China Moves One Step Closer to Cyborg Future With New Mind-Reading Chip
Developers have high hopes for the technology, which they say could be used in everything from healthcare and education to security, gaming and entertainment.
Engineers from China Electronics Corporation and Tianjin University have created a chip known as the Brain Talker, with the device said to be capable of reading human brainwave activity and efficiently translating it to enable users to control a computer.
The technology, known as a ‘brain-computer interface’, or BCI, has been theorised for many decades, and has featured prominently in science fiction and techno-thriller books and films such as Neuromancer, Firefox, Ghost in the Shell, and Robocop.
Now, Chinese engineers and academics have apparently taken the next step and actually created a working BCI device, with the Brain Talker debuting at the Third Annual World Intelligence Congress in Tianjin last month.
Ming Dong, director of Tianjin University’s Academy of Medical Engineering & Translational Medicine, explained that the Brain Talker chip works by identifying minor nerve information generated by the cerebral cortex, and decoding this information to enable communication between a user’s brain and a computer.