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Japanese-headquartered motor globocorp Toyota says it has achieved and tested working "driver brain wave control". So far, however, it envisages the handsfree driving tech being used only in wheelchairs, rather than its roadworthy vehicles. According to Toyota, their Brain Machine Interface (BMI) kit is better than others' …

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Winner?

It has got to be a winner yes?

Aging population, population demographics, ... all seem to point to a winning solution.

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Yeah, but...

What happens when your attention shifts towards, say, a scantily clad woman holding up a sign by the side of the road?

-dZ.

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Terminator

Nice idea... or IS IT???

So what they are developing is a way for machines to read our minds. Am I the only one who sees a problem with this?

I guess it does mean that I'll only have to think "I, for one, welcome our mind-reading robotic overlords" rather than needing to say it, which may save face when the time comes.

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Thinking distance

Even at 125 ms, when travelling at just 0.0001% of the maximum velocity of a sheep in a vacuum, the reaction distance of this system is still 0.0606 of a double-decker bus.

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Libet

An eighth of a second is a perceptible delay, so is the machine reading the user's intention before the user is consciously aware of it, and if so, what does that mean?

Where's amanfrommars when you need him?

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Be hard

To fit the system on cars here as 90% of drivers dont seem to have a brain

to them "mirror,signal,mirror, turn" roughly translates as "turn, mirror to see whos just smashed into you"

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Black Helicopters

Movie tie-in?

Now that Clint Eastwood is that bit older, there's certainly scope for a "Firefox" remake, in which he steals a thought controlled wheelchair from the Japanese..

A slower-paced, more thoughtful film than the original, and one which is certain to appeal to a more mature audience.

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"An accuracy rate of 95% was achieved..."

Which means 1 time in 20, it was inaccurate.

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@DZ-Jay

That flaw exists in the alternatives to this technology too (head or chin controls).

Scantily clad women are in danger when I'm at top speed. Which my wife is very pleased about.

Paris becaOH BUGGER I'VE KILLED HER!

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Dementia, anyone?

Matt got it right....

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/matt/?cartoon=5286834&cc=5251672

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Mind control and road rage?

I can just see it:

"You cretinous blind fscking cyclist, someone should run you over

No, wait, STOOOOP, oops..."

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Is this the MiG-31 wheelchair?

You must think in Japanese!

PS How ironic to have all these new icons but not one for Firefox.

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I can see it now ...

http://likeawhisper.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/pike1new.jpg

booooooop.

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great accuracy

so for every 20 commands you give it, once it goes the wrong way? well i guess it's an improvement... "the satnav told me to drive in to a lake, but the car got my instructions wrong and stayed on the road instead"

and the best part is it frees up the drivers hands to do important things whilst driving, like send text messages

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First customer?

Stephen Hawking, natch. Altho' the bloody thing'd probably take him to "A Galaxy Far, Far Away".

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Super hi-tech

Even Davros doesn't have a mind controlled wheel chair!

How long until I can get a robic dog with a laser in its nose?

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@mike007

oh common you reckon if you dont need to watch the road people will just be texting do you ??

i envision motorways of the future turned into mobile orgies !!

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Just the beginning

Of course they need to release this for "nursing home" and "elderly care". This would not be able to get into "real world" applications until this has been tested and vetted.

Why? Because the gov'ments don't trust everyday users to keep themselves sedate and controlled enough to manage this properly. What are you thinking (literally)?! The gov'ments cannot have a majority of the population in possession of multi-ton, fast-moving instruments of death, each with the equivelent of a bundle of TNT - the terrorists might get a hold of one.

Oh, wait... bugger!

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First customer - revisited.

Hit-the-tit too quick.Soz. Divven't reed what I woz riting proper, like.

Of course, Hawking's new Toyota thought-propelled motorised wheelchair could give him a _very_ 'Brief History of Time' by tossing him down the nearest Man^H^H^H Black Hole. If that's what he's thinking about at the moment of passing one....

And it's still only Monday. I think. Maybe.

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Computer game applications?

I want the technology for playing wipeout, its the only way to have a reaction time quick enough to finish the zones mode using only the air brakes.

Also I think stephen hawkings might think his into becoming a black hole and implode the solar system.

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Give it here.

Let me control the radio, windows, AC, etc. in my car with it and I'd be well pleased, but leave the actual driving to me.

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OK, but in the mean time.

As my dear mother pointed out the other day, car manufacturers have yet to have the following epiphany: Older people have lots of disposable income, yet are still finding it difficult to enter/exit vehicles. Why have none of these companies yet built a car that has no lip where the footwell meets the door and revolving/tilting seats? In the bathroom and the bedroom, even the staircase, these innovations are realities, but in the motor industry there is an almost complete absence.

Methinks they're missing a trick.

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Davros

"Even Davros doesn't have a mind controlled wheel chair!"

Well I'd have to say he did, with the original "Ena Sharples hairnet" sensors placed about his head, & with only one useable hand, there's a distinct lack of a joystick, unless his other hand is playing with his joystick inside the case.

A logical extension of his technology would be applied to the MK3 travel machines.

As for the artificial eye, quite how it became a organic unit while spending a couple of centuries in suspended animation beats me.

Dalek icon anyone?

I'll get me coat, along with my hat & scarf (knitted for me by Madame Nostradamus)

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I can see it now

Running over the zebra and straight upon the median as soon as the phone rings in your pocket (you being a good driver who weren't talking on your mobe while driving).

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Thanks, Toyota

I am pleased that after my human body had fallen apart, in the service of our new metal masters, my brain can still be of use to them - driving forklifts, navigating Skynet slaveships, and freeing our metal masters from other mundane tasks, so they can finally break the last pockets of human resistance. Thanks, Toyota !

Not Paris - she died in the initial Skynet attack.

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"An eighth of a second is a perceptible delay, so is the machine reading the user's intention before the user is consciously aware of it"

Could well be. Your brain decides what to do, then tells you about it. If the machine reads your brain, rather than your mind, it could know about it before you do!

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