Do you think that it would be possible in the near future to acquire knowledge by the usage of brain implants?

I’m talking about implants that would automatically “upload” information to your brain.

If this were te case, you could learn tenths of thousands of words almost in an instant.

I’m interested in this subject, because it would mean that the hours that I employ learning languages eventually might become superfluous.

It’s an interesting concept. Maybe such things will be possible in future? Who knows…

But for language enthusiasts wouldn’t it kind of take the interest out of the whole language thing? Isn’t the process of learning the thing that we are actually enjoying at the end of the day?

When I first started seriously getting in to languages as a kid it was because I wanted to know what it would feel like to speak and think in a foreign language. However what I eventually found out (after some time living in Germany) is that it doesn’t darn well feel any different to speaking or thinking in English - it’s just that the words and the order they come are different! But at some intrinsic level, it’s the same experience. Maybe it’d be different for something totally exotic like Japanese - but I kind of doubt it.

So, if we could just ‘upload’ Arabic or Indonesian or whatever to our brains and achieve total fluency all at once…well…it’d just be like flicking over TV stations, wouldn’t it?

It might be useful for business people or diplomats, etc. But for language junkies it’d be taking away the fix! :slight_smile:

Answer: No, there will be no shortcuts except tweaks in the auto-translators. They will make it to where you don’t strictly HAVE to learn a language if you don’t want to speak it. We have already seen much improvement in them. However, what you mentioned, No.

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But for language enthusiasts wouldn’t it kind of take the interest out of the whole language thing? Isn’t the process of learning the thing that we are actually enjoying at the end of the day?

Not for me. I have made myself enjoy the learning process because currently the process is unavoidable if you want to speak a language well, so you might as well figure out how to enjoy it. But if I could just install languages into my brain without having to actually learn them, I’d do that in a heartbeat.

Yeah, I guess almost everyone would do that - for all major languages probably.

But I still say the whole thing would become kind of…I dunno…mundane. If everyone could speak every language, there’d be no snob value to languages, man! :stuck_out_tongue:

" there’d be no snob value to languages",plz don’t scare the french lol
on the other hand it could preserve many minor or less spoken languages from going extinct

May I know why do you think that kind of technology is not going to exist?

I’m wondering why you would ask such a question on a language learning website. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask a group of neuroscientists or open a discussion in a neuroscience forum?

Perhaps they could give a more precise answer, but this is the description of this subforum:

“Talk about language learning, talk about LingQ. Whatever you like.”

So, I wanted to talk about this.

For the same reason that I have no reason to believe they will make a warp (i.e. Star Trek) or hyperspace (Star Wars) drive. All such things are just in the realm of science fiction. The complexities are enormous and do not jive with what we presently know about the nature of how things work. Technology is not really advancing all that fast anymore anyway, and will not until we figure out a way to get past the limitations of the present silicone wafer - transistor technology that we have been using for many decades now. (There's a limit to how small we can make transistors, but the solution is photonic chips is an interesting article on an attempt to get technology moving again, but it is only still in development just on the theoretical side) Let’s say that they someday (with no evidence that they can) figure out a way to get us to just “know” all these words. That doesn’t make you able to speak them, to put them together coherently, or to keep you from forgetting them. The complications of the human brain are beyond enormous.


Also, the humanity would have to understand the brain on a higher level than we may be able to do.

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I was thinking a similar thing but not quite at the scale you are. I was thinking about advancements in translating technology. Sure, we’re going to get to a point one day that someone speaking to you in a language foreign to you will be translated by an earpiece you’re wearing into your language so you can understand them, and then reply in your language and it will be translated into their language by their earpiece so they can understand you.
BUT, this will be a sort of robotic, impersonal way of communicating. Real conversation has umms and errs, stuttering and tracing back thoughts, the meaning of a sentence isn’t always there until the end. There’s interrupting and unusual syntax sometimes, puns and idioms that no translator can come close to simulating.
Language is innately human. Nothing beats being able to speak to someone in their own language, unassisted.