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Mind Reading Technology: What Does This Mean for the Web?

By: Mike Awada. If you haven’t heard the amazing news today, scientists have discovered how to tap into electrical signals in the brain, and decode these signals into words.

“By looking only at maps of electrical activity in the human brain, scientists were able to tell which words a person was listening to. The discovery is a major step toward being able to โ€œhearโ€ the thoughts of people who canโ€™t speak.”

Scientists studied patients with epilepsy or brain tumors, and had electrodes attached to the surface of their brains. They had participants listen to about 50 different sounds in the form of words and sentences, both real and fake, such as “jazz,” “peace,” “Waldo,” “fook’ and “nim.”

“After mapping out the brain’s electrical responses to each sound, the research team found that they could predict which of two sounds from the study set the brain was responding to, and they could do it with about 90 percent accuracy.”

While this is fantastic news for those incapable of communicating verbally, this also has some big implications for the domain industry, and the internet as a whole.

No longer will we have to manually type in lists of thousands of words, only to discover that they have all already been registered.

No longer will we wonder “What this hell is this guy thinking asking $XXXX for TunisianBobsledSeatCovers.org?”

No longer will Google have to subtly monitor our search habits to compile a profile to provide us with targeted ads, they can just listen in!

What implications do you see this technology having for online consumers, domainers, and casual internet users as a whole?

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4 Comments

  • I see that you thought too long on that idea/domain. I just regged it!! But, if you’d like to make an offer for it.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    (“No way, it’s worth more!!”)

  • I can’t wait to use it on Frank Schilling, Rick Schwartz and Kevin Ham.

    I won’t use it on Owen Frager.

    The machine might blow up.

    ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @Kevin- Why didn’t I think of that! Oh wait a minute…damnit.

    @Trico- Lol yeah if you read the article’s fine print, it stated there is a risk when attaching the sensors to certain brain types.

    @Eric- Wow, I can’t believe all these years I’ve been wasting my time on the unreliable computer generated responses of Google!

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