"Scientists at Intel's research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people's brains."
"The scientists say the plan is not a scene from a sci-fi movie -- Big Brother won't be planting chips in your brain against your will. Researchers expect that consumers will want the freedom they will gain by using the implant."
Intel Labs Director of Future Technologies Research Andrew Chien observes that since human beings are remarkably adaptive , the idea of having brain implants would soon be an ordinary occurrence. "If you told people 20 years ago that they would be carrying computers all the time, they would have said, 'I don't want that. I don't need that.' Now you can't get them to stop [carrying devices]. There are a lot of things that have to be done first but I think [implanting chips into human brains] is well within the scope of possibility," he explains.
Intel research scientist Dean Pomerleau was also quoted to say that people will get bored with having to depend on computer interface, and will get more bored with having to manipulate computer interface with their fingers. Excitement will happen when they start manipulating devices with their brain waves.
Pomerleau and his research teammates from Intel, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, currently working on decoding human brain activity, points out: "We're trying to prove you can do interesting things with brain waves," said Pomerleau. "Eventually people may be willing to be more committed ... to brain implants. Imagine being able to surf the Web with the power of your thoughts."