Intel wants to stick chips in your brain



By the year 2020, you won’t need a keyboard and mouse to control your computer, say Intel Corp. researchers. Instead, users will open documents and surf the Web using nothing more than their brain waves.


Scientists at Intel’s research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people’s brains.


Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau and his research teammates from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, are currently working on decoding human brain activity.


Pomerleau said the team has used Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) machines to determine that blood flow changes in specific areas of the brain based on what word or image someone is thinking of. People tend to show the same brain patterns for similar thoughts, he added.


Pomerleau said researchers are close to gaining the ability to build brain sensing technology into a head set that could be used to manipulate a computer. The next step is development of a tiny, far less cumbersome sensor that could be implanted inside the brain.



harness:動詞,利用;控制;駕馭。例句:The skills required to harness new technical innovations are growing every day. (利用新科技創新生產的技能每天都在增長。)

implant:動詞,植入;移植;灌輸;注入。例句:Teachers implant sound principles in the mind of children. (老師把健全的原則灌輸到兒童心中)

cumbersome :形容詞,麻煩的;笨重的。例句: his cumbersome writing style.(他沉重的寫作風格。)

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