Mind control technology exists, but it needs work


David and I are visiting a company called Emotiv. Emotiv wants to build technology that can channel our brain waves into real world commands. I think we’re on the cusp of a type of brain augmentation that will transform the way that we are as humans. Tan Le is the founder of Emotiv. And the way she describes her company’s goal is… kind of science fictiony. We’re applying science to make the F orce come alive. What Emotiv is doing is an extremely long way off from any of this stuff. But it’s the very beginning of something big, with the promise that one day, our thoughts could control the objects around us. Can I put it on your head? Yeah. Ok, here we go. So we can see here what parts of your brain are most excited, are most active. Emotiv’s headset works by first learning a pattern of your brain waves. Any pattern; you choose it. Next, I want you to think of a thought that you’re going to use to control this cube and push it away into the distance.
Is there a certain type of thought that… It can be any thought. Something that you think you can reimagine as accurately as possible later on on command.
Ready and go. The computer records his brain activity while he thinks that thought. How’d that go? Uh. I guess we’ll find out. Now, when the computer sees the same brain pattern, it will move the cube. Ohhhp, ohhhp. Ayyy! Ok whatever you did that time was definitely…. That’s weird. Huh? The weirdest thing is, to your suggestion, imagine yourself pushing the cube. So imagined a little me inside of this box pushing this cube, and now it’s just… So now we know what your brain looks like when you’re imagining a little you pushing a cube. Pushing this… The same process can be used to move basically anything. So we’re going to give it a try. Yeah. I think you can do it. Uh. Ok. There you go! Mini-you is doing well! Now I’ve lost control of it. Ok, there we go. There we go. Wow, ok, ok. Think of Emotiv’s technology like a simple yes/no or on/off switch you can program. Sort of like a universal remote control. Tan Le imagines a scenario where you could teach the headset to recognize several different brain patterns. There are really no limits to the kinds of things that we can control. We can do anything from turning on your TV, to program your TV channels, Netflix turning on and off the lights, and the most powerful thing is all you’re using is your brain. You can do all of that simply by thinking. Emotiv’s goal is a world where headsets like this are everywhere, maybe embedded in a hat or a pair of glasses. But it’s crucial to understand the limits of where this technology currently is. It’s not the Force.
Some of the claims are overblown. It’s different than the force, in that your brain thoughts by themselves are not causing a physical interaction with an object.
Virginia de Sa is a cognitive science professor at UC San Diego. She’s an expert in brain computer
interfaces. She says the technology is promising, but still in its infancy. What you can’t do right now is you can’t say, “I think I want light on,” and turn the light on, or think “I want the TV on” to turn the TV on. or think I want the dishwasher on and turn the dishwasher on. She also says the technology is easily overhyped. Last year Emotiv released a video of a paraplegic man driving a Formula 1 car, using just his brain and an Emotiv headset. The video went viral, partly because of how impressive it made the technology seem. But De Sa says we should be skeptical of what we’re seeing here. You can’t drive a car with your brain, and the driver in this video was probably only controlling certain elements.
Likely, In the case of the car, the car is taking care of maintaining speed, staying in the lane, avoiding hitting anything. And Emotiv’s headsets actually have a long way to go in just recording brain signals accurately. Think of how jerky the movement was when David tried to move that block. Specific brain signals can be really difficult to capture, and even with the latest EEG technology, we can’t see them quite clearly. It’s like looking at something through the shower glass where it’s frosted glass and it’s blurring everything out.
Still, the capabilities are enough that companies are developing systems to allow so-called Neurogamers to compete with their thoughts. And similar tech developed in other labs allows people to control artificial limbs with their minds. And maybe there’s more ahead. People like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and the entrepreneur Brian Johnson are developing brain control technology. Facebook is talking about a system where we will type with our thoughts. It sounds impossible, but it’s closer than you may realize. These are big names, with big money. But remember, right now, what the technology actually does is still pretty basic. Well, there you go! Still, the potential for harnessing the power of human thought is definitely exciting. And if the technology improves, one day, it could be big. I think that this moment, it’s an extremely exciting frontier that can truly transform our understanding of ourselves and also change the way we perceive our own limits as humans as well.

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49 thoughts on “Mind control technology exists, but it needs work

  1. I've had the works on hard-/direct-to-mind kill-op since c.May/June2011. Dream choreography hypnopaedia & somatic & autonomic hits a thousand & more times/day, & the pain signals for trigeminal/migrainous neuralgia, & direct to vis cortex & masses more. UK NE & DL.

  2. This channel is amazing, provides highly informative & interesting content each & every time, needs atleast 10 million more subscribers

  3. my problem is the dentist bugged my tooth with a micro speaker. and I think it uses bone conduction tech so that only I can hear the sounds across the room. The dentist lies to me about it and I can prove it if you just listen to my story and x-ray my tooth. They are trying to drive me crazy with lies and scary talks. but because I had schizophrenia before I was bugged nobody is believing my story. It's not a hallucination and it's not a delusion. it is not my thoughts. I do not have a feeling of making the sound. and the voices make perfect sense when they talk. They talk all of the time for over 3 years. i cried for help to the doctors and police and everyone in my town just thinks its my imagination because they do not believe tiny speakers are possible to exist.

  4. say for example i say a screen menu non touch screen as a menu at mcdonalds i put on the headset i think cheese burger and fries and cola and pay, and tap my payment card and get my table number and then a drone comes flying over to the table with my meal in 5 minutes

  5. I don't believe man will be able to control other humans with just their brain. For now we have to use the Holy Spirit as an in between. It would be too much power to give man now. I would be a little upset with Jesus if he let me be controlled by others. We can practice with animals though.

  6. 5:11 Why would I want to type with my thoughts if i could directly talk with my thoughts. Using a speaker… Or directly to the recipient/s

  7. Lol so who do you think is driving your car you or your brain technically you're steering the car not driving and your brain is doin the rest!!

  8. No its scary because company's, cia and darpa are corroborating on human subjects ie the unwilling human expirements on the population. To map out the brain and to use Ai in this processes of data colecting and to the quantum computer which is the data storage Matrix.Its sounds crazy but its real.

  9. Heres how obummer say this in a ex order 13707 using behavioral Sience insight to better serve the American people. Or ex order 13691 promoting Private Sector Cybersercurity infomation sharing.
    Or creating a national straegic computing initive.

  10. This is brilliant for accessibility. I'm so happy. Talking to an object is cool but it's annoying. I've used voice technology to code and make commands to my computer but it's tiring after a while. I hope there is a break through with this soon. I'd love to try it.

    Furthermore, I wonder how meditators are able to use this technology as they have more concise brain waves I'd assume.

  11. Long term usage is going to affect the brains signals in how determine our own body functions. Neurotransmitters will start reacting in longer distances. with the object. Only then will our brains act as antenna's to the object. Please remind these companies to think this through before allowing these products to prevent harm long term use should be carefully documented. I hate to say this but science is great but if this gets into wrong hands it's gonna be an issue . Children will be raised on super power mind set and it will cause chaos . The world does not need this. It's not natural and it will become a danger and threat the possibilities will keep evolving. This will be in the hands of sick people and the children don't need to grow up to this. It's not right. Please this is fascinating I've commuted I am now schizophrenic because i used for long time. I had a mini stroke . I was part of a study. So I warn you

  12. Year 2025 Human brain simulations are becoming possible

    The first complete simulation of a single neuron was perfected in 2005. This was followed by a neocortical column with 10,000 neurons in 2008; then a cortical mesocircuit with 1,000,000 neurons in 2011. Mouse brain simulations, containing tens of million of neurons, were later achieved.

    By 2025, the exponential growth of data has made it possible to form accurate models of every part of the human brain and its 100 billion neurons.** Between 2000 and 2025, there was a millionfold increase in computational power, together with vastly improved scanning resolution and bandwidth. Much like the Human Genome Project, there were many in the scientific community who doubted that the brain could be mapped so quickly. Once again, they failed to account for the exponential (rather than linear) growth of information technology.

    Although it's now possible to scan and map a complete human brain down to the neuron level, analysing the enormous volumes of data it contains and using that to fully understand its workings will take much longer. Nonetheless, this represents a major milestone in neurology and leads to increased funding towards various brain-related ailments.

  13. Year 2023 Brain implants to restore lost memories

    By now, it's becoming possible to replicate small areas of the brain with "neural prostheses" in order to repair damage from Alzheimer's, stroke or injury. This includes the restoration of lost memories. These devices can mimic the electrochemical signals from regions like the hippocampus (involved in consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory, as well as spatial navigation).

    Experiments were initially conducted on rodents,* then monkeys,* before moving to human volunteers.* After years of clinical studies, the process can now be safely performed in hospitals. Electrode arrays are first used to record the activity of healthy brain tissue. The unique patterns responsible for creating memories are detected and stored by a computer. These patterns are then used to predict what the "downstream" damaged areas should be doing. Finally, the desired activity in healthy areas can be replicated by stimulating brain cells with electrodes. The neural prosthesis therefore bridges the gap from healthy to damaged areas.

    A combination of these memory implants and drugs can treat early dementia and memory loss. In patients with advanced Alzheimer's, however, the neural signals are usually too degraded for a successful outcome. Nevertheless, this new treatment is a significant step forward in understanding the brain. Eventually, it will be possible to mimic entire regions – bypassing the hippocampus, for example – with complex functions being replaced entirely by electrode signals. Further into the future, as neural implants continue to improve in power, this will pave the way for uploading of minds into computer substrates.*

  14. Year 2020 Texting by thinking

    In addition to 5G, phones are now available with the option of texting by thought power alone.* This is achieved by a combination of eye-tracking technology and a sensor-mounted headset worn by the user. The headset contains a wireless brain-machine interface, which detects electrical brain waves and converts them into digital signals, then displays the resulting letters on-screen.*

    Some high-end models can be used with glasses or visors featuring displays built into their lenses. This enables completely hands-free texting, creating a form of virtual telepathy. The process is relatively slow at this stage, requiring a high degree of mental concentration. It is more of a novelty for now. However, advances in subsequent years enable smooth and fast interactions, revolutionising the world of communication.

  15. Yuck!
    It’s the Dod’s, England’s, France, Germany and Russia militaries…hydrazine or methyl urea(idk)on your back and neck, high frequency sound speech you can hear at distance but think are thoughts and they torture your thoughts in a game of reverse thoughts(opinions), to try and make you feel crazy…ie cray computer Loki martin etc……yea painful torture with n2h4 and schistosomiasis are worse though…tuff times… gay, racist, phosphorous goldenretriever freak show warlord ppl runnnnning the world. No parties no good lookin, no lookin good 👎

  16. Mind control is real.

    Goes both ways
    They do not! Like the N word!
    Pretty sure my alien is black.

    Recommend singing
    24/7 they can't control you
    If you can't hear them

  17. If you can't drive a car if your brain how would you think to drive then if you're going to turn to the left or the right or stop speed up see what I mean

  18. It is not applicable as of now because we cannot keep our mind silent. If we train our mind, then it's easy to map commands to the application and use it to control things in real life.
    It only depends on the user using it and not the headset. The eeg headset it as awesome as it is, we just need to tune out thought process and then the science fiction is going to be a reality.

  19. They have the technology to steal your memory. From the beginning when you were born till present. While using the memories that they stole they use it against you making you hear voices and control your feelings and make images pop up in your mind. Whoever controls the mind controls the soul. They “the U.S.” have perfected the art of mind control. I strongly believe that we are not at war because of mind control

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