You're Not a Mind Reader, But This Device Is

 

Apparently, researchers at MIT have invented a new device that has the ability to read your thoughts and send them to a computer. So, yes, everything in your inner monologue would suddenly become your outer monologue.

Right now the device is just a prototype, and there's no word on when they could take the technology mainstream.

"The motivation for this was to build an IA device — an intelligence-augmentation device," said MIT grad student and lead author Arnav Kapur to Engadget. "Our idea was: Could we have a computing platform that's more internal, that melds human and machine in some ways and that feels like an internal extension of our own cognition?"

According to the MIT Media Lab YouTube Channel, "AlterEgo is a wearable system that allows a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements — thereby enabling the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner. A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user’s physical senses and without invading a user's privacy. AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers—such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a “second self” and augment human cognition and abilities."

The only thing that I could think this would be good for are those persons that are unable to speak due to a medical condition. This would not be fun around co-workers!


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