That future is closer than you might think. In fact, it’s already here. Thanks to a group of scientists from Imperial College London, people are now able to control a robot arm to paint on an empty canvas using nothing more than your eyes.
“It’s very intuitive because I don’t have to think about commands or something like this. I simply think about where I want to draw or which colour I want to take. And by thinking, a person usually looks at that colour… I didn’t need a lot of time to learn how to use it. Actually, using it one time was enough to know how to control it completely.”
– Sabine Dziemian (via Reuters)
Using your eyes to control a robot arm is certainly different from using your mind, grant you, but it’s no doubt a necessary step towards the eventual future of techno-telekinesis. Imagine being able to simply sit there and stare at an empty canvas, imagining the masterpiece you wish to create and watching it materialize before your very eyes. With the aide of your own personal robot, while using advanced brain-to-brain communication technologies, the robot will know exactly what you’re wishing to paint and proceed from there.
This is the future of techno-telekinetic artists that we’re talking about. Where art is no longer limited by your physical capacities, but is instead limited based on your imagination alone. Certainly there is a beautiful artist in the mind of someone whom is disabled or paralyzed, but is unfortunately incapable of expressing that beauty. With this kind of technology, combining robot arms, eye-tracking technology, and techno-telekinesis, that problem will eventually wither away and be thrown in to the dustbin of history.