UTAH TECH UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | June 17, 2024

The Future of Technology

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In the past 150 years there have been tremendous breakthroughs in technology. Inventions ranging from automobiles, airplanes, telephones, space shuttles, and so much more. All of these inventions have been created for some form of making our lives more simple, safe, or enjoyable.

Even recently, simple advancements we use every day have changed the way our world runs and communicates. Computers the size of your wallet, eye contacts with built in television screens… but what about running your computer, house, or car with your mind? It’s possible.

The human brain consists of neural signals that are relayed throughout our bodies. Companies are now harnessing the signals and using them in devices that allow control of external sources. These neural sensors can relay anything from emotions to facial expressions, allowing the user to send a push or pull signal to a physical source. That means you could play the next generation video games without a controller, steer your car by just thinking about it, or even shift gears on your bike, something Toyota is investing into their new concept bike, the Parlee.

Not only do these sensors read emotions and expressions, but they remember them–creating a whole new level of control. While driving your car home every night, you may take a turn that could be dangerous at a high speed. Your mind remembers that, which instantly sends the information to the device causing your vehicle to slow automatically, leading to a safer daily commute.

These passive sensors create a perfect universal controller for your every day items. Sensing anger might cause your vehicle to pull to the side of the road and shut off, meaning you have to calm down before driving. Virtual reality would become more real for simulation programs such as war games or piloting simulations for the military. Neural technology is the next step in connecting with the 90% of our brains that we don’t use.

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