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The titans of Silicon Valley say that the brain-computer interface revolution is coming, and neurotech devices will soon meld mind and machine, allowing us to communicate effortlessly with our computers — and even one another — just by using our thoughts.

But I believe their prognostications aren’t likely to come to fruition anytime soon.

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  • Caltech recently announced combining a high resolution ultrasound device with AI to read thoughts in a non-invasive way.
    Ultrasound devices are pretty small, too. If you do away with the monitor and directly feed the data to a computer or server via wifi, it could, in theory, be no larger than a VR headset. If you combine brain interfaces with the right software/hardware solutions, there is an ever growing VR market willing to pay for that. That is what is needed in order to fuel development. Non-invasive + marketability.

  • Interesting articole because at least is focused on the skepticism as announced in the title. But after reading it I have 2 questions: before any significant advancement in technology or science, there was always a claim that it is not possible; people that did the work, did so even if it might have been a failure; inspite of all odds and “wise” advice that it is a lost battle already so wouldn’t considering this change the tone of the article?

    • Yes when the “experts” in their field cannot see the AI advanced that are happening these days.

  • It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

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