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Can a mind control a machine ? Can a machine control a mind ? Can a mind control another mind through a machine ? Explore all these fascinating possibilities in a slidedeck that I had presented at the PricewaterhouseCoopers Technology Forecast in Calcutta

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Thought control

  1. 1. Thought Control Prithwis Mukerjee, PhD Praxis Business School, Calcutta Technology Forecast 2013 Calcutta : September 26
  2. 2. From Forecasts to Reality ❖ Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people. - GBS ❖ But those who can visualise a new reality are vastly outnumbered by those who cannot ❖ The gap between what can be imagined and what can be accomplished has never been smaller ➢ we can now walk backward from our imagination rather than walk forward from the existing past
  3. 3. 1977 : Firefox : Science Fiction A military thriller about a thought controlled Russian aircraft that was hijacked by an ace American pilot who had the unique ability to “think” in Russian and hence could command the aircraft to fly and fight
  4. 4. Thought Controlled WheelChairs When we perform a physical action, neurons in the brain generate minute electric signals that travel along nerves till they reach the right area of the body where motor neurons activate the necessary muscles to complete the action. In the case of neuromuscular disease the signals are still being sent, but the body cannot translate them into actual muscle action. This problem is solved by intercepting signals from the brain and sending them to the wheelchair.
  5. 5. Paraplegic uses mind-controlled robotic arm to feed herself A quadriplegic woman, who hasn’t been able to use her arms, legs, or any muscles below her neck for nine years, has used a mind-controlled robotic arm to perform actions with an unprecedented level of dexterity that approaches the human arm
  6. 6. Thought Controlled Games see more such movies at 8 Mind-blowing Gadgets You Can Control Just With Your Brain
  7. 7. Simple in Concept
  8. 8. Devil is in the Detail Hardware ● That pick up electrical signals from the brain without impacting health and convenience of user Software ● algorithms that can decide which signal to use, decode its meaning. Bio Medical Engineering Data Analytics
  9. 9. The Next Step
  10. 10. Man moves rat tail with thoughts a Harvard Medical School research team has whipped up a way for a human brain to control a rat's brain. This so-called brain-to- brain interface enables a human subject to move a rat's tail without getting wires plugged into her head.
  11. 11. Brain-to-Brain Contact in Humans
  12. 12. The WWW had humble beginnings ! One of the first computer networking successes was in 1940, when George Stibitz used a teletype machine (seen above) to send data to a remote complex number calculator.
  13. 13. Looking Ahead Technology can only improve ● Smaller and more sensitive devices to communicate with brain ● Smarter, better software to trap and decode signals But what about the ethical aspects ? ● Can a person control another persons thoughts, actions, ideas ? ● Should he or she be allowed to ?
  14. 14. Question for YOU, in the audience Do you believe that in the next 50 years, human minds will be as “connected” as today’s computers are in the world wide web ? SMS “YES” or “NO” to me at 98310 xxxxx ! If you include your name and organisation, then I shall acknowledge your vote with a “thank you” :-)
  15. 15. this presentation is publicly accessible at Prithwis Mukerjee, PhD., Program Director, Business Analytics Praxis Business School. Calcutta. Thank You