the future unpredictable. Eric is informed that, with "the physical universe that he currently breathes in" as the basis preset, he is required to create, change, and/or keep any of the laws and rules, such as physics and/or magic, of the simulated universe that he will be living in. The laws and rules must be included in his application for the program.
The entity tells Eric that the Virtual Reality Corporation has been collecting data from all the people that it scans for games and simulations. "All voluntary of course." The entity reassures Eric. "It also has data from social media and various questions that it had asked all those people. Those people will be present in the simulated world as AI simulations that can interact with everything, including you, in the simulated worlds and simulated universes." Eric is told that he can copy rules and laws from others' existing simulated worlds/universes to create his own. He also tells Eric that he can even be placed in someone else's existing simulated world/universe instead of creating his own simulated world/universe. The entity concludes his questionnaire with certainty that Eric is worthy to undergo the simulator. "You can take as long as you need to complete the application.
An automated AI reads off the sections of the application for Eric to respond to and fill out. He is describing the visual effects he wants to see in his created world/universe when The entity pipes up. "All you need to do for this portion is imagine. I can visualize everything you picture."
Eric replies with surprise and anger, "You can see what I imagine too?! Isn't this a bit invasive?"
"Yes well... The application must be. The simulation is nothing like that. However, in order to create your world/universe we must get every last detail and sometimes verbal detail doesn't cut it." The entity goes silent once again.
"Wait if I do this, can I connect other people’s simulated worlds/universes to my own?" Eric asks The entity.
"Yes." The entity listens to Eric and the other AI as he completes his application. After some time, Eric is asked by the AI if he'd like to continue with the simulator.
He takes a moment to decide. "Yes." With that finalization, he finishes the application.
The Entity is someone who has a Brain Computer Interface (BCI) implant that helps said someone calculate extremely faster, has something like a conscious voice assistant (similar to device voice assistants such as smartphone voice assistants), living in said someone’s mind while it knows much of said someone’s brain/mind activity. Said someone can wirelessly connect to the computers that Eric is connected to and the BCI allows said someone to be connected to the internet and instantly have access to information on the internet. Said conscious voice assistant can use the Thought-to-text aspect of the BCI Technology that allows said conscious voice assistant to translate, into words, “from a person who has the BCI connected to their brain, the calculation of what that person (in this case, that person is the Entity, AKA said someone) wants to express” before said someone performs “the later part of said calculation that allows said someone to articulate, into mental words, what said someone wants to express”. Said someone is capable of instantly knowing the translations of such from those whose brains are connected to the computers that Eric is connected to due to those computers both “having access to” and “reading/translating their brain/mind activity. This is how the Entity can both know and respond to Eric before Eric even delivers, in speech form, the general idea of what he is trying to finish speaking.
Can you use technology to communicate with others by "what you imagine"?
Hypothesis: Everyone communicates with each other in the same reality. There is no imaginary reality that allows someone to interact with other people unless "someone" has "wireless technology that has wireless capabilities" that is in the head/brain of "another person" and "can be used to send electrical impulses to specific parts of 'that other person's' brain and/or can be used to trigger chemical reactions in specific parts of 'that other person's' brain," which causes "involuntary mental activity in the brain of "that other person", for example, communication in the form of "things imagined by that other person" "because" "someone" (the "someone" mentioned earlier) controls "wireless technology that has wireless capabilities" in the head/brain of "that other person"".
In the human brain, neurons release brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which produce these electrical signals in neighboring neurons. Electrical signals propagate like waves to thousands of neurons, leading to the formation of thoughts. One theory explains that thoughts are generated when/by the firing/discharging of neurons. Neurons are not thoughts per se, although neurons are necessary for the thought generation process. One could perhaps try to say that the "pattern/discharge" of neural firing/discharging is the physical form of thought.
The problem is that if neurons are not fired/discharged, there is no thought. That is, without the "firing/discharging neurons," thought does not exist. I haven't heard any theory to the contrary. If "someone" has a certain technology, such as a “wireless technology device with wireless capabilities” and it is located in the head/brain of "another person" and "it can be used to send specific patterns of neurons that are associated with specific thoughts” and “those specific patterns are known to be associated with those specific thoughts" and if those specific neural patterns are sent to the brain of "that person" and “those neurons fire/discharge”, "”then 'communication' can be done 'by only 'imagination'”, but only by using such technology (e.g. wireless 'technology' with wireless capabilities) that is inside the head/brain of 'that person')".
The analogy: we all see the same color red, but the way we see the same result (result = red) may perhaps be different.
If each person has a different way of thinking, their brain neurons can perhaps fire/discharge in different patterns, and “if the end result of these different patterns is the same, are these results recognized/understood by "all humans who are forced to achieve them" (if someone else's brain was introduced into your firing/discharging neural patterns, but those patterns are forced to occur in the brain of "that person")”?
"If the neural firing/discharging patterns of different people's brains" all have the same end result, this could mean that neural firing/discharging in these patterns "cause" all those different people to produce the same thought. According to my hypothesis, that end result (the thought) will be recognized/understood by those who are forced to perform the same neural firing/discharging pattern in their brains.
When something is experienced, the "action potential" of the sensory neuron is affected by an incoming signal. This input affects the entire neural network. Can these incoming signals trigger "these neurons" to fire/discharge in a pattern?
They can do this, and this is called "entrainment," in which field oscillations can entrain the firing/discharging of a group of neurons. In addition, some neurons are configured in such a way that they adopt a certain firing pattern according to their membrane potential, which can be independent of input.
Hypothesis: identical copies of "neuronal firing/discharging" and identical copies of their neural firing/discharging patterns (spatial location and all) = identical results in each different human brain.
- Mr. Jeffrey Robert Palin Jr.
"People having differing Perspectives can (but not always)" = "different but not unacceptable nor disdain-related"
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