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Intel Making Computers That Will Read Your Mind

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Those if you with dirty minds should probably open the private browsing window first.

While Intel is still concentrating on making chips that'll continue to push the performance limits of our desktops and laptops, there are researchers at the chip company looking at the next step ahead – reading our minds.

Dean Pomerleau, a senior researcher at Intel Laboratories, is part of a team developing a computer that's able to 'read' the human brain of what word it is thinking about.

"The computer uses a form of 20 questions to narrow down what the word is," Pomerleau explained to the Telegraph. "So a noun with a physical property such as spade, which you dig with, produces activity in the motor cortex of the brain, as this is the area that controls physical movements. A food related word like apple, however, produces activity in those parts of the brain related to hunger. So the computer can infer attributes to each word being thought about and this lets the computer zero down on what the word is pretty quickly."

Intel hopes that this will eventually lead to people being able to write emails and perform web searches just by thinking.

While we're still lusting after the best laser mice and mechanical keyboards, Intel's CTO Justin Ratner said, "Mind reading is the ultimate user interface. There will be concerns about privacy with this sort of thing and we will have to overcome them. What is clear though is that humans are not restricted any more to just using keyboards and mice."

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    meat81 , August 27, 2010 1:20 PM
    Ok then, so why are they not making their CPU's Cheaper?
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    pirateboy , August 27, 2010 1:24 PM
    uh oh....my telepathic computer will download porn all day long...yours will too, but it will probably be gay midget porn
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    JOSHSKORN , August 27, 2010 1:29 PM
    Why not use this picture? Homer's Brain
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    madass , August 27, 2010 1:08 PM
    "concerns about privacy"

    Bingo. THIS is why no one except the army will use it...
  • 22 Hide
    meat81 , August 27, 2010 1:20 PM
    Ok then, so why are they not making their CPU's Cheaper?
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    jesman1985 , August 27, 2010 1:21 PM
    20 or 30 years from now this may be possible.. but i dont see this happening mainstream anytime soon.. and i dont really see this as a good thing..
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    nforce4max , August 27, 2010 1:22 PM
    SKYNET
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    virtualban , August 27, 2010 1:24 PM
    I can see many uses for this technology, and it will be supported by many. For those concerned about privacy, there is always the option of taking off the mind reading helmet and putting on the tin foil helmet just in case. But there are more types of people around computers than people who can type +70 wpm. What about those without both hands or all fingers? If properly done, this will be awesome. Speech recognition will be a thing of the past. And I am very curious to use it in fact.
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    pirateboy , August 27, 2010 1:24 PM
    uh oh....my telepathic computer will download porn all day long...yours will too, but it will probably be gay midget porn
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    dstigue , August 27, 2010 1:29 PM
    I can just picture being on the computer with the girl friend and your ex pops into your head and it spells out her name. Oopsy. Forget external forces stealing your ideas what about the ideas you don't want other people to see verbalized. Typing an email to a boss. The report(I want a twinkie) is attached(like a stage 5 clinger)below" Tragic!
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    JOSHSKORN , August 27, 2010 1:29 PM
    Why not use this picture? Homer's Brain
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    rubix_1011 , August 27, 2010 1:44 PM
    My $10 IQ 20 questions game already is eerily close to getting it right every time. They need to spend million/billions on this?
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    unknown_13 , August 27, 2010 1:45 PM
    Not good.....
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    CaptainBib , August 27, 2010 1:49 PM
    I'm sure google already has a team working on how to beam ads straight in to your brain with this.
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    Camikazi , August 27, 2010 1:51 PM
    greghomeTHE MATRIX anyone?or maybe this is a skynet pet project?

    SkyTrix! The 2 will merge and completely dominate us :/ 
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    hang-the-9 , August 27, 2010 1:53 PM
    What the HELL, every time I turn this mind reading PC on, all I get is porn web sites. Must be broken.
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    seanma0314 , August 27, 2010 1:59 PM
    I can see it now, writing an email longer than 2 minutes and suddenly boobs and other various sexual words randomly pop up
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    Mr Pizza , August 27, 2010 2:05 PM
    not good!
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    djackson_dba , August 27, 2010 2:06 PM
    May open up a whole new world for those that need prosthetics.
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    nonxcarbonx , August 27, 2010 2:08 PM
    im sure some folks wont "mind"
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    rantoc , August 27, 2010 2:27 PM
    Did Google pay for the research?! Think beer and you have 20 popups in a nanosecound about beer. No THX to adds (Beer on the other hand.... =))
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    zak_mckraken , August 27, 2010 2:31 PM
    What's the point of knowing precisely in which part of the brain the activity takes place? 99.9% of the reading will come from in the part of the brain that directs blood flow in the mid-section of my body! :p 
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    JPHD , August 27, 2010 2:39 PM
    Even if this works at 1% of it's potential due to current technlogical limitations it still would be important for people with serious disabilities. Even though I'm not disabled myself I recognize the importance of said research in providing hope and accessibility to people that lead such challenging lives.
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