Control your mac with thoughts

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Diatribe, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Diatribe macrumors 601

    Diatribe

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    This is still some time off, but when it is ready for commercial use.... I for one would like it not to have to use a mouse or a keyboard anymore.

    Imagine how fast you could get your thoughts down, how fast you could edit that video project. But it has a downside too; every FPS gamer will be able to jump head shoot without a hitch. :D

    For those too lazy to click the link:

     
  2. kylos macrumors 6502a

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    What's interesting about this (as far as I understand these processes) is that this does not require knowledge about how the brain works. If I understand this, the developers simply measure brain activity, correlate that with certain actions, and run this data through a neural network that produces a very precise mapping between the approximate brain activity and the desired action. Neural networks, which I am assuming they're using, are an amazing learning tool that basically take many inputs which are assumed to have some feature in common (they'd measure your brain activity several times while thinking something like "check my mail", repeated for however many operations you need to perform) which generates a function that will recognize a range of some lowest common denominator mapped to that action. It's some exteremly amazing stuff.
     
  3. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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  4. rueyeet macrumors 65816

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    One step closer to jacking into cyberspace!

    I also would hope this technology could eventually be used to improve prosthetics.
     
  5. wdlove macrumors P6

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    This is great technology. This will be very helpful for ergonomics. Hopefully it doesn't end up being used for the wrong purposes.
     
  6. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Wrong, as in, porn? :eek:

    Or wrong as in, hacking? :eek:
     
  7. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Or wrong as in Windows? :eek: :p
     
  8. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    The end of the one-button mouse? :(
    well, as long as nobody gets hacked, it's fine.
    256 or more bit encryption will be needed, I don't want a sucker starting programs in my iBook with his iBrain.

    -iThink G3, buy now or wait? :eek: :p

    it could have but applications...
     
  9. Diatribe thread starter macrumors 601

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    I thought I'd post a follow up.

    And here is a video of the trial.

    This time they did it just with electrodes on your head nothing in it.
    Pretty impressive. I want one. :rolleyes:
     
  10. geese macrumors 6502a

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    A thought powered computer!!???!?!? :eek:

    Imagine if you're sitting in the office on a hot summers day, just doing dull expenses on Excel, then a hot chick walks past you and catches more then your attention???? Can you imagine??!?!?!?
     
  11. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    Depending on how accurate this could be, I may one day become as good as I "think" I would be in real life at Call of Duty. :cool:
     
  12. virividox macrumors 601

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    hahaha
     

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