1984. Courageous New World. Minority Report. The Jetsons. Sci-fi classics that anticipated a future seemingly lightyears sooner or later, however now tantalizingly, terrifyingly shut. And now, one other dispatch from one other nook of the sci-fi style, this one actually distressing. A gadget that may monitor your mind and bodily “nudge” you in case your thoughts wanders, goading you into paying consideration.
It doesn’t look fairly as terrifying because the contraption in A Clockwork Orange however, properly, if the tip outcome is similar, do the aesthetics actually matter?
It’s known as AttentivU, and it doesn’t look rather more high-tech than a pair of glasses. However in keeping with MIT, it makes use of “brain activity (electroencephalography – EEG) as well as eye movements (electrooculography – EOG) sensors to measure engagement of a person in real-time and provide either audio or haptic feedback to the user when their engagement is low, thereby nudging them to become engaged again.”
These nudges, apparently, take the type of “bone-conduction auditory feedback”, which is a elaborate manner of claiming this system makes use of your personal skeleton as a personal amplifier for slightly noise and bodily “bump” to get your thoughts again on activity. Sound slightly invasive? Properly, then, simply concentrate and this may all be over quickly.
In MIT’s world, it is a novel manner of holding college students engaged each within the classroom and through on-line lectures. It additionally mentions different “everyday” duties like driving, studying, watching movies or writing. Right here’s a video that explains extra.
We stay in a world replete with distractions, so it’s not arduous to see the issue this system is making an attempt to resolve. However it’s human to let your thoughts wander. It’s regular to daydream, to get bored, to begin excited about issues like outer house, pirates, Marvel Lady, basketball, romance, dolphins and even God throughout classroom lectures and homework. Studying to self-discipline your thoughts to remain on activity is an efficient factor, however after we begin enlisting mind-reading, bone-conducting robots to do the job for us, it’s truthful to marvel how a lot of our humanity we’re sacrificing to the idol of productiveness.