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Controlling a Computer by Thought. Really?

Boot Camp feature for Friday, April 16, 2010

Controlling a computer by thought. I'm Fred Fishkin with technology BootCamp, a report on gadgets and gear. It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but a research project between Intel, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh has already provided a hint of what's possible. Intel researcher Dean Pomerleau says using scanners such as MRIs....computers have begun to be able to read minds... sort of...


"If I put you into a scanner and ask you to think of one of two words...say celery or airplane... having never seen any of your brain activity patterns before I could tell with about ninety percent accuracy which of those two words you were thinking about simply from your brain activity pattern."

What researchers imagine are smaller sensors you could wear that could transmit those patterns to computers. You could Google or Twitter by thought alone.  You can find us with archives, interviews and more at BootCamp.com. I'm Fred Fishkin.

Categories: Computers