IBM Predicts: Mind Reading Computers

Dec 21, 2011Breaking Newzzz

Mind boggling.

Let me tell you what I don’t need for Christmas or anytime soon: a computer that reads my mind. If you know my writing style, well, imagine that is the toned down version from what’s in my head. A mind reading computer sounds way too dangerous for my likings. Come on. Don’t you think we are stepping into dangerous territory? IBM researchers are studying how to link a person’s brain to a device like a smartphone or laptop, “so you would just need to think about calling someone, and it happens.” Imagine how many single women will find themselves between a rock and a hard place when that comes to fruition. After one date, girls tend to obsess on next steps. “Why hasn’t he called me? Should I call him?” And lo and behold your friggen MAC Book Pro will dial up your wanna-be betrothed (ten times) and fuck things up.

“Imagine your phone knowing that your favorite band is coming to town, and to put tickets on hold for you to purchase,” said IBM. Concerts are kind of annoying, so who needs my phone or laptop to think about such things? Is that what I am paying it for? To guilt me into doing things or going places when I am happy being the curmudgeon that I am? What I do not want is reminiscent of this movie clip taken from 2001: A Space Odyssey where Keir Dullea and Hal, the computer, get into a life-threatening, battle-of-the-wits tiff.

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