The Mysterious Mind-Reading Device That DARPA Doesn't Want You To Know... Yet
Oct 24, 2013 11:15
While the world awaits for the day when we can all develop Professor X powers, the U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA) is pushing for a new grant to come up with a portable brain-reading device that can measure electroencephalography, which is the voltage fluctuations that occur as neurons fire within the brain.
What DARPA wants to develop — at least in the short term — is a tool for students who want to know how to read the basic states of a classmate's mind. But EEG readings as a form of lie-detection are already in development and DARPA does admit to wanting to send EEG headsets out with troops as part of a medic kit.
Once created, cheap and mass-produced EEG reading headsets could have an array of uses, especially when their data can be read with any smartphone. There's even the chance that they'll eventually be able to read your thoughts. For now however, that's all still stuck staunchly in the future, as the deciphering of detailed data from an EEG reading is simply beyond the reach of modern understanding of the complex math involved.
That sounds... creepy. If all goes according to plan, these devices will be massed produced and will retail at around $30 a piece. But that's a small price to pay to hack into someone's thoughts.
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