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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Microsoft wants to read your mind

The New Scientist is reporting that a Microsoft patent application reveals the company's desires to read your mind to extract your thoughts while you are working at your PC. According to the article
"it is hard to properly evaluate the way people interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers." Microsoft wants to employ electroencephalograms (EEGs) to read electrical signals within the brain and has devised a method "of filtering EEG data in such a way that it separates useful cognitive information from the not-so-useful non-cognitive stuff." Considering all of the potential things one could be doing with one's PC... they may not like what they see inside of every ones head!