Friday, 02 Jul, 2010 Technology
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Intel's Technology Allows Transmitting Thoughts to Computer Interface

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In future it could be possible to send your thoughts to computer interfaces, without having any special chip implanted into your brain.

Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University teamed up with those at the University of Pittsburgh to work on Intel's Human Brain project that involves the transmission of thought to the computer.

It would be interesting to note that the project makes use of EEG, fMRI, and magnetoencephalography in order to deduce what a person is thinking of based on their model of neural activity.

However, currently the process can only work with about 1,000 concrete nouns and is only able to state the difference between two nouns at a time. For example, if a person is thinking about the word "arm" the algorithm cannot tell on its on if the user is actually thinking about this word, but it is able to understand whether a person is thinking about "arm" or "shirt" or other nouns within the vocabulary, informs FastCompany.

According to Intel, the new algorithm is quite accurate, being able to figure out the person's thoughts in 9 out of 10 times.

The company hopes that in the future users will be able to wear a special headset that would allow them to control different computer devices. Currently the technology is far from being available commercially. Intel says that its new technology will be ready in about 10 year, but only if things go according to the plan.

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