IBM predicts mind-reading computers of the future

Forget Siri. According to IBM, in five years computers will be able to do a lot more than listen to your voice: They’ll be able to read your mind.

IBM has announced its “Next 5 In 5 Forecast,” an annual list of five predictions about the technologies the company’s innovators think we’ll see in the next five years.

The Forecast, which has been around since 2006, has had some misses in the past, such as the 2007 prediction that doctors would develop super-senses to smell illness; but on the whole, the lists have been fairly prescient. A more on-the mark prediction in 2007 said that cellphones would soon take the place of wallets, banks and concierges. Considering the ubiquity of phone payment services, online banking and review apps, IBM was right on. When the folks at IBM predicted that “You will talk to the Web and the Web will talk back” in 2008, they probably didn’t know it would only be three years until that became a mainstream reality with the introduction of Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant Siri.

One of this year’s coolest forecasts — that computers will soon be able to read your mind — is already sort of a reality. For example, scientists at the University of Berkeley are able to use images of brain activity to roughly reproduce the picture or video that a person was watching when the activity occurred. Similarly, theEPOC Neuroheadset from electronics company Emotiv uses sensors mounted on the scalp to allow people with neurological disorders, such as locked-in syndrome, to use their minds to move objects on a computer screen.

The people at IBM imagine that even more advanced brain-computer interfaces could bring this kind of interaction to the masses. In a few years, with the help of sensors connected to their mobile phones, people may be able to make a call just by thinking about making a call. This could be pretty awesome, though it might prove embarrassing for the more obsessive among us.

Kevin Brown, a member of IBM’s Emerging Technology Services team, outlines other potential uses of this technology in a post on the IBM Research Blog.According to Brown, if people’s thoughts were automatically uploaded to a central computer, a heat map could be created showing how people in different areas of a city were feeling. Creative fields, he suggests, may offer the most interesting use of this potential technology. He writes that musicians could use the mind-reading devices to compose music based directly on their thoughts. The ability to “upload” a story or painting directly from your brain would likely be of interest to anyone who has dealt with the exasperating chasm that exists between idea and implementation.


click the link for the other 4 predictions..

i would say they already have this in when our thoughts can be interpreted as commands..well thats a brave new world!


~ by seeker401 on December 26, 2011.

3 Responses to “IBM predicts mind-reading computers of the future”

  1. they know that telepathy is the cosmic communication. form of communication that was forgotten by humans … when it collapsed the tower of Babel … before people know they have these powers naturally, they want to implement devices for the machine to do everything, and everything is controlled by the machine. The big business continues, while the real knowledge is lost. more ignorance, more business for them

  2. Exactly 401: I think the New World Order Guys are doing a pretty good job of reading and manipulating minds as it is. Madison Avenue and the Psycho profession are working hand in hand and the mass media has proven it is an ideal conduit to enlsave the minds of all the whoseits and numbskulls living in whoseitsville. The Brain is one big electronical synapse with neurons firing through programed bio-chemical conduits and pathways. I can see hooking up one’s brain to the flatscreen TV and playing reruns of your life and/or reprogramming what is there…and for most people, programming what is and what was never there in the first place. Crux of the matter is as always…who is doing the programming to what intent and extent.

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