If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don't tell Intel researchers. Intel's Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020.
The scientists anticipate that consumers will adapt quickly to the idea, and indeed crave the freedom of not requiring a keyboard, mouse, or remote control for surfing the Web or changing channels. They also predict that people will tire of multi-touch devices such as our precious iPhones, Android smart phones and even Microsoft's wacky Surface Table.
Turning brain waves into real-world tech action still requires some heavy decoding of brain activity. The Intel team has already made use of fMRI brain scans to match brain patterns with similar thoughts across many test subjects.
Plenty of other researchers have also tinkered in this area. Toyota recently demoed a wheelchair controlled with brainwaves, and University of Utah researchers have created a wireless brain transmitter that allows monkeys to control robotic arms.
There are still more implications to creating a seamless brain interface, besides having more cyborgs running around. If scientists can translate brain waves into specific actions, there's no reason they could not create a virtual world with a full spectrum of activity tied to those brain waves. That's right -- we're seeing Matrix creep.
One step closer to instant porn
Dude instant porn has been around since like the late 80's early 90's
I know I'm going to come off sounding like a nerd, but whatever... this is nothing like the Matrix and everything like Ghost in the Shell (google it if you don't know what it is).
"I didn't mean to rob the bank officer, someone hacked my brain."
Hah thanks, that's a fair point about "Ghost in the Shell" and its emphasis on actual cyborgs. But I wouldn't say this has nothing to do with Matrix-like tech -- those brain interfaces would only work if there was some sort of tech translating brain activity into virtual world (Matrix) action.
i don't think so...
once i saw instant porn i was like XD is a wierd idea and for the lol it took me 5 mins to type this whats this website coming to "instant porn" jeez
"If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don't tell Intel researchers."
Um... I'm fairly certain this would kick royal ass... Who thinks it's creepy?
Also: Think of the medical appilcations of this. Now instead of asking "Where does it hurt?" and "On a scale from 1 to 10 how much does it hurt" We can do a simple med-scan and find out EXACTLY what is damaged.
this saves doctors from being forced to "Wait and see" what is going to happen with a patient.
I Love this idea.
This puts new meaning to the phrase "Intel inside."
Now I'm no conspiracy theorist but I don't necessarily want a company (nor the government) to even have the opportunity to track and monitor my actions. It may simply be too much for a greedy or opportunistic entity to refuse monitoring people. This device would be very hard to trust...
I like my privacy.
Heck, replace my whole brain and give me a super durable body. I would like to do a quatrillion calculations per nano second and live a quatrillion years.
....I'd be fine with hat.
Plus who wants those ugly implant scars...or to have major surgery?
I don't get how they can do a fMRI on somebody while they're thinking, and say these are the brainwaves responsible for that thought. Well if they do it like that it would have to be very individualized no? There's a lot of differences between people's brains and the way they think, and what about lefties?
Anyway I'm not too worried about the security issues, because the big companies are already tracking us, and I haven't felt any privacy issues yet. Honesty google already has so much information about me its scary. I mean, they know what I look at every day, they know what I read, the places I go to (if i ask for directions) the games I play, the subjects I'm interested in, the list goes on.
When the majority of people get this and even if they are being tracked ... the ones that don't get this are the ones government and corporations will be the most interested in. They'll ask, "What are they hiding?"
When it comes down to it, who cares if you are being tracked or not? There will be millions of people with it and you just becomes an anonymous blur among others. It's when you're doing something illegal or embarrassing is when you don't want to be tracked.
But seriously, technology is going to go faster in the coming decades. If you don't want it anymore, there's always Amish country. The pluses of technology outweigh the minuses. Think of life before cell phones, DVRs, GPS, and the Internet. Yes, we can get by without them, but they do make life easier ... and that's what we all want ... because we're lazy. ;)
Why does Intel wants to have this kind of innovative invention? It is no doubt that machines are slowly taking its course to overcome humans capabilities.
In some way it is quite alarming on putting a microchip in our brain is like manipulating what we are doing.
I'm not worried about the possibilities of being watched over. The only thing I really don't want to have to worry about is getting Norton's Anti-virus for my brain.
What I don't get is how do you control your own thoughts. I tend to think pretty erratically, and I wouldn't necessarily want a machine to follow all of those actions. Seems like it would be a pain to watch TV with more than one person. I sure wouldn't want a surgeon using this. What if a hot nurse walked by?
I'm surprised intel doesn't realize the implications this would have. Not only is there a legitimate possibility of some sort of mind control through hacking, but there are also insertion problems... This is ridiculously risky, and just plain stupid.
I agree with Kormiko - about the the intel phrase ...maybe the whole "intel inside," was planned years in advance. If you're human and chipped, you're no longer human, but become transhuman. This wave of thinking tends to not be a good trend. It is not we the people that want control, as much as those who create this technology, and they're hacking your brain right now, to join the bandwagon to get it implemented when these tech anomolies see fit.
The idea of replacing your brain with a computer chip at this point in time is dumb! It takes a massive super computer to imitate a cat's brain, where it makes a complete days worth of thoughts in a week. At best this would be like Chipping your pet, where you can scan your palm over a register and it knows your credit card info. It might be good for anti theft because it could work just in combination with your DNA.
Stupid ideal, why would anyone want to trust a bunch of nerds without any social skills to anticipate what consumers will adapt to?
Most people will not allow someone to put a foreign object in their brain let alone get a seasonal flu shot.
Intel is acting out just like the quote in Jurassic Park movie where the self-professed "chaotician" Dr. Ian Malcolm said “they were too busy thinking that they can instead of thinking if they should.”
I would welcome this advancement. To any who take Farenheight 451 seriously YOU ARE A FOOL. Throughout the last fifty years,solutions have be found for every piece of techno-wizardry. You counter hackers with hackers or with homomorphic algorithyms that are being developed as we speak. These algorithyms will constantly adjust to ANY changing situation (no, not AI). Don't freak out, things will be fine, not dark and gloomy as most ppl think linearly.
I think what they are really going for here is a universal remote to everything remotable stuck in your head.
Look at the light switch and think, and the light goes on or off.
Look at the TV and think, and navigate a channel guide menu or the volumn.
Look at the cell phone and think, and it dials scrolls through your calllist of people.
Of course, fighting over the remote is going to be interesting when everyone in the room has one.
Put a scan-chip in my hand to serve as my federal ID and access to my federal bank account that serves as my total assessts/debt account and obolish physical money and credit/debit cards.
Put a few more chips in my fingers so that I can type on any surface (or play piano for that matter).
Throw in some built in storage so I can't lose my USB drive.
I'm not even sure I've hit science fiction yet. Love the idea, but in a world where I still live on broadcast TV and dial-up internet, 2020 is much to ambitious - a lot like those "home of the future" displays fom the 50s.
We already have a giant chip in our homes, we call it television
It's hard to choose a side with this one. Seatellite makes a good point about potential medical benefits, but of course one shouldn't ignore potential ulterior motives. No one likes to seem like a conspiracy theorist, but the damage something like this could cause and the potential power someone could have over the public through this is unnerving.
Personally, for me, I would not have anything placed in my brain. If evolution saw fit that I didn't need it, so be it.
Also, does anyone realize how lazy the human race is. Are we honestly that lazy that we want to control things with our brains.... Bring on the "jabba the huts"...
if intel does this then that means that possibly everyone's brain patterns would have to link up somewhere at say a main pc/server etc.. which means if a person can control that then the retards who have these implants in their brains could be manipulated. PLZ INTEL GET THIS OUT ASAP!
Um, yeah, lets all be track-able at all times. and what will happen when the chip in my head gets hacked??
This is pretty interesting. Sure any privacy you have is eliminated, but I think its amazing. Just think of something and have it appear on a tiny contact computer screen. (I saw it on beyond tomorrow) which is pretty interesting. imagine having a live driving direction screen in your eye. with arrows pointing which way to turn. :D instant porn FTW
if it works i hope they fix the bugs.. if not it will give a whole new meaning to
"Blue Screen of Death"