An Old Idea Becomes New? Akashic Records & Tech

Posted on May 1, 2008
Filed Under CSO, Future, Musings | 3 Comments

Someone mentioned to me at lunch last month a term I hadn’t heard – akashic. The wikipedia akashic definition has in it the following: “A theosophical term referring to a universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. The records are impressed on a subtle substance called akasha (or soniferous ether).

Stripping away the more mystical aspects, one could assume that the current path of technology is to create an actual akashic record of all events of our world – everything that can be recorded. Road traffic, transactions, conversations, and with microblogging all the rage… apparently every thought (as in, tweets on Twitter.com and updates on sites such as facebook.com and myspace.com).

What about recording thoughts from within the brain? Possible, as EEG (electroencephalography) and MEG have shown. And this development will continue to develop, as who would not want to control a computer – and thus other mechanical devices – with their brains, as shown in the video below about the Neurosky controller:

Assuming technology will evolve and refine thought-reading further, then it also will allow thought-recording. Initially it would be a stream of simple commands such as “move mouse up”.

But how about the future? Less than 40 years ago the large computers that filled an entire room contained less information than fits on a CD or on a memory card for a camera or mobile phone. Today’s personal computers are 100 times smaller, and 1000 times cheaper, and run laps around their ancestors in terms of speed & performance.

So by one stretch – and it is a stretch – the crude EEG game controllers of today will evolve in 20 or 30 years to devices that will read and extract our ideas and concepts. And there will be storage media to record this brain activity, and likely also record a 3-D representation of real events, continuously. These events would include human activity, and nature, weather, etc. While we may not be able to capture past events or the thoughts of someone like Shakespeare as he was writing, we have already started capturing this arguably permanent record of human consciousness.

Going back to the definition of akashic, it contains: “…adherents describe the existence of various akashic records (e.g., human, animal, plant, mineral, etc.) that in their summation encompass all possible knowledge.” There is a counter-balance in that “the akashic records have been rejected by the scientific community, due to a lack of any independently verifiable evidence.

Evidence lacking, that is, until the scientific community creates it. Or, actually, as we all create it.

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3 Responses to “An Old Idea Becomes New? Akashic Records & Tech”

  1. Kadidid on May 2nd, 2008 12:46 pm

    That is completely wild! What if you have not so nice thoughts that pops into your mind every once in a while..
    I am glad to be part of this tech centry though!

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