As a sort of follow up to my last post, I thought it would be appropriate to do this next post on Cyclops’ son, Cable a.k.a. Nathan (Charles Christopher Dayspring Askani’son) Summers. Much like his full name, Cable’s history is somewhat ridiculous in its length and complexity. The offspring of Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor (a clone of Jean Grey), as an infant Cable, a powerful mutant telepath and telekinetic, was sent to a war-torn future to be treated for an infection from the Techno-Organic Virus by the immortal mutant Apocalypse. After being raised as the Askani’son, the one destined to kill Apocalypse, Nathan began to travel through time, eventually returning to what we know as the present. After more lengthy and complex shenanigans, Cable loses his telekinetic powers and replaces them by linking with the Dominus Objective, a secondary hard drive that acts like a virus that acts like a server. He is essentially able to replace his telepathy by connecting his brain to the entirety of the internet.
Personally, if I could have any superpower, I just might choose this one. The idea of being connected into the near infinity of the technological sphere at all times is certainly appealing. Luckily for me, researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison have created a brain-computer interface system that successfully allowed Adam Wilson, one of their biomedical engineering doctoral students to post a status update to Twitter just by thinking about it. His message, “using EEG to send tweet,” was conveyed through an interface consisting of a keyboard displayed on a computer screen. “The way this works is that all the letters come up, and each one of them flashes individually,” says Williams. “And what your brain does is, if you’re looking at the ‘R’ on the screen and all the other letters are flashing, nothing happens. But when the ‘R’ flashes, your brain says, ‘Hey, wait a minute. Something’s different about what I was just paying attention to.’ And you see a momentary change in brain activity.” The technology is intended to be the basis for a communication system for users whose bodies do not work, but whose brains function normally, i.e. people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), brain-stem stroke or high spinal cord injury. But hopefully someday the system could also be applied on a greater scale to access the entire internet from the comfort of your own mind.