In the 1950s, Oscar Janiger, a psychiatrist interested in LSD’s effect on creativity, dosed more than 950 individuals with the drug in his LA home. He carefully wrote down each individual’s experience and concluded at the end of his experiment that LSD could affect individuals who were already creative but could not make noncreative individuals more creative.
He recognized that while LSD couldn’t inspire an individual who wasn’t creative to suddenly begin writing poetry or painting, it did provide creative individuals insights into their craft’s nature.
Another researcher who was immensely interested in LSD, a chemist by the name of Albert Hoffman, spent years trying to learn more about this psychedelic substance. His discovery of LSD is what drove the entire neuroscience field to conduct numerous studies on the drug. The thousands of studies that were carried out in the ’50s and early ’60s drove science in a new direction.
Later, in 1973, American psychologist Timothy Leary forecasted that one day the world would be connected by a new electronic nervous system. He believed that psychedelics could help the advancement of technology. Cyberpunks later considered his prophetic message to be an internet-inspired vision.
This ushered in Silicon Valley, which was looking to build a future that was digitally connected. Steve Jobs, one of the founders of Apple, attributes LSD trips to being some of the most important things in his life. He admitted to having consumed sugar cubes that were laced with LSD a dozen or so times between 1972–1974. He later co-founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976.
By now you may be asking yourself, “Did the computer revolution occur because of psychedelics?”
While many see Leary as the hippie-era cosmic clown, he did verify Janiger’s discovery that if individuals were critical thinkers, psychedelics could help them become more creative. The term “psychedelic,” which was coined in 1956 by psychiatrist Humphry Osmond, refers to “mind manifesting.” This would explain Leary’s knowledge on the human imagination having limitless potential for manifesting any idea, no matter how unconventional it was.
Various technological applications produced in Silicon Valley are a fruit of imagination, productivity-induced microdosing or both. One such application is Neuralink, a brain-machine interface that connects software with an individual’s thoughts. Even though it’s still in development, many are hopeful that this breakthrough invention could revolutionize various fields.
Another application has been developed through Cybin Inc. (NEO: CYBN) (OTC: CLXPF)’s partnership with Kernel, a firm of neuroscience tech makers. Their invention, an fMRI scanner, observes the activity of individuals’ brains when they are tripping. The partners hope that this consumer-grade device will become a household appliance by the 2030s.
There is still so much yet to be discovered with regard to psychedelics and how they influence technology. However, their promising potential indicates that great things lie ahead.
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