October Brainstorming Thread
Hey all. So I thought I'd start out another Brain Storming thread. I think maybe 4 times a year might be good for these. This time, I think the prompt could be Organizing.. like the Hierarchy and categorization of Grinds. Obviously, I'm just talking about how I personally think about these things. How do you think of them?
I think the domains of grinding are:
We can further analyze each domain. I think a tiered approach to the tech domain would look like this:
Level 0 Tech:
This includes wearables. Things that fall into this category include tDCS, Neuromuscular Stimulation, Binaural Beats, Light stimulation like Ganzfeld stimulators etc. The Northsense would fall squarely this category. I know the mount is transdermal but in all honesty it doesn't need to be. You could glue it to your forehead.
Level 1 Tech:
This category would include anything implanted subcutaneously that doesn't use power and which has a static function. So basically magnets, RFIDs, armor, etc.
Level 2 Tech:
Level two tech includes powered subcutaneous devices that don't interact with the nervous system or biological function in a way that provides direct feedback. The Northstar would be an example of this as would the Circadia.
Level 3 Tech:
Level three tech would include devices which interface with the body. So, any nervous system interfacing like the Utah array would be included in this category.
Level 4 Tech:
Level 4 tech would be powered implanted tech directly increasing functionality of the body or modifying functionality. So basically, an artificial heart, spinal stimulator, Deep brain stimuli via implanted electrodes. I would also include things like long term transdermal interfacing here.
Ok, so the question that matters.. why? Who cares about Cassox's idea of the Hierarchy of implants? Well, the reason I think we need to consider this approach is because each level has requirements that occur cumulatively and sequentially. And these requirements are what I think we need to focus on as a community. So let's look at these levels again.. but discuss them in terms of what we are missing.
Level 0 - Wearables and Externals:
Many many of us have experimented with this type of stuff. So where are the write ups? Where are the designs? Do they work or are they bullshit?
I propose a community projects page for the next version of the site. This could just be part of the wiki or whatever... Consider tDCS. There are like 1000 different designs available on the internet. People are all using slightly different designs.. voltages.. and different electrode placement. As a community, could we settle on an easy to build but versatile version of the tDSC? Because if we could.. then we could also come up with a standard data collection set. Instead of setting up some mass experiment people could build and play around with tDCS and add to the data as they do. We could re-calculate statistics periodically and try to determine optimal electrode placement for certain functions.
This same approach could be used for all kinds of externals projects. What about Binaural Beats? Is it bullshit? Is it effective for any of the stated purposes? What about aDCS? Or those wearable compass projects?
Also - this could be used to raise money for the community. Lets say we all worked together to make an awesome tDCS design. We could have the voltage variable up to 4uv or whatever. We make it function like an arbitrary signal generator so the signal is totally programmable. We could find the best electrodes etc. We write up a great page explaining exactly how to make and use this thing... and then we also offer it for sale at a fair price but one which is definitely higher then costs. We use the profit to first pay back investors with interest. Then, whoever took charge of the project could basically keep all further profit except for maybe a small cut which could go to community funding.
I'll tell you where this idea breaks down.. leadership. I don't personally have the time to do this. I have about 100 projects I want to work on already. In fact, the people who I know in the community well.. are all in the same boat. Which is why they so seldom post. How often do you hear from Rich Lee anymore? Or Tim Cannon? What about Ben Beezy? There are a lot of people that are doing really awesome stuff and never posting anything on the boards anymore... because they are too busy actually doing projects. The flip side of this is that the boards are full of people who are super interested but not actually doing much themselves. We need more people to step up and take leadership roles. You don't need a phd to lead. There is so much talent in this place but not enough chiefs. Tons of people are interested and capable but it just feels like everyone is waiting for someone to step up and take charge. So who's going to step up? We need people to lead and faciliate collaboration. We need these people to push projects to completion and to produce something out of them. It doesn't have to be a project page.. or profit for the site.. or any of my particular ideas. But seriously.. if you're interested then take on a project and do it.