AlterEgo: thoughts become Google searches

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A few weeks ago we started talking about artificial intelligences and cyborgs, starting from Neuralink, the company founded by Elon Musk, which aims to create a bridge between human intelligence and artificial intelligence, integrating the latter into the first through installed cips in the human brain.
Today we are talking about something always linked to artificial intelligence and to the union between human software and artificial software. But in this case it is something much less invasive, at least physically, morally I leave everyone their opinion.
In fact it is a device that requires no surgery because it is worn externally.
This device is called AlterEgo, it was developed by Arnav Kapur and Pattie Maes, researchers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and aesthetically looks very much like the classic headphones with the headset and the microphone.
Also from the point of view of functioning, it is not as invasive as going to read the stimuli on the cerebral cortex, in fact AlterEgo limits itself to reading the imperceptible neuromuscular movements on our face, a process that is called Subvocalization.
Basically, when we think of saying something, our brain sends the information to our face as if we were actually saying it and this reacts by making minimal movements.
AlterEgo, based on an artificial intelligence interprets these small movements recognizing the associated underlying thought and turns them into a search on Google.
Once the research is done, the answer of the question posed by thought alone is passed to our brain using the ear, but through the bone conduction, ie bypassing the eardrum, so that a person can do Google research and know the answers and in the same time hear the sounds of the outside world.

Also in this case, the prototype is still being perfected, but the opportunities for use are not only those associated with Google search.
In fact, a similar product was the one that allowed the great Stephen Hawking to speak through a computer that interpreted his small movements, that product was called Acal and was developed specifically for the scientist by Intel.
Returning to AlterEgo, the two developers have said that in the tests so far the accuracy of the answers is around 90%.
Another step towards the union between man and machine or just another gadget for super-overworked employees?
I do not know, but it would be very convenient for me to program on a device and in the meantime do the research I need using the half the time, what I do not know is how stressful it can become … To know it, we have to wait to try it.

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