How does the brain compute language? Will it turn us into cyborgs?

Though neurology has made great strides in the past two decades, the brain is still the least understood organ in the body. How does it make thoughts? Even though research has not yet answered that question, a few intrepid scientists think that we will soon be able to communicate with machines using only our minds.

A recent New York Times article explains that this ambitious project is more straight-forward than it sounds, because the area of the brain that helps us talk is relatively small, only a few centimeters.  It is called Broca’s area after the neurologist Pierre Paul Broca who discovered that his patients with speech problems had lesions in the brain in this highly concentrated region. Broca’s area sits on the left side of the brain toward the front.

(Does brain ever confuse language with sight? Yes, it’s called synesthesia. Read more about it here.)

To put it simply, Broca’s area transforms thoughts into words. Even though other regions of the brain are  important because they allow us to understand pictures, to move our right hand, to remember what our mom looks like, when it comes to “reading your mind” only the language region matters. For example, when you say, “I went to the store yesterday” your brain may recall an image of the store, and you might think about moving your legs or picking up bananas, but the words you use come out of Broca’s area exclusively. Because thoughts are envisioned as language in our brains, a computer chip or external device only has to read that small spot, not the whole brain.

A team at Dartmouth has already developed an external device (meaning not inside your head) based on EEG signals. When worn, the contraption can call up an image of a particular figure from a pre-programmed list of possibilities. If you think Bill Clinton, a picture of Bill Clinton will appear on your phone. The team hopes to develop this technology into a sort of app that allows you to dial your phone just by thinking of a name in your address book.

What do you think about reading our brains?

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The Mirror (London, England) October 8, 2008 EBAY users reported 4,550 crimes to 36 of 52 police forces last year, figures show.

That’s nearly one every hour. But with some forces unable to supply stats, the figure for the UK is estimated to be about 8,400. see here how to report a scam

Theft, stolen goods, fraud and deception were the most common, with burglary, assault, possession of firearms, harassment and arson also linked to the auction site.

Hampshire took the most calls in England at 457 followed by Wiltshire (420), Leicester (386) and Kent (311). go to website how to report a scam

Steve Edwards of eBay said they were training 2,000 officers in internet fraud which meant more crimes were being reported. He said: “This year, we have seen a 15 per cent reduction in customers having a bad experience.”


  1. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  November 25, 2013 - 6:31 am

    Creepy. I’m not sure I like the idea of phones reading your mind. What if somebody else sees the phone? And, like OnceInABlueMoon commented, what if you’re thinking multiple things at once? What if you’re thinking of a sound, like replaying a song in your head? On a side note, I don’t think we’ll ever be able to understand how we think. I would like to know whether there are any animals that think, and if so, what species, and how complicated are their thoughts (i.e., do they think “Hunt. Pack hunt. Hunt now.” or do they think “Where is that rabbit burrow I saw earlier?”?)

  2. OnceInABlueMoon -  April 12, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    This is an interesting idea to consider. What if you are thinking multiple things at once? How would the phone produce sound?

  3. Mark D. Livingston -  March 29, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Wow! I am super encouraged. I am guardian to my 7 year old nephew who has autism. I wonder, if this would be a new kind of assistive technology for those in the autism world that can’t communicate. My nephew also has a seizure disorder, commonly associated with autism. I pray that this makes the advances that it needs to help people.

  4. Kablooie man -  February 4, 2012 - 7:35 pm

    I… want… to… read… MINDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ablooie man -  December 9, 2011 - 6:47 am

    this is weird, if somebody could hack ur computer, they could read ur mind! and find ur deepest darkest sewcrets, i want it

  6. Nilooooyessss! -  November 18, 2011 - 11:41 am

    @ Vicki: I was reading your message and my phone started dialing YOU!!!

  7. Oasis1959 -  November 18, 2011 - 9:56 am

    I am reminded of a statement made by Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park. He said ” You were so focused on could you do it, you never thought should we do it.’

  8. Aweosmeee -  October 31, 2011 - 4:10 pm

    i was thinking about the same matter its conffusing and simple at the same time. the fact that our brain can transfer and create these thoughts so ‘cool’ :P its not something people really think about but when you do it will confuse you XD ive been thinking pictures= words colours = words thoughts com in words

  9. Hannah C. -  October 28, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    I think it’s an awesome idea… though it’d be pretty awkward if you start thinking about, say, your crush, and then your phone just randomly (for them) calls them.

  10. Ivan -  October 28, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    YES!!! This will end the world!!!!
    Its almost like nuclear bombs! I want one please?!

  11. vick -  October 28, 2011 - 10:25 am

    that sounds pretty cool, i want it

  12. beast -  October 27, 2011 - 5:20 pm

    I think this could be a good idea but if we get anymore advanced in brain communication we might be able to read each others minds… and that could be DANGEROUS!

  13. Jammin4Jesus -  October 26, 2011 - 12:01 pm


    Seeing that my response to Archon is “so lame”, I would like to see your explanation refuting what I said to Archon.

    I know you said you wouldn’t touch it with a 13 billion light year long pole, however, I would love to see your rebuke of my comments.

    I think it is appropriate to point out what is “so lame” in one’s response and then explain why it is lame. Otherwise, it may insinuate that you lack the ability to refute one’s “lame” response in a mature and knowledgeable manner.



  14. Carlitos -  October 23, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    And as far as CrossBlood’s response to Archon, I’d say that his thinking is so constrained to fit inside his chosen mythology that he’ll never get it either.

    Free thought: Not just for the secular anymore. Try it for yourself!

  15. Carlitos -  October 23, 2011 - 7:16 pm

    I haven’t chuckled so well on a post on this blog for some time, since reading Jammin4Jesus response to Archon.

    It’s the kind of response that is so lame on so many levels you just can’t even begin to touch it, even with a pole 13 billion light years long.

  16. Pia -  October 21, 2011 - 9:19 am

    Wish we had more conclusive data.

  17. CrossBlood -  October 20, 2011 - 5:36 pm

    You pose many supportive facts, yet you also stand in a hypocritical state of being, as you say God held the “Stuff that wasn’t dust”, then released it to form us in…13 billion years? Excuse me, and correct me if I am wrong, but the Bible says that God a) SPOKE reality, the heavens and the earth, and all upon it, into existence, including humans, in 6 days, with a day of rest. And b) if you are one of those who say the “days” weren’t 24 hour day, your correct. The original writing of the Bible, Hebrew, uses the word Yom in this time, saying the “day” of Hebrews, sun up to sundown. And as for us being inperfect, of course we are! We fell from God’s gracious gift of perfection in Genesis, amidst the Garden of Eden. If we were perfect, what would have then been the purpose of Jesus’s death, in which he was supposed to offer us grace, a way to be forgiven. Not perfect, as perfection needs not a God of grace, but the gift of forgiveness, giving us a need for a God like we have.

  18. Jammin4Jesus -  October 20, 2011 - 5:18 pm


    Interesting. “Narrow minded fool…naive…egotistical”. Pretty harsh words from someone who doesn’t want to come across as “judgmental or harsh”. But it doesn’t bother me, actually, I find it quite cool to be derisioned like that for my faith which I didn’t even mention. It means you could tell that there was something different about me, and boy that’s great!!

    Anyway, to discuss the previous topics, obviously the god you serve and the God I serve are at the complete opposite ends of the spectrum. You define your god as a supercomputer. The thing about computers is they have NO feelings and can in no way have a relationship with anything. The God I serve is immanent, He is personal, He has feelings, and He desires a relationship with whoever will repent and surrender his/her life to Him. Therefore, my God is NOT a “supercomputer” and never could be defined as one, because it is opposite of His entire character. For example, He is defined AS love, which can be a feeling and it is also an action. Computers cannot “love” either through feeling or action. Just to get that settled. :)

    And as for me using science to justify my “religious dogma”, I mentioned nothing about religion. I am NOT religious, religion is hooey. Many so-called Christians have a religion with Christ instead of a relationship with Him. I strive to do different, because a religion will get you nowhere.

    Yes, I do realize that most of everything is just “space” and the reason we don’t fall on the floor when we sit on our couch is because there’s enough resistance between me and my couch to keep me from falling through the couch. However, space is not all-powerful, so it had to have a beginning right? Well, who invented space? You would say God, but God did not just hold it there and then let it go like a hot-potato. My God spoke space into existence, and it just was (He’s really cool like that you know) ;). And He also created the earth and all that is in it in six days, not thirteen billion years. If you look at the salt content of the ocean, it is getting saltier and saltier every year. If you trace it back thirteen billion years, I doubt you’d find any salt in the ocean. Also the sun is getting hotter and hotter each year. If you calculate how much it gets hotter per year and then calculate how hot it would have been thirteen billion years ago, there wouldn’t be any possible way for life to have formed because the earth would be a frozen ball of ice.

    I don’t understand how my knowledge of thermodynamis is deficient or how the state of decay being even or smooth has to do with the law itself. I never stated that things would decay smoothly.

    I know that the universe is not perfect. AND I know the reason. Sin corrupted everything. When Adam and Eve did exactly what God told them NOT to, hence being blatant rebels in the face of God, God had to punish them, because He is holy and just and cannot just let things like that go without punishment. When He punished Adam and Eve, the earth got cursed too, therefore all of creation was cursed as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin, so therefore the universe is NOT perfect, and i agree with you on that point. The only reason it is still here is because God is holding it together.

    I don’t understand God. I will never fully comprehend God. However, I can come to know Him through Christ in His Word (the Bible). Did you know that eternal life IS literally knowing God?? See John 17:3. And the awesome thing about Heaven is that I’ll be able to know God WITHOUT having to deal with my sin nature! :)

    That last part was extra :) It’s on me, haha! :)


  19. smoothius -  October 20, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    very coherent and eloquent explanation there archon, but you will never get a fundamentalist to drop their security blanket. better to just let them ramble on. ignorance is bliss and why rob them of that?

  20. Archon -  October 19, 2011 - 12:31 am


    I don’t want to come across as judgemental or harsh or anything, but, you are a narrow minded fool. Your attempt to use science to justify religious dogma is the most amusingly hypocritical thing I have seen in a long while. Just asking? Just read!

    Did a supercomputer create us? Yes! his name(s) is God, or Allah, or Jahweh, Dieu, Gott….etc. The Big Bang didn’t start with a piece of dust. If you haven’t been unconcious the last ten years, you should know that apparently “solid” matter is actually mostly space. There is space between molecules, space between atoms, space between electrons and protons, space between pions and muons and bosons. There is space between the vibrations of quantum fluctuations. Now imagine a giant force, call it gravity or call it God,which can compress all the space out, the way you can wring out a washcloth. Now you have an incredibly tiny piece of super-hard, super-heavy “stuff that ain’t dust” which contains ALL the matter and energy in the universe. If you want to know where it came from, God was holding it. Then he let it go and directed its expansion, and, thirteen billion years later, here we are.

    Either your understanding or your claim about thermodynamics is deficient. True, it posits the eventual rundown of everything in existence, BUT, it does not state that the rate of decay will be even and smooth. By your logic, all water would run downhill and form a flat, smooth ocean. Our sun has several billion more years of life, but it is dying. The Earth will eventually stop rotating. In the meantime the heat from the dying Sun and Earth act on the water through wind, ocean currents, river inflows, toroidal flows and coriolis effect. Instead of flat water we get oxygenated water which supports sealife and waves hundreds of feet high. The slowly moving continents collide and push up mountains 7 miles high, the runoff water from which flows back to fluff up your ocean again.

    You think that the universe has perfect order? You are naive or egotistical, or both. You (and the rest of us) are not the best God can do. Your “perfection” is blissful, wishful thinking. The universe contains novas, which, by the way are creating new stars, you know, that chaos to order thing. It has black holes, dark matter and dark energy, quantum mechanics and stuff we probably haven’t learned about. God may have a purpose for it all, even if he hasn’t told you what it is because you wouldn’t understand ,but, except in His eyes, it’s far from perfect.

  21. sasikumar s -  October 19, 2011 - 12:08 am

    I got a good information about our brain. Everyone should read about ourself first…..

  22. Carlitos -  October 18, 2011 - 11:19 pm

    @john rhea on October 18, 2011 at 10:08 am
    “@Sylvanus Nelson – (the second poster). I think you and your comment are ignorant, and no, I don’t agree with you. Your 3-4 sentences really irked me. Dialing a phone is stressful? How handicapped are you?

    This whole article is ridiculous. Instead of scientists looking for ways to make us smarter, they are looking for ways to make us lazier. Instead of trying to figure out how to repair brain damage, they instead prefer to transfer the thoughts of a retard to a phone, calling God knows who. I’m tired of technology not be being used to help us”

    -Agreed. The problem, John, is that we are so primitive and undeveloped that we still seek personal wealth and fortune above altrustic endeavor and common good. This being the case, technologies and abilities will always first be utilized to make someone rich.

    One day, maybe we will survive this infancy and evolve into a society without such need for things all the time, and we might finally know profound peace and understanding, rendering worldy aspect moot.

  23. Carlitos -  October 18, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    @DF on October 16, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    “lulwut-I think your brain read mine! It’s dangerous for people to get inside our heads using external devices! Imagine if it malfunctioned and said I was thinking of killing someone? Wouldn’t that then be considered premeditated murder? This is a huge slippery slope people! Careful what you and the 99% people ask for…communism SUCKS!”

    -Hey DF- you would be well advised to learn some more. It’s not 99% asking for this- it’s big business. Imagine the financial opportunities… The new resources to exploit… The people to exploit. All in the name of money. This is what the 99% are against. Also, the 99% movement has nothing to do with communism. They’re primarily Americans- REAL Americans- taking to the street to protest the fact that they feel oppressed. Remember, when the Tea Party did, it was because of their big money and corporate sponsors tricking them into thinking the government was the problem because the government is supposed to be their to serve the people and the corporations want to be served by the people. Pick your big brother- government for YOU or corporate power for PROFIT?

  24. Blake -  October 18, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    John, would you kindly mind not insulting people?

    BlueMomeRath, this technology will not make computers smarter. It simply makes computers more versatile, in the same way giving us a tail could help us climb trees.

    Noen N Particular, I quite agree, this technology could be very good for the entertainment business.

    Denise, It would be lovely if this device could be used to help the handicapped. Unfortunately research isn’t cheap. Someone has to pay the costs. The government could pay the costs, but they don’t really have that kind of money spare. A charity could be formed to allow public donations to pay for the costs, but raising that amount of money could take years. So we are left with a company. They pay the costs, and in exchange we let them sell the product for money. Whether or not they make a profit doesn’t matter, in a few years their copyright will expire and the technology will be free for anyone to adapt.

    Ritz, firstly, this is a corporate technology, not public, the government will have no more access to the information than I will. Secondly if the corporation is reading your mind they are required to inform you. If they don’t they are breaking the law and can be sued. Thirdly it is not illegal to consider committing a crime, it could be used in support of a trial, but not as the only proof.

    Rakhil, it might be useful if you mentioned that you were referring to Hindu texts, most of us do not know what Upanishad and Vedas are.

  25. geni.k -  October 18, 2011 - 12:28 pm

    I think it’s only problematic if the thoughts start going the other way, i.e., if thoughts are sent to our heads from our phones, or a computer chip. That concern noted, technology like that might be useful as well – perhaps a bit like the points in the Matrix film when Neo exclaims, “I know Kung Fu!” or when Trinity expresses the need to learn how to fly a helocopter…. Instant knowledge might be a big plus. :)

  26. john rhea -  October 18, 2011 - 11:11 am

    @Noen N. Particular – if your preferred way of expressing your feelings is with the word “facinating”, perhaps you should learn how to spell it.

    What’s going on here? This is a dictionary site. I expected to see well written comments, minimal spelling errors. I’ve seen better spelling scribbled on bathroom walls.

  27. john rhea -  October 18, 2011 - 11:00 am

    @nathaniel gibson – ” the guy is a cereal killer and the other he helps people fight the urges to become a cereal killer”. People are trying to kill Captain Crunch? Are Snap, Crackle & Pop safe?

  28. BlueMomeRath -  October 18, 2011 - 10:56 am

    @ Allen:

    You made me laugh! Phones that can read my mind do sound rather scary. That foil might come in handy. I don’t like the thought of technology becoming smarter than it’s maker…and this could be another step in that direction.

    Besides, how lazy can one get?

  29. john rhea -  October 18, 2011 - 10:44 am

    @Bojan Topalovic WTF are you talking about?

  30. valerie -  October 18, 2011 - 10:37 am

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  31. john rhea -  October 18, 2011 - 10:24 am

    @sg – typing is a waste of time? You can’t even spell. Perhaps you should practice more typing. If they ever get this “brain to text” thing going, I wonder if it will have spell check? It would be interesting to see how many morons actually can’t spell, instead of assuming it was a “typing” error.
    “and that is why it not so good of an idea”

  32. john rhea -  October 18, 2011 - 10:08 am

    @Sylvanus Nelson – (the second poster). I think you and your comment are ignorant, and no, I don’t agree with you. Your 3-4 sentences really irked me. Dialing a phone is stressful? How handicapped are you?

    This whole article is ridiculous. Instead of scientists looking for ways to make us smarter, they are looking for ways to make us lazier. Instead of trying to figure out how to repair brain damage, they instead prefer to transfer the thoughts of a retard to a phone, calling God knows who. I’m tired of technology not be being used to help us.

  33. fatoush -  October 18, 2011 - 9:41 am

    I think a bug entered my mouth!!!! What was that?? I hope they never develop this technology or I will never use an electronic device again. THAT’S GONNA BE HARD!?!?!?!?!?

  34. Smit Sharma -  October 18, 2011 - 9:38 am

    How about the end of everything? December 21, 2011

  35. Noen N. Particular -  October 18, 2011 - 8:30 am

    I’ve always been infatuated with the concept of virtual reality, and if this technology of “mind-reading” is developed, videogames could be made where you’re not only playing the game, you’re in the game. I’m interested in the Star Wars videogames (especially Force Unleashed), and if that game was made with this new technology, instead of controlling the jedi, you would be the jedi.
    I could express my feelings about this idea in two ways: vernacular “cool man, totally awesome”, and my preferred way “facinating”.

  36. Vikhaari -  October 18, 2011 - 6:49 am

    Forgive me, but I need to state there’s something fishy going on. A newcomer in this … –let’s say game–and try best to post something regularly, yet I notice it mentions up there/here that I have posted two weeks prior; it’s incorrect.
    Moreover, I like the hotword because I see it is very educational, so I want to post it also to my Facebook–again a newcomer too there–, as I did before, this does not show up at all it appears now.
    So what’s going on!

  37. Kate -  October 18, 2011 - 5:57 am

    Don not let it read CIA or FBI we r gona be done

  38. arshi -  October 18, 2011 - 5:29 am


  39. Lando Calrissian -  October 18, 2011 - 5:21 am

    Does anyone else get annoyed by the titles of these blogs always being questions?

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  41. NIGA BOSS -  October 18, 2011 - 2:42 am

    Cute !

  42. Laci -  October 17, 2011 - 11:11 pm

    I think the sighless (blind) persons are able thinking, recording ……
    without having vision records

  43. kcrisamore -  October 17, 2011 - 10:51 pm

    Im actually going to being types of studies like this in my near future for school. I cant wait this type of technology is amazing and only brings us closer to understanding the mind beyond what we do now. Brilliant!

  44. guillermo heyden -  October 17, 2011 - 9:57 pm

    it is an intersting comment.

  45. liumatt11 -  October 17, 2011 - 8:37 pm


  46. Maria -  October 17, 2011 - 8:22 pm

    i think this is a great advancement towards the future. i would love a mind reading cellphone. are there any other articles that go into more details about this?

  47. Kathleen -  October 17, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    I agree with sg. Typing is a waste of time (sometimes) but what if you were thinking about someone you love at the same time thinking about someone you hate. Would you dial the person you hate on the phone? And what if you accidentally call your brother if he’s the one you hate?

    As for some people who enjoy going on … those sites, if you had a phone that would just type out the URL that you’re thinking… Let’s just say a lot of relationships would be broken and misunderstandings would spring.

    Cool thing for a phone to have a mind-reading thing, but I think it would work better if it was for a videogame… You know, so you can think of tactics to win. :P Just an idea. Replies to ultraviolet.826@gmail.com please. :)

  48. DENISE -  October 17, 2011 - 7:38 pm

    It is really great that scientists are making so many advancements but they should keep them in the lab. This device if invented should only be used for the handicapped, like those who cannot speak they can invent a computer the size of a cell phone so they can communicate with others. As for giving this device to the general population I think it would be another way to eventually invade our privacy. They already have camera’s everywhere in the big cities where they can track your every move if necessary and to be able to have our thoughts transmitted on to devices would not just stop with making it convenient for us to make a phone call and you know it.

  49. Tachi -  October 17, 2011 - 6:14 pm

    I’m thinking that this would be a good thing IF it comes with some sort of filter between the brain and the phone.

  50. Jason -  October 17, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    I think the biggest problem will be our phones calling people when we just happen to be thinking about them, but not interested in talking . . . that could make crushes super awkward!!

  51. Vaciane -  October 17, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Wow.. I do not know what to say about that. The things that scientists do.. It amazes and scares me at the same tine..

  52. mwhiskey -  October 17, 2011 - 4:41 pm

    DF and shawn shifter: i’m not sure what communism has to do with mind control? unless you’ve just read 1984 and now mistakenly think those two things are related… if anything, the ‘Orwellian’ society everybody has a fear of is probably more close at hand due to big business, not big government.

    In any case, if this technology is close to being developed i hardly think many people would be willing to have their thoughts read by a chip solely to make dialing a phone more convenient… if anything shouldn’t this technology be used for people who are mute etc? further, as was mentioned by many others, what if someone thought of a number they didn’t want to call, and the phone started dialing? simply thinking of something cannot reveal intent. i think it’s all a bit silly.

  53. Ritz -  October 17, 2011 - 4:23 pm

    This is great but I feel sorry for many people with dirty minds when it comes to the computer being able to read the person’s mind. This will definetly be the greatest time for the police officers …unless we convert to robot officers next …

  54. Ankariku -  October 17, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    I believe this is good on some points, but bad on others. Humans are speeding ahead in the world of technology, and it will get out of hand. This will come back to bite us in the butt… Privacy is not a problem, since you could just simply choose to /not/ use this technology.

    Contrary to lazy peoples’ ideas, this will make a whole new level of lazy. Typing and writing is the most important–and basic–piece of communication. ONLY, this is great for the disabled! Communication with the poor souls who can’t properly communicate now will be easier, and they can finally have a voice.

  55. feeling mo ang talino mo.. -  October 17, 2011 - 4:05 pm

    ……over thinking means playing cool…
    and playin cool means trying to get attention… KSP..

  56. iyre -  October 17, 2011 - 4:03 pm

    natural smartness! it will make us all geniuses 1 day….

  57. Dave -  October 17, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    come on.. you know you like it. its really cool.

    but my question is: can you talk to the person through your mind too?

  58. sg -  October 17, 2011 - 3:26 pm

    I think this is reall amazing cause typingg is a waste of time but people need privacy and that is why it not so good of an idea

  59. Amr -  October 17, 2011 - 3:05 pm

    if this is true humen privacy will be fore ever lost these divices will find there way to the black market

  60. sherryyu -  October 17, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    to Elise, its say not think

  61. sherryyu -  October 17, 2011 - 2:01 pm

    oops not again braintastic not “baintastic” “fantastic shed, just fantastic” says Andrew

  62. sherryyu -  October 17, 2011 - 1:58 pm

    i meant this instead of these “ha ha silly mistake shed” Andrew would say to me

  63. Elise E. -  October 17, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    don’t think the wrong thing ;)

  64. sherryyu -  October 17, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    kool article ” now these is what i want to see ” says Mike. lol right? oh well, at least u now know why. anways, the article is soooooo “brain tastic” get it “baintastic” LOL!! :) :-)

  65. Anonymous -  October 17, 2011 - 12:24 pm

    I don’t think this will ever become accurate… how can a computer read something living? But it sounds fun for small uses like talking to friends from long-distance

  66. shawn shifter -  October 17, 2011 - 11:48 am

    Just so u guys kno: i’m a theorist, not to say that i’m a conspiracy theorist, though i am a little of an info. junkie and therefore view and research lots of stuff in order to find facts about many things to learn & know about them. i feel that in these times it’s important to not be viewed as a irrational person which is why i started my comment in this way. interesting stuff BUT Until the rampant miss-use & abuse of power is changed it this technology is a Scary reality (even if it were still in it’s pre mature stages). (that’s my comment). Here’s some for the other commenters: @ DF: No. it wouldn’t be considered premeditated murder without actually murdering someone. & 99% of people aren’t stupid and would want thought invasion technology being used to persecute people. They, by majority, also wouldn’t ask for…communism. Anyway i do see how your fears could spark ur imagination in such a way tho. with all of the Secrets and deception out there & HARP etc… and U are right about this one though: communism SUCKS! @ Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry, Whovian, Cyberquill & Rowan: Good comment… That robot arm thing was cool. @ Vlad: Have u seen End Game by Alex Jones yet? To anyone that hasn’t i recommend that u Youtube it.

  67. Embr -  October 17, 2011 - 11:40 am

    If we got to that level of technology I would be nervous about what I thought, and whether I was being evesdropped on. People would end up having guarded thoughts, then maybe we would fall back in brain development.

  68. nathaniel gibson -  October 17, 2011 - 11:34 am

    On paper the idea seems great but there are a few flaws in the idea. For example some one is thinking of someone (like there spouse) when they are trying to call someone ells (like there boss) that would seem like that would be a problem and also there is the worry that the government is using it to keep track on what the population is thinking lets say someone is thinking about hurting someone but has no intention of acting upon the thought (like in one of the new episodes of fringe where in one universe the guy is a cereal killer and the other he helps people fight the urges to become a cereal killer he tells them he has thought about doing bad things but has never acted on it) who’s to say the government has no intention on accusing that person for a crime that they have never done it would be good though for the people who are prone to getting in trouble with the law but other than that it has no real purpose fore the world I believe that the public should put their smarts to the development of greener energy and cars instead of mind reading programs. If you disagree with me or just want to comment on this shoot me an email at nl-gibson@goalac.org

  69. Jammin4Jesus -  October 17, 2011 - 11:13 am


    You also said we were created. Did some other supercomputer create us? If not, how on earth did we get here? The Big Bang? Think about it. Has a tornado ever gone through a junk yard and create a Boeing aircraft? How much more impossible is it for a speck of dust (that nobody knows where it came from) to explode and create everything in the perfect order that we see today? The Laws of Thermodynamics I believe state that everything is degenerating from working condition into non-working condition (in essence from order to chaos), and there is nothing in creation that goes against that (from chaos to order), therefore, if our universe works from order to chaos, how on earth could it have been created in the reverse, chaos to order? It doesn’t make sense to me.

    By the way, I do not mean to come across harshly or anything, I’m trying to understand your point of view and opinion. :)


  70. Jammin4Jesus -  October 17, 2011 - 11:06 am


    You think we’re computers?!? Wow, if we’re computers, why can’t we already recreate something as complex as us?

    This is the first time ever I’ve heard humans called computers. Sorry, but that blew me away.


  71. Crystal-Mask -  October 17, 2011 - 11:05 am

    This is pretty awesome, there is nothing wrong with this technology unless the user will not have control of it being on or off.

    Science is awesome.

  72. TETO -  October 17, 2011 - 10:51 am


  73. Grlk -  October 17, 2011 - 10:40 am

    It’s a new way to be lazy.

    Though, i’m curious as to what that technology could accomplish for the medical field.

  74. Valdir -  October 17, 2011 - 10:24 am

    Reading brains? Perfect mean of manipulation. We already have psychological/sociological research and Facebook to show what are the particularities of communities as wholes. Reading brains is next step: the object of manipulation will be directly the individual, not the whole. 1984? Yes, kind of that. But in a capitalist context.

  75. Jessica -  October 17, 2011 - 10:21 am

    They should apply their time on using this new technique for electronics that help the disabled, not a phone. People do not need another excuse to get lazier.

  76. Ellie -  October 17, 2011 - 9:34 am

    That is absolutely terrifying.

  77. Adam -  October 17, 2011 - 9:33 am

    They are way past this if you look at studies using non-practical technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and PET scans they can tell what color you are thinking of and the basic shape of objects you are envisioning…and this isn’t from a pre-selected list but rather from any infinite variety…I believe the magazine I read about it in was last year’s ‘Discover’ in the issue that features the 100 greatest innovations/discoveries of the year. Don’t have time to confirm the source right now, but it is breathtaking, scary, and wonderful all at the same time.

  78. Amber -  October 17, 2011 - 9:31 am

    Hmm, sounds scary to me…I’d want to keep my own privacy, thanks- I don’t like the thought of not being able to keep my thoughts just to me! Anyone else agree?

  79. steel -  October 17, 2011 - 9:28 am

    This is terrible! Mark of the beast! The government will use it to control people!

  80. Jose -  October 17, 2011 - 9:23 am

    When you look at it from the comfort angle yes it does sound terrific, but just the thought of tapped lines and jammed phones of today’s spy centrals makes it a little scary to think of a device that can mess with your very thoughts. Like every new technology there’s always someone who will find a negative use to it. Sometimes I think we humans are not prepared as a species for such advanced technology, we are not mature enough.

  81. bee -  October 17, 2011 - 9:14 am

    bring it on. sounds awesome.

  82. Russell Reluctant -  October 17, 2011 - 9:02 am

    2011 is 1984 :0

  83. Tony Phillips -  October 17, 2011 - 8:34 am

    That fact that most people think about procreation all day long will certainly
    narrow the visual pool.

  84. anirudh -  October 17, 2011 - 7:59 am

    OMG facts

  85. DavV -  October 17, 2011 - 7:26 am

    The advance in technology is amazing although i wouldn’t want to text my brain on some device without a few years of trial and error. And random thought : If it picks up everything we think, then think about it. Men think about sex alot…lol

  86. Vlad -  October 17, 2011 - 7:06 am

    If you have read “Ender’s Game” you know where this technology is going to lead. Seriously who need another app on their phone; where on the other hand you can redirect the focus towards video games, for example: you pick up a buttonless controller and focus on what you want to do in the game and VOALA/TaDa game does it for you, so now there wont be people that keep complaining they don’t have enough time to press the button (just hope it wont freeze on you) :P

  87. Zen_Nation Activist -  October 17, 2011 - 6:49 am

    If people would like to ask more about my concerns and things like that my e-mail is XWitchling_BloodX@yahoo.com

  88. Zen_Nation Activist -  October 17, 2011 - 6:48 am

    Umm, it sounds all well and good but personally that would be kinda bad to me. I would feel totaly devoid of privacy if we doveloped this kind of technology. That means that the government could use this kind of tech to “real people’s minds.” I personally don’t trust it. It is amazing technology and it would be fun to have it but it just doesn’t feel right to me.
    Please note that I am an activist and I see things that most others choose not to.
    I’m not the only one with this concern.

  89. Jenny -  October 17, 2011 - 6:48 am

    SUPER CREEPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  90. Bojan Topalovic -  October 17, 2011 - 6:36 am

    It would be great if gadgets could read our minds because we will spear time and keep our privacy better.

  91. Manish -  October 17, 2011 - 6:17 am

    A step forward to the I,Robot region!

  92. John of the Jungle -  October 17, 2011 - 6:16 am

    I have to agree with Lulwut’s comment: the technological implications may be fascinating, but the privacy implications are real and terrifying. When I think of things like the FBI using the Patriot Act to randomly tap phone calls, the idea of having my very thoughts displayed on my phone becomes an irrevocable invasion of privacy. “Thought police” would instantly spring from the pages of Orwellian fiction to become a real-life, living nightmare. I believe in the privacy and dignity of the individual; and I resent the loss of privacy that has become a true concern over the last decade. And my concern isn’t the police, per se, but advertising. I eventually see this technology being sorely abused by marketers and phone companies who already monitor our Internet usage and inundate us with endless amounts of ads. What will we do when they can anticipate our very thoughts? If you are driving down the road and have a passing thought about the flowers you see; suddenly your phone, inbox, and mailbox explode with blast emails and coupons from landscapers, flower shops, hardware stores, and any other business that is even remotely connected with pants. I am torn; the technology itself seems fascinating and exciting, but it has too much potential for abuse for me to consider it beneficial for mankind.

  93. ONICA -  October 17, 2011 - 6:10 am

    AMAZING!!! info is very interesting

  94. my new name is Adam -  October 17, 2011 - 5:29 am

    I hope it is better than voice recognition for calling – I can’t imagine the number of times my phones have not recognized a name that I spoke to initiate a call. How does one repeat a thought slowly and clearly?

  95. menme -  October 17, 2011 - 3:52 am

    So how will this work for the deaf? Presumably they don’t think in words if they were born without hearing, since they’ve never heard words…
    Is language stored in the “picture” part of their brain instead of Broca’s area? Pictures of hand signs ?

  96. tm -  October 17, 2011 - 3:38 am

    We must not be so paranoid – think of what it could do for the disabled!!!

  97. Del -  October 17, 2011 - 3:25 am

    What would be even better is if they created a program/computer chip that did the work of the Broca area of the brain — to help all the people, like my uncle Buzz, who have suffered damage to it & have difficulty speaking.

    That would be a worthwhile miracle and not just some parlor trick

  98. Kawfey -  October 17, 2011 - 2:50 am

    This will for SURE make texting while driving so much safer.

  99. Jason -  October 17, 2011 - 2:28 am

    Unforeseeable consequences will emerge in the infant stage of this technology & as it progresses, but i personally like the idea telepathy becoming a reality in people, telepathy A.I. on the other hand is kinda of a sci fi horror story though…

  100. Georgina -  October 17, 2011 - 2:21 am

    Well, I thought that the brain was more holographic in functioning…but Rowan’s comment is thought provoking…true, with great power comes great responsibility!

    I have been doing translation work from English into Tamil and vice-versa since 1984 and found that my work had speeded up phenomenally after a mere 5 years’ period of regular work. My friend who is a psychotherapist said something about a neural bridge being formed between the two areas of the languages in my brain which helped the process of translation to speed up. So do we have more than on Broka area in our brains, one for each language known?

  101. dave -  October 17, 2011 - 2:19 am

    we were the first computers created, right. Why wouldn’t we be able to?

  102. Clear -  October 16, 2011 - 11:44 pm

    well too much machines already. We gotta do some work! So I think that they should’nt make any more things that make life a teeny bit easier

  103. DF -  October 16, 2011 - 10:38 pm

    lulwut-I think your brain read mine! It’s dangerous for people to get inside our heads using external devices! Imagine if it malfunctioned and said I was thinking of killing someone? Wouldn’t that then be considered premeditated murder? This is a huge slippery slope people! Careful what you and the 99% people ask for…communism SUCKS!

  104. nikki -  October 16, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    gud one!!! waitng for it!!! but it wil help in makng some humans lazier than wat they r rght nw!!!!!!!!!

  105. Seabiscuit -  October 16, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    If any thing can read my thoughts I’m screwed.

  106. kay -  October 16, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    I think if they made an app that will be able to read the brains is kind of cool. I also see good and bad outcomes to this. The bad is that it could cause people to be lazy and the good is that it would be a big help for those who are multi-taskers.

  107. Josephine North -  October 16, 2011 - 9:47 pm

    I think this is great. More than 90% of our brains have been dormant. Hopefully we will use our brains more than our brawn. This also takes away the need for translation.

  108. 15bubbles -  October 16, 2011 - 9:43 pm

    O.O But what if you needed to break a death in slowly and then the person on the other end finds out right off? There are times when it’s better to conceal the truth. For others’ mental well-being.

  109. Shasha -  October 16, 2011 - 9:22 pm

    wow, how impressive! cheers to stepping into the future!! its too bad that this great idea is defintely going to generate some really bad ones. tsk tsk…

  110. rakhil -  October 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

    in (UPANISHAD) and (VEDAS) it is mentioned that our TRUE SELF(SOUL) is baisis of all our actions like speaking , working etc
    therE also mentioned that that TRUE SELF is the baisis of word….
    .( i mentioned this here because i believe that it will help your research…….)

  111. Rowan -  October 16, 2011 - 7:24 pm

    Either way, I hope they find a more meaningful use for this than dialing a phone with a thought…

  112. Rowan -  October 16, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    I think the possibilities are endless – both good and bad! Of course it could be a bad thing if someone uses it for the wrong reasons (hacking other’s thoughts, Minority Report, other moral grey areas), but this could be really cool, too! I heard about scientists hooking up people’s brains to a computer that controls a robot arm – and they’ve been able to control the arm with thoughts! This would mean a lot for amputees!

    With great power comes great responsibility, yo!

  113. Lucy -  October 16, 2011 - 7:22 pm

    What is up with all these grammar mistakes??? Anyway, this is kind of stupid. It’s all from a set list of things, so it doesn’t count. it’s like speed chat where you have to pick the words you want to say from a list. Although soon we will probably have developed something beyond the speed chat brain contraption.

  114. KOOL-AID... NOT Caprisun -  October 16, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    Well, reading people’s BRAINS is almost like hacking someone’s Facebook account. It’s a VIOLATION OF PRIVACY!!! But if it’s just used as an app to call somebody.. then AWESOME!! I would TOTALLY use it.

  115. bbrannan -  October 16, 2011 - 6:05 pm

    I teach reading to first year college students. While 75% pick up words with little problem, the other 25% has sooooo many problems they fail semester after semester. I think this research might help my non-vocabulary students.

  116. Whovian -  October 16, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    I can’t say that there is particularly anything wrong with this, but all the same, it just doesn’t seem right to me somehow. Thoughts are supposed to be private, and that’s why they happen inside your head. And frankly, the whole ‘dialing a number by thinking it’ thing is just stupid, one more way for us to be lazy and move less. And what if I happened to think the numbers 911 by accident? It would be interesting, to say the least. Aside from all that, this is very interesting, and I congratulate whoever eventually perfects it, because frankly, the complexity of science and technology that would go into it are mind boggling.

  117. wilma -  October 16, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    OMG! our world is progressing more day by day, and yes this does sound exciting!

  118. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  October 16, 2011 - 5:05 pm

    This belongs in a Class like ‘fuzzy logic’– The webworld has articles relating the removal of Broca’s Area, to no-effect: Maybe the guy reprogrammed his brain to skirt the defected area, Meaning the only way this can be used is to locate it specially in each individual user– ‘fuzzy technology’.

    Broca’s Area is one of several seeming-related areas including Wernicke’s Area and the motor cortex, How does EEG distinguish the array of signals!

    EEG coding– That’s like choosing words based on the speed of turning an exercise bicycle wheel: At the end of the day the detector will be sluing out a stream of baby-drivel as the subject’s brain grinds to an exhausted halt.

    The technological nomenclatura might be, Accupunctuation: the installation of needles into every important brain-utility-area: computer-relayed-speech, computer-relayed-imagery, computer-relayed-arousal (Cameron’s “Strange Days”).

  119. ishmeal ayittey -  October 16, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Learning is really important than very in the world

  120. Cyberquill -  October 16, 2011 - 3:45 pm

    I’d like images of Bill Clinton’s thoughts to appear on my phone.

  121. InfraredMoth -  October 16, 2011 - 3:29 pm

    Flinn the Human/Jake the Dog, you ought to be ashamed of yourself, just making that clear.

    This issue has me thinking that’s enough now, no more. We’re getting way too close to a completely globalized hivemind, which I personally find doubleplusungood.

  122. Dude -  October 16, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    i wanna know when this comes out

  123. lila -  October 16, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    that is amazing! typing seems like a hassle now.

  124. Andrew -  October 16, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    This information is stupendous

  125. Hazel -  October 16, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    This is disgusting, what right does somebody think they have to read anothers mind? The world today is too exposed. People need privacy.

  126. khashman -  October 16, 2011 - 2:23 pm

    O’brien would be especially jealous of this technology…

  127. George -  October 16, 2011 - 1:47 pm

    I’m cheering for Dartmouth

  128. Arcanis -  October 16, 2011 - 1:23 pm


    So true

  129. David Keith -  October 16, 2011 - 1:15 pm

    Welcome to the Brave New World where even our thoughts can be used to convict and imprison – or even execute – us. Sometimes Science is a worthless whore, selling herself to any would-be despot, without remorse or even fore-thought.

  130. abhilesh -  October 16, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    wow!! i already had this in my mind really happy to hear that they are trying to make it better .

  131. vicki -  October 16, 2011 - 12:47 pm

    I think it sounds scary. what did revolations say about the mark of the beast you know they will have to make that an implant somehow I dont care what they/it say/s. Yeah and cheaters you better not think of the person you are cheating on your spouse/signifigant other with near them cuz out of the blue your phone will start calling your lover!

  132. Steven Selby -  October 16, 2011 - 12:32 pm

    I believe that this is amazing! I would love to try it. I have found myself thinking of where I was at when I heard a certain song, so I happen to associate a song to the place I was at.

  133. trollll -  October 16, 2011 - 12:02 pm

    This is a horrible idea. All I can think about when reading this article are all of the futuristic stories I’ve read in which the government completely controls our lives and can read everything we think and feel. Loss of privacy within our own minds will simply lead to the downfall of humanity!

  134. yayRayShell:) -  October 16, 2011 - 11:52 am

    that’s pretty cool but creepy magine you were thinking of something private and all of a sudden it pops on your phone and a person sees it

  135. ragil -  October 16, 2011 - 11:42 am

    that so wow,and great exploring than,, because anhiden thng will be reveal anyway. so scarry.

  136. Nerterser Burgerderder -  October 16, 2011 - 11:39 am

    This is definitely amazing technology that we’re looking at here, but all I see is another route to laziness. Really? An app that helps you think of a person you’re going to call/send a text? That is just plain laziness in my opinion. How many more seconds would it take you to go to your phone book on your phone and type in the name of the person you want to communicate with? Just a few seconds more. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is wonderful how they are able to do this, but how they’re planning on using it is laziness.

  137. bill cosby -  October 16, 2011 - 10:36 am

    cool. imma get it

  138. Allen -  October 16, 2011 - 10:27 am

    I see sales of Aluminum foil going up significantly.

  139. John Riuks -  October 16, 2011 - 10:10 am

    This so wonderful

  140. Vikhaari -  October 16, 2011 - 9:24 am

    The moment I posted the above piece, noted 8 comments.
    Thought need to be noted.

  141. Vikhaari -  October 16, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Hmmm! The modernity we live in now. A phone is to call up by dialling number as it thinks.
    Shall it be scary? Or shall I say ohhh the possibilities; I usually like science and its progressive motion to future advancement. However, having read above, I don’t know which route to take. Let’s say it is exciting, yet perhaps not. The BIG BROTHERs are abound and watch too; they will be very excited, and eager to take advantage abusing the technology.

    PS: Yet to notice any comments, for I can be pretty sure that mine will not be first to post. Is there any interference going on, spamming or such, as usual? Now why is this notion? I don’t have a personal internet, hence, I use school and not in school for a few days.

  142. waterflaws in Denver -  October 16, 2011 - 9:20 am

    The thought police are going to LOVE this one. Maybe they already have it, and that’s why there are so many prisoners in GiTMO?

  143. Narra -  October 16, 2011 - 9:19 am

    What next? It have been there for centuries. Can I communicate in my dreams?

  144. Stephanie -  October 16, 2011 - 8:36 am

    The next step will be that which closely resembles what transpires in the Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report: computers will be able to read minds and the person will be held criminally responsible for their thought and not whether the it was actually acted upon.

  145. Finn the Human -  October 16, 2011 - 8:33 am


  146. Jake the Dog -  October 16, 2011 - 8:33 am

    Indeed, Finn!

  147. Finn the Human -  October 16, 2011 - 8:32 am


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  149. Lulwut -  October 16, 2011 - 8:10 am

    Bet Big Brother is happy to hear about this.

  150. Sylvanus Nelson -  October 16, 2011 - 8:03 am

    i think reading our brains is a good idea, because when u consider the development that is being carried out on phones, you will agree with me that it will make life a little less stressful provided it has no side effect.

  151. Ramesh -  October 16, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Its exclusive knowledge about brain!


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