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Something like the noosphere of a vast, interconnected human consciousness might soon be with us.

Or maybe not, but watch out as amazing things come our way — mind-over-matter things that will make some of the Internet and Google wonders of today seem as outdated as my old, dusty Underwood typewriter.

I used to bang that clickety-clack instrument for a living. Now I keep it around to show off to grandchildren.

Are we getting there? Back in 2004, the Washington Post ran a story about a New York man wearing a cap of sensors that could pick up neuron signals that he used to transmit brain waves nudging a computer cursor wherever he wanted it to go. Others were accomplishing the same feat in other experiments, and in 2006, the New York Times told us about Matthew Nagle.

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Category: Science