Concerned About Privacy? Wait Till You See The Future

Sunday, September 19, 2010
By Paul Martin
September 18, 2010

(Gulf News (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) intel is working on reading human brain Scott Shuey Business Features Editor San Francisco If you think complaints about privacy concerns are rampant now, wait until you see what Intel is working on.

The chipmaker’s chief technology officer, Justin Rattner, showed audiences at the Intel Developers Forum last Wednesday a number of technologies that do everything from monitor how you walk to how you use a TV remote. The company is even working on technology that can read the human brain.

Futuristic companions The technologies aren’t yet part of any product, but come within what is known as Intel’s context-based computing. The company wants to develop this technology, Rattner said, so people will change how they view their devices, and see them less as gadgets and more as assistants or even companions.

Lama Nachman, an Intel lab researcher, said that technology monitoring how a person walks could be used to help monitor seniors by predicting life-threating falls before they happen. On the entertainment side, TV remote controls will be able to tell which member of the household is using it, simply by the way that person holds and uses the remote, and offer recommendations on what to watch. The company is looking to accomplish this with a mix of hard sensors, such as camera and GPS, which include browsing and social networks.

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