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Intel Making Computers That Will Read Your Mind

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."

  • madass
    "concerns about privacy"

    Bingo. THIS is why no one except the army will use it...
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  • meat81
    Ok then, so why are they not making their CPU's Cheaper?
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  • jesman1985
    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
    SKYNET
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  • virtualban
    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
    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
    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
    Why not use this picture? Homer's Brain
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  • rubix_1011
    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
    Not good.....
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