A new device that’s weirdly strapped to your face allows you to interact with your computer or mobile device through subvocalization (the practice of silently saying words in your head). Of course there are a million reasons why this is a TERRIBLE idea, but so far, the system has been used for relatively harmless things: navigating a Roku, asking for the time, adding up the cost of your groceries, and reporting your opponent’s moves in chess to get optimal counter moves via the computer – all in utter silence.
The MIT system has electrodes that pick up the signals when you verbalize internally as well as bone-conduction headphones, which use vibrations delivered to the bones of your inner ear without obstructing your ear canal. The signals are sent to a computer that uses neural networks to distinguish words.
It’s all witchcraft to me, of course, but watch the video below and maybe you’ll understand what we’re all going to be doing in the not-too-distant future.
AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers—such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a “second self” and augment human cognition and abilities.
Sooooo…. Cyborg James St James? Why not?