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Controlling Computers With the Brain

kdawson posted more than 7 years ago | from the telepathic-smileys dept.

Biotech 253

Killam0n takes note of a story in CNN Money on progress in controlling computers via brainwaves. From an aspirin-sized implant a quadriplegic is now using to play computer games, the article extrapolates out to a near future in which we will all be wearing headband computers and IM'ing one another as if telepathically. "Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller. That may just sound like fun and games for the unfortunate, but really, it spells the beginning of a radical change in how we interact with computers — and business will never be the same. Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All work — emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches — will be performed by mind control."

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I'm not jacking in (3, Funny)

no_pets (881013) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402811)

Screw that! I'm not connecting my brain to the company network.

Re:I'm not jacking in (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402883)

but what about this...

Brain-reading technology is improving rapidly. Last year, Sony (Charts) took out a patent on a game system that beams data directly into the mind without implants. It uses a pulsed ultrasonic signal that induces sensory experiences such as smells, sounds and images.

Maybe the Sony fanboy's are right to be fanboy's... and I guess this leaves Microsoft in the dust yet again...

Tag: oldnews (1)

Xiph (723935) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403583)

this story is from july LAST year, please apply the tag "oldnews"

Re:I'm not jacking in (1)

crAckZ (1098479) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402885)

i agree. to much can go wrong. what would happen if something shorted out inside your head? you could loose the power of speech or worse. i see the great points but until it can be proven 100% flawless i dont know if it is worth the risks? then what if someone developed malicouse software to read the waves and installed it on a pc? the device has a backdoor that sends waves on a different wave and all your info is now someone elses. to many problems are around this. i do think it is great for those with disabilities like in the story. but for general public this is scary.

Re:I'm not jacking in (1)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402969)

...and for those who do, somebody better setup some clear definitions on where the corporate equipment ends and the privately owned "equipment" begins. Might bring new meaning to the phrase "the company owns my brain."

Then again, we're just talking about controlling computers directly from the mind (i.e. no mechanical interfaces), not directly reading/writing information from the mind...at least not yet.

You need an agent. (3, Interesting)

twitter (104583) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403107)

Screw that! I'm not connecting my brain to the company network.

Sooner or later, you won't have a choice. Things will have to be done and you won't be given another way to do it.

What you will want then is a trusted agent between you and the network. If you did not worry about your computer being run by free software that you can trust, you should start now. Now more than ever, what's yours should stay yours.

Re:You need an agent. (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403557)

Twitter, read "Reflections on Trusting Trust". Now. Free software doesn't provide full protection. Nothing does. In fact, we're all already brainwashed by humanity's very behavior. And we always have.

Re:I'm not jacking in (1)

InsaneProcessor (869563) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403123)

Don't even get me started on the opportunities this give the criminals. Spybots in your head? Viruses? Worms?

Re:I'm not jacking in (4, Funny)

brunascle (994197) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403285)

aaaaaaggghhhh everytime i look at my wife the goatse guy pops up in the corner of my vision

Re:I'm not jacking in (2, Funny)

Radres (776901) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403367)

That happens to you, too?

Re:I'm not jacking in (2, Insightful)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403167)

Meh. It depends on the interface. I'd use an EEG-style system, which noninvasively reads electrical impulses. I'll be damned if I'll let them implant anything, though. Even LASIK is still way too radical for me.

As far as effectiveness -- and it replacing a keyboard and mouse? Talk to me about bandwidth. Can I fly a plane (Flight Sim) better with mind control? Well, maybe. Can I type up a report faster and with fewer errors than using my Model M [wikipedia.org] ? Perhaps someday.

I think the bottom line is that they are making progress -- but then again, I remember getting a voice-controlled Verbot [theoldrobots.com] back in the day. It would do the correct command about 30% of the time, as I remember. Speech recognition has improved, but we're still by and large not dictating our compositions to our PCs, even with three orders of magnitude more memory and CPU speed. Somehow, I think mind-control will take just as much work.

Then again, I hope they prove me wrong. Just on the coolness factor alone.

Re:I'm not jacking in (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403267)

"All work -- emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches -- will be performed by mind control."

JUST GREAT!#!@#$!@ ... and you thought pop-ups were annoying NOW

Re:I'm not jacking in (1)

vertinox (846076) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403525)

Screw that! I'm not connecting my brain to the company network.

Oh come on chummer! It ain't that bad unless you tamper with the company's Black ICE!

Re:I'm not jacking in (1)

brian.gunderson (1012885) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403577)

Message from system process 'conscience' :

Intended action may not be moral.
Cancel / Allow ?

Really? (4, Funny)

east coast (590680) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402817)

Someday, keyboards and computer mice will be remembered only as medieval-style torture devices for the wrists. All work -- emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches -- will be performed by mind control.

You lazy bastards.

Re:Really? (1)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403153)

All work -- emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches -- will be performed by mind control

they're already performed by mind control... of your fingers!

computer use is the fine art of taking data stored in a chemical analog format (your brain) transferring it to an electronic digital format (your computer) via a mechanical method (typing).

Re:Really? (3, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403537)

Don't think of it as lazy. Think of it as freeing up a second hand to reach for the Kleenex.

Mind-controlled computers will last until... (4, Funny)

Half-pint HAL (718102) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402831)

Mind-controlled computers will last until all trained computer operators have been sacked for sending rude emails to the boss. Worst part? They won't even know they've done it.

Re:Mind-controlled computers will last until... (3, Funny)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403103)

Great, so now we can look forward to people unwittingly sending flaming or sexually harrassing emails in their sleep and not know it until they get called on it the next day.

What buzzword should develop for this phenomena?

Sleeptexting?

InSPAMnia?

Re:Mind-controlled computers will last until... (3, Insightful)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403191)

If we can determine what people are thinking, we can certainly determine whether they're in a fully conscious state while they're doing it. With proper precautions, I don't think that's an issue.

Re:Mind-controlled computers will last until... (1)

Radon360 (951529) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403457)

we can certainly determine whether they're in a fully conscious state while they're doing it

Except that I swear that there are quite a few people that aren't in a fully conscious state until after the third cup of coffee. Cool! That means a lot less incoming email until after 10am or so.

Re:Mind-controlled computers will last until... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403613)

Reminds me of this - applies particularly well to slashdot http://xkcd.com/c269.html [xkcd.com]

Re:Mind-controlled computers will last until... (1)

harry666t (1062422) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403639)

msg = me->newmessage();
if (me->sleeping() == true)
  msg.discard();

Goatse! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402839)

Everyone loves a good goatse! [goatse.cz]

Frosty piss?

The shocker (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402917)

Hmmmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402847)

Well this technology won't help the unfortunate post responses on Slashdot....because anyone who uses their brain doesn't post on here!!

That's old news. (1)

untaken_name (660789) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402881)

I have been using my mind to post for years now. My mind comes up with the content *and* tells my fingers how to get it on the screen. I have always said that I'm way ahead of my time.

In Soviet Russia... (-1, Offtopic)

drgonzo59 (747139) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402891)

The computer controls the brain.

/Sorry, had to get it out of the way....

Re:In Soviet Russia... (1)

FST (766202) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403013)

It's okay. The computer made you do it.

Re:In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403225)

In Soviet Russia? Hell, the Russian Federation is that now.. you must mean.. In Russian Federation...

Hmmm... (1)

HappySmileMan (1088123) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402893)

"Two years ago, a quadriplegic man started playing video games using his brain as a controller."


Where's my brain-controller... If that's not reverse-discrimination I don't know what is...

On topic, how exactly could this possibly work... You can think about doing something without actually doing it
What if the string "rm -rf /" popped into my head for some reason?

Re:Hmmm... (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403509)

What if the string "rm -rf /" popped into my head for some reason?
Don't think enter?

Re:Hmmm... (1)

lexarius (560925) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403539)

The brain is good at controlling things. Most people are able to think "rm -rf" without accidently saying it out loud or typing it into the keyboard they have their hands on. Try this: Think "Stand!" at your legs, as though you were trying to command them telepathically. This (probably) doesn't have any effect, because your legs aren't controlled by your "inner voice". Instead, you stand up by moving your legs in a particular fashion. With a properly calibrated neural interface (and training), the device would do things when you make it do things, not when you think commands at it. Unless perhaps you improperly calibrate it to do things when you think commands at it, which would probably not be a good idea.

Could we come up with articles a little older? (5, Informative)

smithbp (1002301) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402907)

This article is date July 24, 2006...I might be wrong, but this would make it a bit outdated and probably not worthy of being on the frontpage of /.

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402975)

Hey, at least there weren't any misspellings!!!

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (2, Insightful)

FlyByPC (841016) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403009)

Outdated? Slashdot?
You must be new here.

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (5, Funny)

Ohreally_factor (593551) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403231)

You're probably using the wrong metaphor for slashdot. Slashdot is like a wine cellar. This story is an amusing vintage with citrus-y overtones and an underlying note of distopia. Should go great with Salmon.

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (1)

uolamer (957159) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403251)

I doubt it would matter if it was dated in the 1990s as far as normal people being able to buy/use this. I would guess in 20 years this might be as far as Virtual reality has gotten in the last 20 years.... now if we could just combine the two.. throw in a feeding tube, etc etc..... We would all be stuck in the matrix.. or we would end up with "The 13th Floor" becoming a reality.. Seriously i cant want for the world to end, then i can take off my goggles and say i want my money back, the MMORPG i been playing the last 30 years sucked.

We did, twice (1)

Aeamarth (943939) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403259)

No, don't fool yourself, it has been in the frontpage at least TWICE since that date.

I would look it up for you but my computer is ignoring the orders given by my brain and is only showing pr0n...

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (2, Funny)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403287)

uh uh, kdawson had "thought of" posting it that week (using his brain-controlled-laptop), but somehow it slipped. Just like this was supposed to be a first post!

Re:Could we come up with articles a little older? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403321)

Not only was this article published in '06 but I can't count the number of times this exact tech has made /. front page. The work is being spear-headed by John Donoghue at Brown University (who is also the CEO of Cyberkenetics. So please stop submitting these news articles to /. .

I am sick of hearing another news-writer's take on this fascinating tech.

What a terrible path (3, Insightful)

steveo777 (183629) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402911)

This is where we get into big trouble. At one point or another, everyone wants a phone that can listen in to the other line a few seconds after the call is ended. Just to hear what the jack ass on the other line really thinks. With thoughts 'controlling' your keyboards these kinds of things will happen. With this kind of stuff around, we'll be accidentally IMing the wrong thought at the wrong time to the wrong person.

The next step will be mind-controlled Gundam-style robots for everyone. What's this world coming to?!

Re:What a terrible path (1)

brunascle (994197) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403133)

i believe most of these mind-controlled-computer devices kind of work the way you move parts of your body, not the way you think. so you feel like you're moving your arm, but the nerves are connected to a computer.

to accidentally IM someone would be like accidentally punching them. it happens, but i wouldnt lose sleep over it.

That's all fine and dandy (5, Insightful)

chatgris (735079) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402923)

Until we find out what kind of torture this imparts on the BRAIN.

Personally, I'd take the risks from straining my wrists due to mechanical motion over implanting a chip (along with unknown stressors) in my brain any day. If I'm going to potentionally cause harm to one part of my body, it'll be my wrists over my brain.

I'm not a luddite, really! But my brain is just too vital to me to start tossing implants into it.

Re:That's all fine and dandy (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403307)

Yeah, but you have the use of your wrists you insensitive clod. :p
If I were quad or even paraplegic, I'd personally be willing to risk a couple of short circuits in the grey matter if it meant an enhanced quality of life.

Re:That's all fine and dandy (1)

ThePopeLayton (868042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403505)

You make a really good point. The brain unlike most tissues in the body does not have the capacity to regenerate itself (in the majority of circumstances). Inserting an electrode, microchip, stint, or anything into the brain KILLS neurons and damages the brain. Whether or not this damage is going to have lasting effect depends upon many factors.

This is why these implants are only the current solution. They are only for people who really need them (like guys who drive a wheel chair with a straw). They can implant the chip into a part of the brain that has been disconnected from the body so the damage done is negligable.

When EEG, ECOG, MEG, etc... tech gets better we (hopefully) will be able to monitor individual neuron activity without implanting anything into the brain. When that happens is what the article was referring to when it mentioned replacing a keyboard with a headband.

Re:That's all fine and dandy (1)

P3NIS_CLEAVER (860022) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403605)

It is going to suck pretty bad anyway. I can type without thinking about individual letters.... I doubt these interfaces will 'see' words, and thinking about each letter will be a slow process.

lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402927)

Only retards will have these implants.......yeah, I'm goin to put a foreign object into my brain for something that trivial......not.

Re:lol (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403081)

GB2 to Digg

Excellent!!! (4, Funny)

arthurpaliden (939626) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402953)

No more brainless computer users.

Re:Excellent!!! (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403113)

*looks horrified* But then whatever will happen to Slashdot?

we are the borg (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19402977)

resistance is futi...BSOD...

Re:we are the borg (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403615)

Voltage over current is futile. The phonetics of your speech segments will be changed for easier pronunciation.

Reminds me of the Vertebrane in "Manna" (2, Interesting)

ribuck (943217) | more than 7 years ago | (#19402993)

This reminds me of the futuristic story "Manna" [marshallbrain.com] by Marshall Brain (the founder of HowStuffWorks.com).

In the story, computers progressively dehumanise work in the interests of efficiency (imagine Amazon's Mturk applied to McDonalds). When things get really bad, the protagonist is lucky enough to be rescued and taken to Australia where an alternative future project has produced what seems at first glance to be paradise (but is it really?).

Anyway, the human-computer interface in the Australia project is an implant that replaces the top three vertebrae.

The story is not a masterpiece, but it's an enjoyable and thought-provoking read.

Because someone has to say it.... (3, Informative)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403001)

"You mean you have to use you hands? That's like a baby's toy!"

Obligatory Post (1)

sehlat (180760) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403005)

All work -- emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches -- will be performed by mind control.
I, for one, welcome the new overlords who will control our minds so we work.

Already typing telepathically (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403033)

I've been SEX typing telepathically for some SEX time now. It's kinda SEX annoying when other SEX thoughts pop into my SEX head.

Re:Already typing telepathically (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403159)

You know...this guy has a point! My mind wanders too... there is NO way we will be able to control computers or enter text by thinking. There's just no way!

Me trying to "think" the preamble to the Constitution...

We the people of [damn im horny] the United States in [that new secretary is HOT!!!] order to form a more perfect [i wonder if she's taken] union, establish [hmmm I think I'm gonna go get a coke after I do this] justice....

This could be awkward (1)

Brian Ribbon (986353) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403037)

What happens when you think the business client you're e-mailing is an asshole?

Re:This could be awkward (1)

Aqua_boy17 (962670) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403553)

What happens when you think the business client you're e-mailing is an asshole?
Just guessing, but I'm thinking most of your messages have a goatse link embedded in them.

Powerful brains (2, Interesting)

Jeff Hornby (211519) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403049)

But what if my brain isn't powerful enough to control a computer?

Re:Powerful brains (0, Offtopic)

Aeamarth (943939) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403305)

That's obvious, the computer controls YOU!!! (in Soviet Russia, of course)

Re:Powerful brains (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403325)

you are sent to Soviet Russia, where it controls your brain :)

Re:Powerful brains (1)

hamfactorial (857057) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403419)

Put NetBSD on it!

Re:Powerful brains (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403625)

But what if my brain isn't powerful enough to control a computer?
A problem and a solution all in one, how convenient. (channeling BOFH here)

'sex with A homo (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403053)

to the 0rigina7 Lube. This can lead Things the right

Electronics.. (1)

Mockylock (1087585) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403059)

They need to start manufacturing this shit for everyday life for different applications. I'm sure a lot of people would agree when I say that it'd be a nice alternative to plug into a computer than be denied by your wife when you ask for another blowjob.

That means there will be an electronic device... (1)

CaptainPatent (1087643) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403129)

broadcasting our own thoughts to some degree. While this does seem to be a really cool idea in general, imagine how immense the problem of cybernetic hacking could be. I wouldn't be too quick to jump on the implant list, but after some of the potential privacy issues are worked out or declared null and void I'd be cautious.

Typical Typist on a boring afternoon (3, Funny)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403137)

"Documents to be submitted to the document control center (DCC) must first be approved by the ISO committee, which meets every Tuesday, or Wednesday during a holiday. Submissions must be received before 9AM on Tuesday, preferably by email. Quickly he grabbed Laura and, while holding her tightly, looked deep into her eyes. Her heaving breasts rose and fell in a quickening pace as his hands caressed her hair. His deep, muscular, voice whispered, "Darling, I must have you now!". Documents that have been rejected must be corrected by the author and be approved by a supervisor before resubmitting to the DCC"

Re:Typical Typist on a boring afternoon (1)

splicer12 (1111919) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403407)

Ah, now I understand how those strange spam messages I keep getting are created...

Dream bigger (4, Informative)

Metasquares (555685) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403145)

This is called BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) technology, and it's a fairly hot topic in HCI these days. I think people are dreaming too low-level, though: there are some things, like composing music, that are far easier to do mentally than physically. These are the things people should be getting excited about (after we perfect curing the disabled with it), not moving mice across the screen and telepathically IMing people, both of which have reasonably natural interfaces already.

How this will work (1)

GammaKitsune (826576) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403163)

I remember reading about this technology to some extent. From what I recall, it's probable that the brain waves that will allow for this sort of technology will require conscious thought on the part of the wearer, and will probably be picked up via a device that sits on the surface of the head, without intrusive surgery. Also, as of right now, we can only pick up signals, not send them back. So take off the tinfoil hats, everyone. It likely won't cause anything more accidental than your hands can already pull cause on a keyboard, no surgery, and no one will be able to use it to control your thoughts. I've seen no good arguments against this technology so far.

Two words... (1)

naoursla (99850) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403187)

Limbic. Spam.

(with deep respects to Charles Strauss)

No way... viruses (1)

Zzesers92 (819281) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403195)

Bad enough getting a biological virus. Bad enough getting a computer virus. Never going to put myself in a situation where a computer virus can act like a biological virus and impacts my mind. Seriously, no tin foil hat here. Just common sense. Zz

Yeah. Just what I need. (1)

ElboRuum (946542) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403197)

Yeah. Just what I need. A computer attached to my brain IMing to everyone what a bunch of dimwitted fucksticks I think they are.

oh the humiliation (5, Funny)

Jeek Elemental (976426) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403199)

brain not found think "space" to continue

Re:oh the humiliation (1)

IthnkImParanoid (410494) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403481)

No no, it'd be "think any thing" to continue, and for the first time literally thinking "any thing" will actually work! We'll have to come up with a new quintessential n00b joke.

Great that's just what we need fo our brains (1)

andres32a (448314) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403209)

The latest version of Microsoft Windows implanted in our brains via an Implant. Talk about blue screen of death!

Why not ask... (1)

Vexler (127353) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403217)

Lt. Barclay [startrek.com] ?

Before Barclay there was The Controller (1)

spaceyhackerlady (462530) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403401)

Brain and brain! What is Brain?!

Another sad bit of Star Trek geekdom.

...laura who actually watched Star Trek at the time

The next craze for new parents (2, Informative)

G4from128k (686170) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403221)

Given the amazing plasticity of the young brain, the time to do this is when the kid is really really young. Ideally, a child might most effectively learn to mentally control a cursor/computer interface about the same time they learn to control their fingers and toes. At that age it really will make controlling a computer as effortless as walking or talking.

The time will come when children that didn't get "Baby's First Brain Mouse" in their first few months of life will be at a scholastic disadvantage to those that did.

Finally a way to truly expose the Id? (1)

Futile Rhetoric (1105323) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403241)

It'll be fascinating to leave it on while you sleep.

Re:Finally a way to truly expose the Id? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403571)

Uh...we're all in trouble (5, Funny)

grasshoppa (657393) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403243)

I am writing porn this from a computer boobs of the future, sex based on the mind control hot chicks input techniques described teen oral here.

Since coffee this boobs technology was first sugar implemented, I have hamsters been unable midgets to hold a single job.

no thanks (1)

dj245 (732906) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403245)

I'll stick to my IBM model M-5 made in 1992 thanks.

The M-5 is the one with the built-in trackball [google.com] for those of you not keeping track.

All work *already* performed by mind control (4, Insightful)

zooblethorpe (686757) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403343)

"All work -- emails, spreadsheets, and Google searches -- will be performed by mind control."

Hell, it already is -- somehow my boss's very whims turn into tasks for me to perform. No real difference here... :-P

Ob Star Trek (1)

KarMann (121054) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403381)

Keyboard. How quaint.

More cartoon references (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19403431)

I guess the futurama guys were right. We'll have heads in a jar in no time.

Bodies... they are surely useless things.

Controlling Computers With the Brain (1)

jimbobborg (128330) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403435)

So what's Pinky going to do?

The devil has gotten inside you, Jobe (1)

Lucas123 (935744) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403471)

So there I was, willing my computer to do my every bidding while stuffing my face with Cheetos and grooming my dog, when suddenly ... I had an epiphony: "My birth cry will be the sound of every phone on this planet ringing in unison."

Mind Control (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403483)

Tell you brain to tell your hands to interface with your computer!

Ignorance is a bliss (1)

eebra82 (907996) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403513)

I was playing with the idea of controlling my computer with my brain, but ended up a little dizzy and exhausted.

When I navigate with the mouse and type with a keyboard, I do so without much thinking. However, try to look around a page, look at the word and think "click" every time you want to click something. It is actually kind of difficult, because you don't want to think your actions as much as you want to just click with a mouse button. And what if you play an fps game? Thinking that you have to turn around and shooting at a precise moment will be contra-productive because you can't just sit and stare at a screen for hours without moving around a bit.

This may of course be something I can get used to and I guess a lot of people would prefer this method, but I doubt I would.

Absolutely Not (1)

epistemiclife (1101021) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403521)

I simply don't believe that most people are willing to have a computer implant put into their brains. I certainly wouldn't, and I love technology.

"Excuse me, Doctor. I've been blacking out recently. I think it may be the Mark of the Beast that I had implanted last year."

We still don't even know, for certain, what effects external devices, such as cell phones, impart upon us, in the long term. A more realistic goal, for now, is probably to pursue the parallel research of reading brain waves and using them for "training" in much the same way that we do for voice recognition. There are already videogame concepts which make use of this technology.

Several Scifi shows have demonstrated this. (1)

davonshire (94424) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403547)

Ok a bit on the trivia side. But first the article talks about head bands perhaps someday for non impared people. And this kind of thing was demonstrated in Sliders, (the newer) Outer Limits, as well as probably a a few dozen movies Saturn 5 for instance.

You'll have all the conspiracy people talking up about how it will be easier to control the masses, about people becoming fatter and less physically conditioned etc. But you will almost not hear about the following.

The social disconnect that people experience just in emails and forums should indicate the social damage you are risking creating a device that even takes typing away and makes communication just act of mental activity. Because of the disconnect, people react much more visciously with flame wars, tirades, rants. Extreme responses that generally would not be demonstrated in public or direct personal contact with the other party/s.

And so I say, even if there were ways to check against the decay of physical body, personal privacy and general sanity. Socially such a thing would cause great upheavals. Because when something becomes so simple as thinking a message and sending it off, you lose the best most important filter that gives us a chance to be civil and diplomatic and even charming. Time.

Just a few thoughts may your cranium beep with pleasure.

Wheres my damn datajack? (4, Funny)

Orclover (228413) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403555)

Serriously where the hell is it? I'ts 07 and I dont have a flying car, monkey buttler or datajack to plug my head directly into a computer! WTF man? In a few years I am going to turn 40, if I cant take "cybering" to a whole new level or braindump into halo 5 with full virtual sensory control then why the hell are we even bothering with new technology. We are waaay the hell behind in this crap from where we should be. Hell by 2020 I need to be able to ditch my meat corpse permenantly and become a ghost in a datastream somewhere enjoying all the world wide web until a wayward asteroid ends the party for the whole planet.

I got a schedule here people!

I'm looking forward to it with anticipation. (1)

rizole (666389) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403565)

After all, voice recognition and optical character recognition are already such ubiquitous and transparently seamless technologies that brain wave recognition is likely to be a resounding success.

no, you fools, wrong Russia joke! (3, Informative)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403567)

"The only drawback with these computers is you have to think in Russian." See? Much funnier reference. :)

And on-topic, there's some totally amazing shit going down in cybernetics these days.

http://www.sigmorobot.com/technology/news/toast_bi onic_man.htm [sigmorobot.com]

This guy here has thought-controlled limbs. The nerves that controlled his arms have been rewired into muscles in his pecs and the arm reads the twitches there and turns that into motion.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5140090.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Limbs can now be attached directly to the skeleton.

Artificial muscles (sorry btech fans, they aren't called myomar)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4817848.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Advanced bionic hand

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4225896.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Article featuring Claudia Mitchell as well as Jesse Sullivan, both real-life cyborgs

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,2 0457094-8362,00.html [news.com.au]

We're really making some fantastic advances in this field. The major future hurtles will be better feedback from the limb, getting it to run on blood glucose so a separate power supply is not needed, and making the whole affair less bulky and more natural. The ideal goal here would be a limb that would pass for perfectly natural, both for the observer and the amputee.

Bastards! (1)

nick_davison (217681) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403573)

the article extrapolates out to a near future in which we will all be wearing headband computers and IM'ing one another as if telepathically
This to going to totally mush the edges of my tinfoil hat!

Oblig: (1)

RedElf (249078) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403581)

It's it's the mark of the beast!

someone has to say it (1)

AlgorithMan (937244) | more than 7 years ago | (#19403595)

Dear aunt, let's set so double the killer delete select all
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