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Monday 30 August 2021

A Penny For Your Thought!

This idiom, an innocuous way of enticing one to reveal his/her thoughts is about to lose its age-old charm in a way impossible to apprehend, appraise or avert.  This is happening at a time when we are subjected to Phishing, Hacking, Hijacking and Morphing, and are tracked through Smartphone cams without warning.

'Cutting edge technologies' have always been double-edged swords. The 'Speech-to-Text' feature in Smartphones, for example, added a new dimension to the way we communicate.  Now, close on its heels, comes a 'Thought-to-Text' programme with the noble intention of helping speech-impaired paralytic patients convey their thoughts.  Akin to a 'Thinking Cap', this wearable gadget automatically converts into readable text, any thought that normally precedes our utterances.  A marketable version may still be years away because of the difficulty in accessing thoughts without surgical implants.  But it is only a matter of time, before we fall directly on the second edge of this technological sword!   

What is grave, is the concept's all-pervasive ability to 'eavesdrop', and its potential to rip off the last and most sacred fig-leaf of our personal privacy.  Research studies put the number of thoughts occurring in a normal human brain at around 6000 in a day.  (Now, don't start counting! You might end up like those jokers in Akbar's court who asked Birbal “how many stars are there in the sky?”, and were told “as many as the hair on your heads!”). 

For the sake of sanity, decency, respect and relevance, we have so far been able to decide what to talk and what not to.  Credit it to our judgement, discretion or wisdom.  It has helped us preserve and promote our personal attributes and equations.

Imagine the consequences, if every wanted and unwanted thought is laid threadbare for others to read!

"Our thoughts are private to protect others not ourselves because people don't have the ability to handle what you really think about them."
-  Morena Baloyi 


  1. Well said Rajuda!
    I'll borrow another quote of Morena Baloyi "The more you say the more people know about you, make it a point that you say the most sense as little as possible"! Ha... but we all are in haste to exhibit our half-baked knowledge utterly misunderstanding it as wisdom. So, let us be little more silent in our thoughts and moreover restrict our speech. Else, others are waiting to put the 'thinking caps' on our heads to capture our thoughts for their own benefits. Beware, our words (spoken & written) are already in their custody and they are creating a huge data bank with that, maybe, against us!

  2. Thanks Partha Deb.
    Hope to see more such observations.

  3. Yes,Rajan,you are right.Cutting edge technologies have always been double-edged swords.
    It's a threat to privacy, ofcourse.
    It was a stuff of science fiction, but would be a reality in the near future. Read about a computer programme which converts brain activity into sounds and words.The better side is that it would help to
    communicate with
    paralytic and handicapped patients and even those in coma.

    Thanks,dear Rajan, for your narrative on varied interesting subjects..Keep on writing..
    Waiting for the next one..

    Warm regards,

    1. Thanks Johnson.
      The way Science is galloping recklessly, leading us to unknown territories, an Albert Einstein quote comes to mind:-
      “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

  4. Madhu.S8:51 am

    Confusing and frightening. Where is technology taking us? What is its purpose? Shouldn't there be a global ban on any secondary applications developed with motives to disrupt peace and stability.
    I read your post again and again. If ever this software sees the light of the day, the changes it will inflict on us will put to shame breakthrough technologies like Cloning, Human Head Transplants etc.

    Keep writing Rajuda. Your posts are informative and thought provoking.

    1. Yes Madhu, some sort of regulations are needed to stop these mindless attempts.
      Thanks. Hope to see you again

  5. Very scary. Luv ur blogs.👍👍

  6. Thank you Asha
    Encouraging words.

  7. Anonymous9:10 am

    Is this true or is it another conspiracy story? Difficult to believe, my buddy

    1. It is very much a reality.
      Check out the web for updates.

  8. Martin5:45 pm

    Mercedes Benz will soon launch an autonomous car which can be "Thought-controlled". A small head-gear will make the car respond to its driver's thoughts! Look out for the prototype expected to be showcased at the IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich.

    1. Yes Martin, I read that report. A full fledged product seems likely sooner than expected. Let us hope for the best.

      Thanks for your input. Hope to see you again.