"Now with BCI"


My phone doesn't get me. Sure, it alerts me as to when someone (or some computer) has something to say, but it can't read my feelings and adjust its interface, sounds, color scheme, etc. accordingly. Motorola's MOTOFWRD competition has yielded inventions such as the mood phone, but that applies to interpersonal communication between folks such as you and me, not between my phone and me.

What I'm thinking of are the even subtler nuances my phone displays: the cheerful four-note crescendo signaling a successful contact deletion; the always-present menu in its always-same order; the ringer volume that seems to disrupt my sexiest (or sleepiest) moments.

What I want my phone to know is that the name I'm deleting is that of a recently deceased friend and no happy jingle is necessary; setting the alarm should take place by simply reminding myself when I need to wake up; the ringer volume and tone should change according to my neurological (and physical) activity.

With the foray into brain-computer interface in its adolescence, I think it reasonable to expect my phone to do all of the aforementioned within the next 25 years.

The phone seems an easy, and profitable, launching point. From there, the possibilities are endless.


At 7/26/07 1:24 PM, Blogger tokyocrunch said...


A phone programmed to "understand" its human owner would instantly explode in the hands of a woman.

Much like myself.


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