My last day of Zen and more paranoia…….scientific advancements are good and desirable….but I also see the possibility of abuse waiting to happen…….if you think not then just look around at the abuse happening today…..all from scientific advancements……..
As part of IBM’s “5 in 5” forecasts of predictions, the company says that “minding reading” (more like mind control) will no longer be a science fiction dream and that within five years, we’ll all be controlling our computers and smartphones by just wiggling our brains.
While Apple focuses on speech technology with Siri, IBM believes the next revolution will involve our brains. To tackle and make mind control a reality, we’d all need to wear something like Emotiv’s EPOC neuroheadset that’s equipped with sensors that read electrical brain signals.
According to IBM Research News “the idea is to use these electrical synapses to also do everyday activities such as placing a phone call, turning on the lights or even in the healthcare space for rehabilitation.”
That’s great news, but we’re not quite ready for mind reading yet. Devices like the EPOC are still kind of bulky and make you look like a dorky cyborg.
The magic will happen when the sensors get miniaturized.
By 2017, like all technology, the EPOC or other similar technologies will probably get smaller. So I can imagine it will have completely dry sensors, and I’d be wearing it all the time, perhaps embedded into a baseball cap, and with a finer range of thought patterns detected and connected directly to my mobile phone – allowing me to interact with the world just by thinking particular thoughts. In doing this I could wonder what the traffic will be like on the way home and this information would pop up in front of me.
Voice-control is really coming into its own with Kinect, Siri and Google/Bing search, but I’m skeptic as to whether to it becoming real in five years. I’ve played with “mind concentrating” gear like Mattel’s Radica Mindflex Duel game, and it didn’t exactly blow my mind. It barely worked. So excuse me if I’m not convinced that mind-control/mind-reading will be functional within the next few years.
Where will it all end or a better question where will it lead? Is this life imitating art? Think of the movies!
But wait! There is more with the mind control…….oops, my bad……..mind reading………
A “smart” vending machine that analyses users’ age and gender has been launched in the US by Intel and Kraft Foods.
The iSample is being used to offer customers trials of a new dessert.
It allows Kraft to tailor the product to the shopper, and exclude children from the adult-focused promotion.
Intel says it intends to retrofit the technology to existing vending machines to allow companies to study what type of people are buying their products.
The machine uses an optical sensor fitted to the top of the machine to recognise the shape of the human face. A computer processor then carries out a series of calculations based on measurements such as the distance between the eyes, nose and ears.
These are used to determine the sex of the shopper and place them in one of four age brackets. This data is then used to determine what, if any, product the shopper should be served.
So basically, a machine will be making decisions for me, right? So much for “free will”!