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Brain-computer interfaces will enable telekinesis

Have you ever wished you had telekinesis (the ability to move or influence the physical world with your mind)? It may become a reality through advanced brain-computer interfaces. These interfaces are currently being used to help disabled people move robotic limbs with their brains. When a person wants to move their right arm, the brain acts as if it were sending that signal to the arm, even if the person lost that arm years ago. The electronic interface reads that signal, then moves the robotic arm accordingly.

As this technology becomes increasingly small, portable, and connected, there's nothing to stop you from using it to control objects in your home, office, or car with thought commands. I just hope they get the network security right, or we'll have a problem with people hacking into each other's brains!

For more about the current state of brain-computer interfaces, see the ComputerWorld article Dawn M. Taylor on brain-computer interfaces, and the Inc. magazine article Reality Bites, about the company Emotiv.

There are already toys on the market based on this technology. Check out Force Trainer, a Star Wars-inspired toy from Uncle Milton Industries, and Mind Flex from Mattel.

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