The human nervous system has finally mastered the art of employing thought to manipulate objects and even emotional states in real time.  You may think that this technology will be available sometime in the future but that is not the case.  That technology is available today and it has many far reaching applications.

It all began with the Electroencephalogram,or EEG.  “EEG refers to the recording of the brain’s electrical actitivty.  It’s been around for some time, and involves placing a maze of sensors around a person’s head often for neuroscience research, and usually in a lab.”

A neuro-engineering company called Emotiv has built a head set called the EPOC that translates brain activity into computer commands. The EPOC allows an individual to control machinery in real time by cognitive commands or using emotion.

“EPOC is one of the first technologiesl allowing machines to understand human emotion in real time,” explains Emotiv CEO Nam Do.  “Wearing the headset, you can control computer applications or even chat with another person using an avatar showing your real expressions.”  “The most fascinating – and disturbing – thing about the EPOC is that its software can read emotional states like anxiety, frustration, excitement and engagement.  In the calibration software they are shown rising and falling on a graph in real time, like seismic readings.”

Applications have been suggested in industries such as aerospace, education and health care.  Some people with disabilities are already using the EPOC to control their wheelchairs.

We often talk about the psychoneuroimmunologic consequences of poor stress management it is now possible to know what certain stressors are creating within an individual in real time.  “Imagine a world where a physically impaired person can freely compete on a computer game like Street Fighter, a completely paralyzed person is able to communicate with their loved ones, or a Lexus plays the right music to calm you down when it realizes you’re stressed.

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