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Researchers have created a wearable device that can read people’s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking.
The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers verbalise internally but do not say out loud, using electrodes attached to the skin.
“Our idea was: could we have a computing platform that’s more internal, that melds human and machine in some ways and that feels like an internal extension of our own cognition?” said Arnav Kapur, who led the development of the system at MIT’s Media Lab.
Kapur describes the headset as an “intelligence-augmentation” or IA device, and was presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Intelligent User Interface conference in Tokyo. It is worn around the jaw and chin, clipped over the top of the ear to hold it in place. Four electrodes under the white plastic device make contact with the skin and pick up the subtle neuromuscular signals that are triggered when a person verbalises internally. When someone says words inside their head, artificial intelligence within the device can match particular signals to particular words, feeding them into a computer.
originally posted by: CreationBro
a reply to: dashen
Its not too dissimilar from my thread last week about Subvocal speech.
I gather this method is using brain waves read by electrodes, whereas the subvocal speech was monitored with small mics.
Still, they determined that the subvocalizations they recorded matched the auditory hallucinations of the schizophrenic patients they tested.
Essentially they were listening to these people's hallucinations. Some of the recorded content was very bizarre, maybe even disturbing to some.
All of this stuff is just...i get the passions and interest in this stuff by aspiring scientists and whatnot, but I cant help but notice how people seem to be blinded by their drive and curiousity without considering potential repercussions/effects.
Ive learned that lesson in a fairly extreme way.