Future Shock: Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers’ Heads by 2020

MatrixNeoJeremy Hsu writes on Popular Science:

If the idea of turning consumers into true cyborgs sounds creepy, don’t tell Intel researchers. Intel’s Pittsburgh lab aims to develop brain implants that can control all sorts of gadgets directly via brain waves by 2020.

The scientists anticipate that consumers will adapt quickly to the idea, and indeed crave the freedom of not requiring a keyboard, mouse, or remote control for surfing the Web or changing channels. They also predict that people will tire of multi-touch devices such as our precious iPhones, Android smart phones and even Microsoft’s wacky Surface Table.

Turning brain waves into real-world tech action still requires some heavy decoding of brain activity. The Intel team has already made use of fMRI brain scans to match brain patterns with similar thoughts across many test subjects.

Plenty of other researchers have also tinkered in this area. Toyota recently demoed a wheelchair controlled with brainwaves, and University of Utah researchers have created a wireless brain transmitter that allows monkeys to control robotic arms.

Read more: Popular Science

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15 Responses to Future Shock: Intel Wants Brain Implants in Its Customers’ Heads by 2020

  1. geircorneliussen November 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    It's a very bad idea to turn humans into Cyborgs!

  2. geircorneliussen November 27, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    It's a very bad idea to turn humans into Cyborgs!

  3. geircorneliussen November 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    This is a very bad idea. Just look at what mother nature does, and realize how inferior our technology is. We have been on this planet for a billion years. We have been dinosaurs! But we all know that our shitty computers are fucked after some 3 years!

    I am a cyborg myself. I use digital hearing aids. It's a pain in the ass! I both love and hate them, but let me tell you: I have been warned against this in my dreams for years. I have no choice, because I would have been deaf without them. It's very painful to wear this shitty tech compared to what mother nature does.

    I warn you! Do not try to implant this shit into your brains! It's simply so shitty and wrong compared to nature. Raise your hands up! Are you fresh and alive and strong and pure? Do you want low tech machinery into your body? It will always be low tech. It will never be better than the life code itself. The Master of transformations spit at this ugliness. Computers are inferior to human brains. Always will.

    Geir Corneliussen.

    Go Talk to a tree or two. Trees never Lie!

  4. Temy November 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm #

    I am thrilled and sure hope it don't take so long. I could use an auxiliary brain, myself.

  5. umlimo November 27, 2009 at 7:37 pm #

    Sure. Computers have been demonstrated to be totally secure against any sort of hackers, so I would have no problem with opening up my every thought, memory, feeling and so on to publically accessible networks. I have no problem with others being able to create, view, update and delete every aspect of my consciousness. I will write off the brain-blistering migraines caused when my neural link system 'crashes' as part of the exciting experience of new technology. When my heart stops due to a chaotic cascasde started by static from the chip, I will go to heaven happy to have been a martyr to the cause.

    • Temy November 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

      I don't care who knows what about me. I got no secrets. I already have an implanted defibrillator which sends wireless messages to my doc. We all gonna die anyway, no matter what we do or don't do. May as well enjoy it peacefully. Ain't no heaven though.

  6. tonyviner November 28, 2009 at 11:08 am #

    The Norwegians already planted a chip in my brain. My purpose? Kill Finns.

    • Temy November 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

      You mean sharks?

  7. Daedelus November 30, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    Implants for the purpose of extending the possibilities of consumerism is inherently creepy. It seems the future will continue to define what it means to be human. I'm thankful to still live in an age where it means I can function at a meanigful capacity without “upgrades”.

  8. boniface December 2, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    this is absolute guillotine, do not accept this idea, it is wrong

  9. zen punk December 18, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    i already have an implant in my brain. apparently it's a “nano laboratory” and it's made of some kind of glass. humans will be quick to follow (as usual)

    • Temy December 18, 2009 at 11:16 am #

      How and why did you get that?

  10. Jordan January 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    This would likely take some finesse… afterall, what happens when you're showing a friend a webpage on your brain controlled iphone, and you suddenly see a provocative image? whoops, now you're on a porn site. friend: creeped out.

  11. emilio January 28, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    hahah freedom?? … yhea

  12. emilio January 28, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    hahah freedom?? … yhea

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