Associated Press (04/08/10) Gross, Samantha
Intel is developing software that uses brain scans to determine what items people are thinking about. The software analyzes magnetic resonance imaging scans to determine which parts of the brain are being activated as a person thinks. During testing, the software was 90 percent accurate in guessing which of two words a person was thinking about, says Intel’s Dean Pomerleau. The technology could help disabled people communicate or, eventually, lead to mind-controlled devices. “The vision is being able to interface to information, to your devices, and to other people without having an intermediary device,” Pomerleau says. The system works by initially scanning the brain while a person is thinking of several nouns. When test subjects are then asked to pick one of two new terms, the software uses the earlier results as a baseline to determine what the subject is thinking. Other technology under development at Intel includes cell phones that can track what the user is doing, technology that monitors users’ conversations to warn them about misinformation, a transparent holographic display that could point consumers to featured items, and a TV set-top box that wirelessly connects a laptop to the TV.
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