Ok, so maybe the title of this post is a little off, or confusing. It’s a bit late for me anyways…While I was sitting here contemplating life and technology (such as I do often) I started thinking about how I interact with my machine. It was a deep conversation with myself, I questioned the possible reality of devices that pulse instruction to our minds. We already have devices such as eMotiv(http://www.emotiv.com/) which allow people (to some measure of degree) interact and control software with their thought. My question contemplated the aspect that if our mind can “emit” waves, surely its receptive to them as well. I honestly have not done much research on the subject. I am however interested stimulating the mind.
I then thought about the movie Lawn Mower Man, and how in that classic flick Job received tutelage (well more like instant instruction) by way of virtual training or virtual reality in some way. Job gained knowledge mainly by way of information shoved down his eye sockets (archaic symbols, looked occult-ish, perhaps Solomon talismans?). This, along with brain wave emission and reception, made me want to test how well I was able to convey thought, by typing, to the screen without looking at anything in particular.
I taught myself how to type, and my own instruction in the action never included ‘home row’ or any other finger to key assignment for that matter. As well, I also know that I’m not the best typist in the known universe. However, I did manage to keenly notice that my fingers, when not touching the keyboard, were generally hovering between them, which likely accounts for a large portion of typos in what I’m about to show you. I also noticed a huge urge to edit what I was typing, to proofread it, and correct it. For the first two paragraphs I kept my eyes closed, and the second two I put a black sweater over my head allowing me to keep my eyes open yet blind to the screen and my surroundings.
Without further ado here is the result of a few minutes typing exactly what came to mind…
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I am currently writing this with my eyes closed. This is because I taught myself to type and I am seeing whetheri am capable of producing quality text with my eyes closed. This is a brain experiemnt because I have no idea what i am looking at i am neither looking at the screen i am only typing what i am thinking at any given time. Its an interesting excercies because everything that i type hysrtcomes in at random. I am not trying to valuate how grwat of a typist I am but rather to see how fast i can type straight to the scre machine without looking at any hardwarew. I cam not starting to feel weriness in my hands as a result of not seeing anything which is an interesting account by far,. I am noticing that my finders generally rest between keys instead of directly over them. which probably acocunts for the many mistypes i have encountered thus far.
Ok so now instrad o javing my eues closed i am not wearing a shirt over my head to prevent me from seeing anything i cannot tell if my typing ha quality has increased or decreased byt I have found that i there are prodoun differences in the way i interact with the machine while my eyes are oopen. This is interesyint because bbefore i had to make an effort to not see the screen whereas now i am merely vlineded from seeing the screen in any produns way.O find this excerise exyreemely benficial to the wau I type, perhaps it isnt apparent now but the loinger i continue to practive this the better i am at conveying thoughts from my mind directly into the machine. I may not be able to see the scren but i feel like i am getting better at identifiing the keys without actually seeing the. This is extrememly difficult I estimate my tyoing speeds to be much slower than if i was looking at he screen but i asl know that i hegenerllay do not have the ability to put my thoughts down without looking for werrors. My mind wants to look at the screen and fix all my errors nbut i am withstanding the urge to do so to prevent mself
O suppose the real question is…how much do we actually look at what we are tyoping as we are typing and how it affects the outcome of our thoughts. How oftren so we revise and edit what we type to make sure its readable by others? Well this shirt is starting to make me stuffy so ill stop now.
I thought it rather amusing, but afterward felt more compelled and even more comfortable writing while I could see.