The computer of the future can be controlled with the brain
Imagine thinking of your address, and then the GPS itself finds its way. And when you step into the room, the radiator even adjusts the temperature because you freeze.
Grenoble and the Clinatec lab presented their prototype on a mind-controlled exoskeleton. It is controlled without hands - by the power of thought.
The computer of the future is not controlled by pushes or buttons, but by the power of thought. And it makes a number of things easier, but also raises a number of ethical issues.
Sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. But in fact, the first spades for the mind-controlled technology have already been taken.
– You no longer have to operate electrodes into the brain, you just put on a headset, and then you can control your digital device, says Michael Björn, PhD. from Lund University and head of the Ericsson ConsumerLab research department.
In Ericsson’s report “Hot Consumer Trends 2030”, expectations among particularly tech-savvy consumers also sound that in the near future, the boundary between thought and action will be blurred.
– You have already seen the first drone flying competitions, where people controlled the drones exclusively via an electronic headband, says Michael Björn.
French scientists have also succeeded in producing a digital exoskeleton that keeps the body upright and movable by the power of thought.
The phenomenon is called Brain Computer Interface (BCI) because it moves in the interface between brain and computer.
– This means that people can potentially control a mouse on a screen without using their hands, but only with the help of the brain. In the future, this type of technology will also spread to other parts of society, he says.
For example, it can affect the commute of the future. Here you may not be able to type messages or Google Maps instructions while the rain falls heavily on the phone screen.
– You think about what you want to write or where to transport, and then the technology takes care of the rest, says Michael Björn.
A number of ethical issues
How exactly the technology will be spread in its popular form, scientists do not yet know. As it is today, mindless technology still requires putting electrodes or a headband on your head.
But when you develop the technology, it can revolutionize the interaction between man and technology, believes futurist Henrik Good Hovgaard of Universal Futurist.
– Today the screen experience is tailored to us by algorithms, but in the future, it will be the whole room, he says, citing as an example:
– When you enter the room, the light and temperature automatically adjust according to your preferences.
However, it also raises a number of ethical issues.
Mind-reading technology can also be used to monitor and compromise privacy.
– One thing is what you can do with the technology, another is what you want. And do you mind having a headband that can always read your mind, he asks?