The human civilization of the near future produces a technology that allows objective monitoring and adjustment of every aspect of higher nervous activity: emotion, trains of thought, thought disorders, thoughts, images and sensations, desires, fears, hallucinations, delusions, intellectual capacity, experience, beliefs, and truth or lies in an individual. Some trailblazers succeed in making the technology the common property of the civilization, forestalling attempts by isolated groups.
Psychiatry develops into a full-fledged discipline based on objective evidence. We have a clear understanding of when an individual is still sick and when he or she is no longer sick. This provides an impetus to development of new treatment techniques and revision of current ones. The world realizes just how different we all are, how different the speaker’s intended meaning may be from what addressees interpret it to be. It turns out that we, in fact, hardly understand one another despite remaining in constant contact on a daily basis. That realization is truly frightening at first.
But then we bounce off that bottom and, rebuilding our social environment with these newly discovered circumstances in mind: no more miscommunication between generations, within families, workforces, communities, nations or countries. Communication becomes fundamentally more efficient. The question of truth and guilt can now be answered definitively in daily life, in public administration, law, personal and all other relationships. Public figures are obliged to disclose their mental state at the time of making decisions. Religious figures, politicians, philosophers and activists can prove their ideas with their mental states.
Technology helps us to manage our own thoughts better by providing mental feedback, and our civilization becomes a civilization of demonstrated awareness. Humans realize what they really need, what they really want and what they are good at. Lifetime is now spent much more efficiently. Conflict management, mediation and psychiatry become effective, evidence-based applied disciplines. Technology provides for direct communication of mental states between humans—interpreters are no longer needed. Information is now recorded and distributed as a cohesive sensory-informational flow. Learning becomes relatively immediate and considers individuals' mental state characteristics and talents as the learners grow up.
Simultaneously, technology enables research into the mental worlds of many animals: apes, whales, dolphins and many others. Effective interspecific communication is born. A new field of law forms: animals rights and duties, or even the rights and duties of species. They become participants in the building of civilization. Protection of the environment gets a powerful new impetus. New horizons open up for research into the intelligence of lower organisms as well as supraspecific formations like the noosphere or neural networks of the future.
Mankind enters new era united, transparent and just.