A few weeks ago, I came across a book called, “What If?” by Randall Munroe. It was sort of like a science textbook, with a bunch of absurd questions and scientific answers. When I first saw it, I thought, hey, this would be a great source of knowledge and would probably help me understand the nature of things better.
With that in mind, I started to read through it. Thing is, I really enjoy reading but only fiction, and therefore reading this book was almost an impossible task. After around 15 minutes of reading, I started to lose interest and decided to ditch the book. I still look back on it with regret; the information the book contained would be great to know— if only there was a way to get it into my head without actually having to spend hours reading.
And that’s how I got an idea of an invention. If I were to invent a piece of technology that would change the world, I would invent a machine that transfers knowledge from a book straight to a person’s brain.
It would look like a helmet with electrodes on the inside and something like a barcode scanner connected to it. Now, I’m neither an engineer nor a doctor, but here’s how I visualized it would work: the scanner would be used to fully scan a book, and using the high-tech in the helmet, it would summarize the information in it and convey it to the wearer’s mind. Just pretend we actually have the technology necessary to do that.
This would be helpful to a wide variety of people. People like me, who are unable to focus while reading a book but need the knowledge. Students who don’t want to read their whole textbooks but require the information to understand and pass the class. My non-Arabic speaking classmates would definitely benefit from this invention when they’re trying to study Arabic or memorize Quran. And finally, it would help people with certain disabilities. They would be able to gain the same knowledge that students their age are gaining, without a problem.
Like any invention, my ‘helmet’ would have some limitations. I imagine it would be costly to get access to it, and it would also take some time to scan a book and do the whole transferring process. While this invention does transport a book’s knowledge into a person’s mind, it doesn’t give them photographic memory and therefore they probably won’t be able to remember all of it for very long.
All in all, I seriously hope someone comes up with an invention like this sometime in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, I’ll have to somehow finish my book without dying of boredom.