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MIT student creates device that can listen to your thoughts and has access to the internet

The revolutionary device was created by Arnav Kapur of MIT and could pave the way for future communication.

MIT student creates device that can listen to your thoughts and has access to the internet
Cover Image Source: YouTube | MIT Media Lab

A wearable headset allowing users to communicate with technology without even speaking a word could revolutionize future communication. Arnav Kapur created a device called AlterEgo, a wearable headset designed to change the way we interact with technology. This device records signals when a user hears or thinks of something and this information, in turn, is sent to the machines which use the internet to find answers to what the user is thinking of, reported CNBC. Wearing the device is like having Google in your head, with access to anything on the internet. The highlight of the feature is that the user doesn't need to speak, type, or make any tangible effort for the device to work. You just have to think of something and the device will search the internet for you and then it will feed the answer back into your brain via skull vibrations through your inner ear. 


Arnav said the answer presents itself in a voice similar to the person's inner voice and that too without interfering with their usual auditory perception. The device can search for information, solve math equations and answer all kinds of questions that arise in your mind. MIT Media lab explained that this enables human-computer interaction that is subjectively done internally and is like speaking to yourself. "This enables a user to transmit and receive streams of information to and from a computing device or any other person without any observable action, in discretion, without unplugging the user from her environment, without invading the user's privacy," the organization adds. In a video demonstrating the device, Arnav is asked a super difficult maths question that he is able to solve in next to no time with the help of the device.


To showcase other uses of the device, he is asked to name the capital of Bulgaria and the population of the region as well, which he answers without any problem as well. The inventor shared that the idea behind his device is to have the entire internet within your head. Another focus of the device is also to help those who have been diagnosed with speech disorders and make communication easier for people with neurological disorders. The primary focus of the device is to support communication for people who have been diagnosed with conditions like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and MS (multiple sclerosis) as per MIT. 


"Beyond that, the system has the potential to seamlessly integrate humans and computers - such that computing, the Internet, and AI would weave into our daily life as a 'second self' and augment our cognition and abilities," the institution adds The new device is truly brilliant and is bound to help people by a great measure. The device also shows how far we've come from a technological standpoint and how computers are gradually becoming a part of us. But this also gives rise to the question, if our thoughts can access the internet, will it be possible for the internet to access the brain? Until then, we can appreciate the device that will make life easier for millions of people. 

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