Via h+ magazine:
Japan has announced a goal of commercial mind-reading devices and helper robots within the next 10 years. “While the U.S. Army actively pursues ‘thought helmets’ that might someday lead to secure mind-to-mind communication between soldiers, the Japanese are going after the consumer
The “brainwave initiative” involves the government and private sector collaborating on electronics that can be controlled by thought alone. (Several years ago, Hitachi announced the goal of a commercial brain-machine interface by 2011, and they’re already actively pursuing thought-controlled TV.)
Meanwhile, Japan’s ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication lab is pursuing “cool stuff which portends a future of networked Japanese social robots assisting old people in their thought-controlled Toyota wheelchairs.” They’re working on AI bots capable of detecting when you’re hungry, cold, or in need of assistance, and Honda and Toyota will also be involved. (The Honda Asimo robot is already billed as the world’s most advanced humanoid commercial robot, and they’re also envisioning a car navigation system that searches for restaurants when the driver thinks of a meal.)
Ultimately the goal is coordinated teams of robots, networked together and communicating with embedded sensors using speech or thought to communicate with humans when appropriate!
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