Hey, put down that portable computing device you’re using to send messages to someone thousands of miles away in a matter of seconds while you watch a movie beamed from space that you bought by sending imaginary money straight from your bank account and listen to me for a second. It’s important. The future’s here, dammit!
Some researchers in England published a proof-of-concept for a brain-computer music interfacing system, or BCMI, that they tested on a patient with Locked-in Syndrome. By putting a bunch of electrodes on the patient’s scalp, they gave her the ability to use her eyes and the power of her mind to “compose” orchestral music and play it back in real time.
Devices like this have been in use for a little while; in college, I even got to try one out where I “willed” a little pixelated airplane to ascend and descend on a computer screen (here’s a tissue, I may have just bragged all over you). But still. We have the technology to perform tasks by just thinking about them. What…how…I have to go lie down for a second.
What things would you do if a little mind power was all you needed?
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