Saturday, November 21, 2009

Not just for quadriplegics...

Intel is predicting that chips in brains will control computers by 2020. Scientists believe people want freedom from their keyboards and will adapt to new ways to use technology.

Scientists at Intel's research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people's brains.

To read other articles using similar technology, see this link.

1 comment:

Matthew Smith said...

I'm not sure who besides quadriplegics, and the most desperate of them at that, would choose to have anyone go into their brain to have this kind of thing implanted. For anyone who can't use their hands, there is already a combination of voice recognition and devices like the tongue-touch keypad (Brooke Ellison uses one as does the author of this blog). For anyone who can use their hands, or even their arms, why would anyone want to have someone cut into their brain just to let them operate a computer? Risking brain damage? I don't know about anyone else, but of things that could happen to my body, that's the absolute worst.

Besides, how will this technology know when someone has just got the notion to type something, or to move the wheelchair this way or that, and when a person actually decides? Many of us have heard of "stream of consciousness" literature but this would really be something else.