New Brain-Machine Interface Taps Human Smarts to Enhance Computers’ Abilities

Popsci
Clay Dillow
Nov. 11, 2010

Their device couples the human brain and computers to perform tasks neither could do as efficiently on their own.

Brain-machine interfaces hold potential for a variety of ends, from helping the neurologically or physically disabled communicate and interact with their environments, to creating thought-controlled computers that

augment the brain with computing power. A group of researchers at Columbia are turning that model on its ear, using brain power to augment computing tasks. Their device couples the human brain and computers to perform tasks neither could do as efficiently on their own.

The device, known as C3Vision (cortically coupled computer vision) taps into the fast processing power of the brain to help computer programs manage complex problem, particularly those posed by image recognition. An electroencephalogram (EEG) cap on the head of a human user is used to detect neurological signals in the brain. The computer then flashes images up on the screen at a rate of about ten per second. The conscious brain doesn’t even have time to adequately consider each image, but the subconscious is hard at work.

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4 Comments on "New Brain-Machine Interface Taps Human Smarts to Enhance Computers’ Abilities"

  1. michael c macdonald | December 17, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply

    but as these are linked to a satalite, wouldnt this be perfect tech for outer space exploration

  2. michael c macdonald | December 16, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply

    and also is it possible that it could be manipulated in any way making the brain think in dimensions if in the wrong hands

  3. michael c macdonald | December 16, 2011 at 9:54 am | Reply

    police force that should say,sorry

  4. michael c macdonald | December 16, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply

    if someone had this fitted without there knowledge what tests could they do to find out if they did have one,and if so,who would have the keyboard or computer to monitor tech,olice force e,g, armed forces. just curious

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