Facebook wants to create a device that can read your mind — literally. It’s funding research on brain-machine interfaces that can pick up thoughts directly from your neurons and translate them into words, the company announced in a blog post last week.
The short-term goal is to help patients with paralysis, by decoding their brain signals and allowing them to “speak” their thoughts without ever having to move a muscle. That could be a real public good, significantly improving quality of life for millions of people. In the US alone, 5.4 million people currently live with paralysis.
But Facebook’s long-term goal is to reach a much, much wider audience: The aim, it says, is to give all of us the ability to control digital devices — from keyboards to augmented reality glasses — using the power of thought alone. To do that, the company will need access to our brain data. Which, of course, raises some ethical concerns.
Earl Nightingale (1921–1989) was one of the most prominent motivational speakers and authors of all time. He wrote and recorded over 7,000 radio programs, 250 audio programs as well as television programs and videos.
The Strangest Secret was recorded in 1956. During that time, it has sold over a million copies and has become one of the most renowned sources of motivation in the world. Its message is simple, yet powerful, and it became the basis for the Nightingale-Conant Corporation. Many thousands of people have attributed this recording with turning their lives around and helping them make their fortunes in the world.
And the secret is… “We become what we think about.”
You’re already awesome, but sometimes you’re tired, busy, or for some other reason can’t be at your best 100% of the time. When you need to be, however, you can manipulate your brain and body to rise to the challenge. Here’s how to fool yourself into living up to your full potential in a moment’s notice.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could absorb a power star or some sort of video-game-style power-up when you needed to overcome an obstacle that you just don’t have the energy for? It’s an alluring idea, and in ways, it’s more possible than you might think.
Look at it this way: your reasons for avoiding everything from work to exercise to social activity are all self-inflicted. We’re subconsciously playing tricks on our brains to avoid doing work. In this article, we’re going to look at how reverse the behaviors that cause common problems to solve them instead.