The day humans achieve the ability to read one another’s minds grows ever closer thanks to
alterego, a device created by mit media lab grad student arnav Kapur (above). The prototype hardware wraps around the ear and jawline and makes it possible for people to talk, in a manner of speaking, without saying a word: to order pizza, switch TV channels, profess undying love, or warn of an oncoming train. alterego works
by picking up the neurological signals the brain activates when you read or speak silently to yourself. it sends those signals via bluetooth to a central computer
for interpretation. The wearer can hear what others “say”
back via boneconduction headphones. interpersonal chat is currently limited
to simple words and phrases, but an independent mit paper recently found that within its vocabulary, alterego’s speech comprehension is accurate to 92%. Will we soon (loudly) bid adieu to the age of awkward small talk and yelling at siri? We’d offer our best guess, but presumably you can tell what we’re
thinking by now.