While CES 2014 is mainly focusing on wearable tech, mobile devices and gigantic 4K TV panels, Intel’s keynote presentation was much more about the future of computing, science, and even brain implants.
Computer chips already work faster than human brains, and there’s a good chance that within 12 years, the number of transistors powering an average computer, or mobile device, will exceed the number of neurons (circa 100 billion) in our brain. This prediction is derived from Moore’s Law, and was stated on stage by Mooly Eden, Intel’s head of perceptual computing, who spoke at CES 2014 about the future of computing.
“We are narrowing the gap between what we can do with our devices and what we can do with our brain.” “We will finally remove the fiction from the science fiction,” he claimed.
In the near future, people would “open a car door with our finger, receive constant information about our health” and use devices that “interface directly with your brain,” Eden said.
Eden also stressed that in order to keep progressing the technology, computing needs to take on a more “natural” approach. To make this a reality, Intel has created the RealSense brand, under which Intel will work to develop these products and work with third-party manufacturers to integrate them in the devices we use every day.
The first product is a 3D camera embedded on laptops, designed to mimic the human eye – if not surpass its capabilities altogether. Eden promised “many more” products to follow in the RealSense brand, and knowing how strongly Intel is committed to mindreading, brain interfaces are likely on the horizon as well.