Your best friend’s beach view could be yours…and you don’t even have to get off the couch. (Photo: Thinkstock)
In today’s “we can’t believe this is actually happening” news, there could be a way to take a vacation—without leaving your home.
The brain behind this crazy idea is Dr. Michio Kaku, a United States physicist best known for his heady research about the universe and the cosmos. In his latest book, The Future of the Mind, out February 17, 2015, he reveals how people will be able to download other peoples’ memories into their brains to make it feel like they took a vacation themselves—even if the only travel they actually did was to their kitchen to crack open another beer.
The legend himself: Dr. Michio Kaku. (Photo: AP Photo/Even Agostini)
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So, how exactly can you cop someone else’s trip and call it your own? “First of all, someone goes on vacation before you, and pleasant memories such as walking on the seashore and picking up rocks are put on a disc. Then, they’re uploaded into your own mind; relax, and there you are at the beach,” Kaku told MailOnline.
It sounds absurd, but Kaku swears it’s really possible: “Feel the wind at your face, hear the sound of the waves, all the sensations—you’ll have a memory of a very nice walk on the beach in some exotic location, that’s what this person before you felt,” he continues.
The best part? You don’t even have to shower after your stroll. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Kaku’s futuristic view is one part of a much larger emerging body of science he refers to as the “Brain-net,” in which we will be able to read emotions as well as words.
“The Internet will be replaced by the ‘Brain-net,’ where you can convey emotions and memories rather than just text,” he predicts. And this craziness could take place sooner than you think: Kaku believes it’ll happen in the next 50 to 100 years. “These things are within the realms of possibility—it’s only a matter of time,” he says.
Kaku also has other big plans for the more distant future—the 22nd century—including telepathy, uploading skills into our brains, and controlling surrogate robots on alien worlds with our minds. Because, you know, that’s normal.
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In the meantime, though, it looks like we’re still stuck actually going on a vacation in order to go on vacation. It’s a rough life, but hey, someone’s gotta do it.