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Superhuman News 🤖 - Electro Magnetic Shock

Peter Joosten MSc.
Peter Joosten MSc.
Hey there,
How far would you go to give your concentration a boost? What about a supplement? Or maybe even an electrical pulse in your brain? Or rather just a cup of coffee. ;)
Every month, I write a future scenario to amaze, inspire, frighten, and make you think about the increasing role of technology in our lives.
In this month’s scenario, I explore stimulating your brain for more focus and productivity.
Enjoy reading!
Peter
PS. Let me know what you think of the scenario! It is my ambition to become better in writing future scenarios, so every bit of feedback is greatly appreciated!

Scenario: Electro Magnetic Shock ⚡️🧠
Olivia runs up the stairs from the subway. Her velvet bottle contains a coffee-to-go. The coffee was ready at the moment she wanted to leave her apartment. Synthetic coffee, made in a lab, with extra cognitive boosts such as Alpha-Gpc, Bacopa Monnieri and the recently discovered Theta Thiel.
This coffee tastes better than the old-fashioned drink. Due to the climate crisis, there are hardly any coffee plantations left. Old school bean coffee is therefore expensive. Oliva sometimes drinks it on special occasions, such as on her date last weekend. Drinking old-fashioned coffee applies to the sense of craftsmanship, history and status. It is not tastier.
She walks into the office. Axion Capital manages the assets of large pension funds and wealthy private investors. The company distinguishes itself from fully algorithmic traders, because of the combination of man and machine.
The Liviu Beta headband lies on her desk. The headband analyzes her cognitive and emotional state while acting. The aim is to recognize human biases and automatically adjust its stock market actions accordingly, while at the same time use the advantage of human intuition.
But the Beta goes even further. When the cognitive condition drops below a certain value, a subtle electrical pulse travels from her forehead to just behind her ears. ‘Qzzzz!’ It feels like she’s infused with a quadruple espresso.
The moment is not that strange, around 11 am. The New York Stock Exchange opens and the effect of her morning coffee begins to wear off. Olivia feels a slight tingling through her skull.
But this time it feels different. She feels a sense of restlessness in her lower abdomen. Normally, the intensity of the pulse would now decrease. Strange. In the reflection of one of the screens, she sees that in addition to the red light, the blue light on the headband is also flashing. Blue represents the magnetic module. Both modules should never be on at the same time.
She looks around. Rumor. She sees blue and red lights blinking on the headbands of all her colleagues. They look at each other, bewildered and worried. Silence. And then a loud scream.
The City in London
The City in London
In the writer's room
I wrote this short story as an assignment for the Clingendael Institute. In addition to Olivia, I have also written short stories about patient Dennie and fighter jet pilot Alison. Last month you read about Dennie. Next month I will share the story about Alison.
Olivia is not a patient. She uses her brain-computer interface (BCI) not medically, but for improvement. In the academic literature, this is referred to as human augmentation. In addition, the band not only reads her brain data, but it can also influence and stimulate her brain.
One of the questions that may come to mind when reading the scenario is whether it is desirable for the employer to have access to the brain data of its employees. What is Olivia’s privacy worth to her? Will she give up these neural signals to pursue a career?
The company uses the technology to optimize productivity. What does this mean for the intrinsic motivation and self-esteem of the wearers of the BCI?
Finally, hackers break into the system at Olivia and her colleagues. This reminds me of the degree of security of these systems, and also the setting of limits in the software and hardware to what height the electrical and magnetic stimulation can go.
My explainer about human augmentation.
My explainer about human augmentation.
Into the Rabbithole
Articles, books, podcasts, videos, documentaries and more on this theme:
1) I recommend the book I know your password by Daniël Verlaan to everyone, whether you are interested in information security or not. Technology journalist Verlaan makes difficult subjects, such as hackers, secret services and the dark web, very accessible. Note: some chapters are very intense, especially for me as a young father.
2) In this Wired article, Bruce Schneier, expert on privacy, cryptography, and information security, describes the future of autonomous hackers: artificial intelligence.
When AI’s start hacking, everything will change. They won’t be constrained in the same ways, or have the same limits, as people. They’ll change hacking’s speed, scale, and scope, at rates and magnitudes we’re not ready for.
3) Elliot Anderson (played by Rami Malek) is a brilliant, unstable and (substances) addictive hacker in Mr. Robot. Excellent series about hackers, their fight against large corporations and international economic interests, where nothing is as it seems.
Trailer of Mr. Robot season 1
Trailer of Mr. Robot season 1
Webinars & Keynotes
I give lectures (online and offline) about human augmentation, mega trends, technological developments, and health care innovation. These are upcoming events where I will give a talk or webinar, in Dutch or English. Great to see you there!
  • Keynote Plank Proudly Presents - May 2022
  • Keynote bdKo - June 2022
  • Keynote province Flevoland - June 2022
  • Keynote Verbindingsfestival Zwolle - July 2022
  • Webinar Digital Innovation in Mental Health - 19 July 2022 (English)
  • Keynote Biohacker Summit Amsterdam - 13 August 2022 (English)
  • Keynote Topsprekers Zorgonderwijsvernieuwers - November 2022
  • Keynote Unica Hengelo - t.b.a. 2022
At the end of March I gave a lecture at Studium Generale of the Eindhoven University of Technology on human augmentation. After an introduction by Team HART, I talked about brain-computer interfaces, stimulating the brain and improving the senses. It was cool to end my presentation with a discussion about the ethics of these developments with the audience.
At the end of March I gave a lecture at Studium Generale of the Eindhoven University of Technology on human augmentation. After an introduction by Team HART, I talked about brain-computer interfaces, stimulating the brain and improving the senses. It was cool to end my presentation with a discussion about the ethics of these developments with the audience.
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Till next month!
Till next month!
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Peter Joosten MSc.
Peter Joosten MSc. @SuperhumanTalks

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