6. Professor X might read and control your mind one day
In an age of surveillance and selfie sticks, privacy is hard to come by. Thankfully, at least our thoughts are still safe from everyone except Santa Claus and your deity of choice.
Except that might not always be the case. Researchers have already created something called NeuroSys, an aptly named computer program that can identify the word you're thinking of when hooked up to it. As the technology develops, it could one day be able to interpret full thoughts. The people behind this project hope it can be used to let us type emails without touching a screen, or talk without opening our mouths, which is great, because we'll be too busy screaming.
But don't worry, it gets worse. In a groundbreaking/pants-crapping study from the University of Washington, pairs of people had their brains connected via a brain-to-brain interface. Through this process, one subject could control the hand of the other simply by thinking about it. So, in other words, mind control. Dance, puppets, dance.
Sure, neither of these can yet be used on you without your knowledge, and if consumer models hit the market, there might be some awesome applications. But just in case, we'll be working on our tin foil hats.
Joe Oliveto is a staff writer at Supercompressor, which is kind of close to having a superpower. Follow him on Twitter.
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