This robot can read your mind
Normally we manipulate a robot with a remote-control, but this time researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Boston University have added a new way: Thinking with your brain. This means without a press of button or a single word, the robot is able to determine your mind and follow the order accordingly.
How can the robot read a person’s mind? It is this smart feedback system that reads responses of a person’s brain while watching a robot at work. If the person spot a mistake from the robot, a signal will be sent to the robot to correct its error.
To communicate telepathically with machines, the researchers have the human operator wear an EGG cap that can record his brain activity. And in real time, the robot receives his brain signal and response towards the way it operates. The research team, led by the MIT’s lab director Daniela Rus and BU professor Frank Guenther, found that they could detect when a person had a thought that the robot had made an error by tracking brain signals called “error-related potentials” are generated when we notice a mistake. And the EGG cap can pick the signal up, classify and send the feedback to the machine to correct itself.
However, as we can see from the video, the robot can only work with a simple scenario that has two possible outcomes. But in the future, the researchers are hoping to develop the system so the interface can grok more complex tasks.
This may come to the era that machines will finally adapt to humans instead of us train ourselves to think in a certain way to be able to control them.