Welcome to the Brave New World. Forget about a keyboard, mouse, touch screen or even voice recognition, now all you need do is think about what you want your gadgets to do. This technology certainly gives new meaning to René Descartes statement, "I think, therefore I am".
It seems that while exploring brainwave-based computer authentication as a substitute for passwords, researchers from the University of Berkeley’s School of Information, have come up with an ingenious device, a headset that reads brainwaves. The inexpensive ($100.00) headset that can be purchased online, connects to a computer wirelessly using Bluetooth and is not much different than the headsets used with mobile phones, music players, and other computing devices.
Sounds pretty interesting, but dig deeper and it gets a bit scary. It seems there's another team of researchers who have has been able to “hack” people’s minds, extracting data, such as ATM PINs and passwords and this head set can also be purchased online now for around $299.00. Read more
All of this plus some "tantalizing evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains." Read more
One can only wonder what other scary wonders the future holds.
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Image of Emotiv brain-computer interface by br1dotcom via Flickr
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