Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Uh oh.

Berkeley researchers have managed to translate brainwaves into words. Obviously, they're planning on using this to help people who have lost the ability to speak (and right now it involves invasive probes, so it's likely to stay there...right now).

But does this mean the thought police are on their way?

I see much good from this technology...brain-computer interfaces, machine-mediated telepathy (via a device that reads your brainwaves and then sends the words over the cell network). And they plan on pursuing language research - could this also be the very early stages of a universal translator?

But it can be abused, and history teaches us that anything that can be abused, will be...