Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 10th Oct 2011 19:55 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Within the last few days we read the news about Apple's Siri AI personal assistant, and about a brain implant that lets monkeys control virtual limps & feel virtual objects. I believe that if someone is to also combine a few more technologies (e.g. high-res eyeware, appropriate operating system changes), we will be looking at the next user interface revolution, after the inventions of the computer mouse and touch interfaces.
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RE[3]: a load of garbage
by Laurence on Tue 11th Oct 2011 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: a load of garbage"
Laurence
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2007-03-26

This is a common and completely incorrect assumption about how the human motor control (movement) system functions. The body's motions are controlled by continuous feedback loops provided by muscles, nerves and the motor cortex not by conscious thought. Movement is only consciously controlled when we initially learn a new task. Conscious thought is only used to initiate a movement eg the desire to go and get a cup of coffee. The actual movements are essentially an automated process.


In fact mind control is extremely tiring because there are no real feedback loops. It is equivalent to being perpetually stucK at the ability level of your first driving lesson.

The only realistic use for mind control or voice control is to allow disabled people to perform simple tasks.


I wasn't aware of much of that either. Thank you.

One thing I will add, is that even in the case of disabled where the subject is an amputee, it's more likely that any 'thought control' would be controlled via the nervous system using the impulses for the limbs they no longer have.

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RE[4]: a load of garbage
by unclefester on Tue 11th Oct 2011 07:17 in reply to "RE[3]: a load of garbage"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

Try to move your hand exactly 1mm by conscious thought - it is virtually impossible. However you can effortlessly do far more precise movements such as placing a mouse on a specific screen pixel when you have continuous positive and negative feedback from stretch receptors in muscles, pressure sensors in your fingertips and visual input.

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