Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Paul lifted up a leg to the window and wiggled the toes inside the boot. He bent the other knee and also rested it against the window. Every feeling, every sensation told him that this body was his. But, in fact, his brain was several miles away, transmitting thoughts to Wei’s body remotely thanks to a chip implanted in his brain. A chip in her brain transmitted Wei’s reactions back to Paul. The chips worked in reverse as well. Wei was still technically here in her own body, but he brain was submitting thoughts to Paul’s body with his body sending the signals back to her brain. It sure felt like they had switched bodies even though technically they hadn’t. That was the appeal of the experiment for both Paul and Wei, who were both philosophy students. The biotech department of their college had been looking for volunteers to test their device over the summer. Few showed up, but for Paul and Wei, the implications of the test extended well beyond simple science.