Since the launch of Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and the Google Chip, there is seemingly only a matter of time before the majority of human interface will take place through some type of virtual or internal lens.[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002SUCMUG” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21ZgWG46YaL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]
These innovations offer new opportunities for interpersonal growth and technological expansion; and the precursor to various applications for these types of virtual interfaces is already taking place. For example, researchers from several universities, including Berkley and Oxford, have created a custom program that allows scientists to determine “sensitive data”, such as where you live, your bank account information, your date of birth, and so on. That’s right; by just examining your brain scientists can have access to your checking accounts.
To do so, researchers are utilizing a BCI (brain-computer interface), which is essentially made up of two components, an EGG, and programmable software. Your brain produces specific patterns upon recognizing familiarities; thus examiners display a variety of pictures to the participants, observe which pictures cause the brain to produce those patterns of recognition, and simply record them. They can then deduce fairly accurate predictions. Even with this rough prototype, scientists were correct nearly 40% of the time.[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00A2UQUXY” locale=”us” height=”158″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21ZblPtAhxL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]
Prime amygdalic response demands that we consider worst case scenarios, such as better developed software falling into the hands of professional hackers and thieves. The question in everyone’s mind then becomes, “Will my information ever be safe?” Just remember, this is often what government and large corporations thrive upon to garner more power and profit. Instead, allow reason to once again have the opportunity to flourish.
Just think, if researchers have already discovered this capability, no doubt with your virtual headset or Google Chip purchase, you will most likely have the option for a spyware package as well. Yes, that’s right, spyware for your brain! Just as identity theft protection exists today, the option will most definitely be available in the years to come. Furthermore, think of all the good that can be applied with such technology. Say for example investigators are desperately searching for a missing little girl. Upon locating the kidnapper they could accurately determine where he may have hidden the child. In another instance, imagine utilizing this technology to create an application that can actually help your brain recall where you left your car keys… You can sign me up for that app right now!
Labels like “bad” or “good” really have no place where technology is concerned, but rather how we choose to apply such innovation to our lives is ultimately what should dictate the end result. Hence, I challenge you to bask in the glory of one day never having to remember where you left your [easyazon-link asin=”B004M6XUI2″ locale=”us”]wallet[/easyazon-link]!
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