Imagine a robot stacking boxes in a warehouse when it suddenly sees that one box is in the wrong stack. It goes back and puts the container in the right place. How did the machine know it had made a mistake?
The robot’s human boss didn’t punch any codes into a computer to have the robot correct its mistake. The boss didn’t say a word. She simply looked over, recognized the robot’s error, and the robot was able to recognize her thoughts and correct its mistake.
This may sound like a scene out of a sci-fi movie but it’s close to reality.
Scientists from Boston University and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have joined efforts to develop brain-controlled robots.