Moving Objects With Your Mind: The Potential of BCIs for Telekinesis
In a typical parking lot in San Francisco, a crowd of people look on as a young man with Neurosity’s signature Crown on his head effortlessly performs mental calculations to maneuver a Tesla vehicle.
Yes, you read that right the first time.
“Today we’re going to move that Tesla over there with my brain” he points to the car.
“Two times two equals four” he says excitedly, as the Tesla vehicle moves forward towards him with striking precision.
“Four times four is sixteen” he laughs as the car moves forward towards him once more, astonished at his newfound telekinetic power.
As the car continues to move closer and closer towards him in response to his mental math, the crowd erupts into a roaring cheer.
For decades, telekinesis has captivated our collective imaginations through its portrayal in science fiction movies. The X-Men series is one such example, renowned for its characters possessing telekinetic abilities and continues to entertain audiences worldwide.
What makes our fascination with telekinesis truly intriguing is that it taps into a shared childhood imagination. In fact, the childhood favorite movie Matilda, which showcases a young girl unlocking her brain's full potential for telekinetic powers – is still a nostalgic fan favorite. There’s just something so innately human about wanting to move objects with our minds.
And now, thanks to amazing advancements in neurotechnology we’re entering an era where telekinesis has transcended the realm of fiction, ready to become a reality.
With the rapid advancements in brain-computer interfaces (BCIs), the day is fast approaching when controlling objects solely through our thoughts will become more commonplace.
What is BCI tech?
Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) serve as a direct communication pathway between the electrical signals of the brain and external devices such as computers or robotic limbs. This remarkable technology has been in development for several decades and continues to progress.
In other words, it’s the medium between your brain and the action.
BCI technology has a wide range of applications, benefiting both healthy individuals and those with disabilities. It can enhance cognitive abilities, aid in rehabilitation, and offer numerous clinical and non-clinical advantages.
By bypassing traditional physical interfaces, those with limited mobility may be able to control prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs, or other assistive devices directly through their thoughts.
So how do BCIs work?
The science. Explained.
At the core of BCI technology lies the electroencephalogram (EEG) machine. An EEG records the electrical activity of the brain and is non-invasive and relatively easy to use. It consists of electrodes attached to the scalp, which detect the tiny electrical charges generated by brain activity.
Every thought, feeling, and movement we experience involves the work of neurons, which are small nerve cells resembling wires. Neuronal firing occurs through electrical signals transmitted from neuron to neuron, akin to the circuits in a computer.
BCI technology relies on measuring the frequency and amplitude of brainwaves, which represent different mental states. These brainwaves, categorized into five types, are gamma, beta, alpha, theta, and delta. Each wave signifies a distinct mental state, such as heightened perception, alertness, relaxation, creativity, or deep sleep.
Using the electrodes, an EEG captures the changes in voltage associated with these brainwave frequencies. The acquired data is then digitized, processed, and utilized.
So how did The Crown move the Tesla?
The concept of telekinesis involves the ability to manipulate physical objects using the power of thought alone. The Crown, with its sophisticated neural signal processing capabilities, offers an intriguing pathway to explore and potentially harness this ability.
By using The Crown, individuals can potentially develop a connection between their thoughts and external objects. The device's sensors capture the neural activity associated with the intention to move an object. This neural data is then translated into commands that can be interpreted by compatible devices, such as robotic arms, drones, or even vehicles.
With so many jobs becoming more algorithmic and efficient thanks to AI technology, BCIs could potentially enable more intuitive and efficient control of robots and automated systems. Tasks that require dexterity and precision, such as assembly lines or hazardous environments, could be handled remotely and effortlessly using this version of telekinesis.
And the applications don’t end there.
Just imagine the immersive experiences that could be created in gaming and virtual reality by incorporating more telekinetic interactions. BCIs could allow players to manipulate virtual objects with their minds, enhancing the level of immersion and interactivity for truly enhanced gameplay.
Embracing a Telekinetic Future with The Crown
We’ve taken a significant step forward in exploring the potential of this telekinetic ability with our Crown. While still in its early stages, this BCI-powered device holds the promise of bridging the gap between the mind and the physical world – and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.