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Are Mentalists simply “brain hackers”?

Are Mentalists simply “brain hackers”?

Nicolas Kozakiewicz

Head of R&D and Innovation

After the Silicon’s Golden Age, during which the whole world was driven by the amazing and unexpected power electronic systems brought to humanity, a shift is foreseeable.

Just like fire, speech and science, humanity now cannot live without technology (electronic being the logical industry evolution). Yet, the electronics’ evolution has reached it limits, and we all know that technological leaps will not be able to sustain by themselves the population’s incredible (and probably frightening) hunger and expectation: we know Moore’s law has reached its end.

But just like science is watching over us by providing alternatives as we see the premises of the end of oil stocks, it also ensures we can hop to other “technologies”.

When the Digital Age came in binary (0 or 1), when Quantum promises qbits (0, 1 and everything in between), another interesting area, which depicts the world in G, A, T and C, gets more and more attention.

Using “nature”/biology in science is now becoming more that fiction, as researchers have recently increased storage capacity of DNA to an equivalent of 214-petabytes per gram. This is quite an improvement in comparison with today’s technologies.

But the comparison between IT and biology can easily be extended.

DNA represented the blueprint, the code of a living organism… just like a program is for a computer. There are bugs as well, viruses; it is really two similar environments to many extents.

So, if ill-intentioned individuals access IT software, change the code in order to modify the original behavior of the program, in order to often obey their will instead, we call them hackers.

When, on a television show, ill-intentioned persons access people’s subconscious (their programming in other words), in order to have them do whatever they feel like making them do, how does that differ from hackers?

Of course, we all have different “programing”, due to our different personas, education, upbringing and history, but some parts are definitely very much alike. And mentalists are trained to work on triggers we most often commonly have. That is the reason why some people are less vulnerable to these actions, because their inner construction differs from more common ones. It does not mean they are stronger in any way, it is just that their weaknesses are not the “usual” ones. So it takes a bit of studying from the mentalist to modify that “code”… just like a hacker would have to study a different version of a software which is, at first, resistant to classical manipulation.

As depicted in a previous post, education and machine learning are quite similar, DNA and software are quite connected, our main difference lies in the consciousness, the ability to dream, the notion of good and bad (even some AI supposedly tackles this)…. and the hardware itself.

I tend to think that a self-constructing, self-healing, energy-autonomous and self-obsoleting, with permanent backward compatibility and new features testing living entity is a creation above anything else…

… which could lead to further and broader fantastic discussions.