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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Israeli Student Behind Mind Reading Technology

Not many Israelis end up in "mind control" programmes according to some statistics collected by the Targeted Individuals Canada. Only one Israeli was listed and another was put in the programme for espousing anti Israeli views.

An Israeli student is at the forefront of technology which is being developed to read people's thoughts. Although the technology already exists from research projects in America and Russia.

In the article, Real-life Avatar: The first mind-controlled robot surrogate:

An Israeli student has become the first person to meld his mind and movements with a robot surrogate, or avatar. Situated inside an fMRI scanner in Israel, Tirosh Shapira has controlled a humanoid robot some 2000 kilometers (1250 miles) away, at the Béziers Technology Institute in France, using just his mind. The fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) reads his thoughts, a computer translates those thoughts into commands, and then those commands are sent across the internet to the robot in France. The system requires training: On its own, an fMRI can simply see the real-time blood flow in your brain. Training teaches the system that a particular “thought” (blood flow pattern) equates to a certain command. In this case, when Shapira thinks about moving forward or backward, the robot moves forward or backward; when Shapira thinks about moving one of his hands, the robot surrogate turns in that direction.

... This area of research — robot surrogates — is of particular interest for two reasons: a) The military would love to send robots into battle, rather than soldiers, and b) Paralyzed, locked-in, and vegetative people could use robots to interact with the world, effectively replacing their damaged body with a shiny new robot. In recent years, lots of research has shown that many of these people still have perfectly functional brains — it’s just a matter of connecting them up to a working physical body.

Both the militaristic and medicinal applications will require a lot more research, though. In this case, an fMRI scanner (a huge and expensive piece of equipment) is used because it’s more accurate than an EEG — but moving forward, improved software might allow the use of an EEG, or perhaps head-mounted fNIRS (functional near-infrared spectroscopy) could be used. On the robotics side of the equation, a lot of work is being done to create robots are remarkably human-like, such as Boston Dynamics’ Petman, Kawada Industries’ HRP-4, and Meka Robotics’ anime head (videos embedded below).

Who knows, in a few years, you might be able to slip a brain-computer interface over your head (or perhaps your Google Glass will have a built-in BCI?), lean back, and control a robot avatar that could be anywhere in the world — or galaxy. With enough sensory feedback (if something touches the robot, you should feel it too), you could travel the world every night after work — or, my personal favorite, engage in robot vs. robot deathmatches.

America beat the Israelis on controlling robots with the human mind. From a Brazilian lab research on computer and brain interfaces:

Nicolelis MAL, Chapin JK. Controlling robots with the mind. Scientific American 287: 24-31, October 2002.


The future is laid out for us. Humans will be interacting with computers. This is called transhumanism. It is a gross form of disobedience to the Laws of the God of Israel to link up human brains to computers. We are not even allowed to have a tattoo according to the Torah let alone a computer brain.

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