The next step will be to develop brain-computer interfaces that augment the visual cortex, the best-understood part of the brain. This would boost our spatial visualisation and manipulation capabilities. Imagine being able to imagine a complex blueprint with high reliability and detail, or to learn new blueprints quickly. There will also be augmentations that focus on other portions of sensory cortex, like tactile cortex and auditory cortex. (Gizmodo)
IBM and the XPrize organization have opened registration and set guidelines to competing for a $5 million purse to those interested in building advanced AI-based applications that could address the world’s biggest issues – everything from clean water to better energy resources. According to IBM and XPrize, the four-year competition aims to “accelerate adoption of AI technologies, and spark creative, innovative and audacious demonstrations of the technology that are truly scalable and solve societal grand challenges (Networkworld).
And what are some of those big challenges?
6. Brain-Computer Interface ("Mind over Matter") - Enable high function, minimally invasive brain to computer interfaces that can turn thought into action.
A new poll released on July 26 found that 34 percent of Americans are enthusiastic about having a computer chip implanted in their healthy brains in order to improve their concentration. (Opposingviews)
The US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to develop a working mind-computer interface, as we’ve written here before. But what uses would such technology have? One possible application would be better, faster, and more accurate vehicle control. Plugging in a brain into a plane, for example, would eliminate the time delay and error potential in using muscles to control a joystick. (iHLS)
Ann Arbor startup excites investors with technology that uses brain activity to control software, objects
An old-school request for some show-and-tell — which led to a 14-year-old boy controlling a motorized Lego car with his mind — has led to a commitment of at least $285,000 from a prominent national angel investor group in Neurable Inc., a University of Michigan spinoff that has quickly become the most-talked-about startup on the local tech scene. (Crain's Detroit Business)