Telepathy for everyone

The way we communicate is dramatically changing because of technology. Video, animated gifs, and emojis are examples of how our communication methods have already changed because of technology and people’s desire to be more expressive and communicate more quickly. I believe that other communication methods will be created as technology and behaviors continue to change. That's why I created Gesturish.

I think there will be an opportunity for people to acquire the ability to do something like telepathy. Wikipedia describes telepathy as the purported transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction. [].

In that description, it implies with some skepticism a supernatural ability, but computers have been giving us supernatural abilities for decades. Technology can provide us with this extra sensory channel, which could be useful for anyone to communicate with anyone else as well as robots (e.g. Alexa, add glue to my shopping list). This ability could be especially helpful to those with certain disabilities, like blindness or mobility impairment.

What would this look like? Gesturish is just the first step in creating a language that can by written and understood through haptics or touch.

To start, brush you finger across your wrist.That could be an “e” in Gesturish. Now brush your finger up and down. That could be a “n”. With a bit of practice, your body could receive and understand Gesturish messages as easily as you are reading this sentence now.

Similarly, we could come up with different micro body movements and possibly even thoughts to write messages. Stephen Hawking is already doing this.

Of course the learning curve to gain this extra sensory ability is too steep and value added too meager for most people to try this today. But in the future, there may be new technology, behaviors, and opportunities—as well as someone thoughtfully crafting the experience—to create enough value for this to become a common ability.

Apr. 25 2015