Arnav Kapur: How AI could become an extension of your mind
TED Fellow Arnav Kapur invents wearable AI devices that augment human cognition and give voice to those who have lost their ability to speak. Full bio
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smarter and more powerful.
artificial intelligence to automate tasks
as external devices
computing, AI and internet as part of us.
with the world around us.
instead of diminishing us or replacing us.
such as creative and intuitive thinking,
and perfectly memorizing stuff?
than the sum of its parts?
that could make that possible.
and it's a wearable device
of a conversational AI
to talking to yourself internally.
that we're showing here,
and here's how it works.
through the nerves
to produce speech.
cognitive and motor tasks
without moving your mouth,
those words internally.
your internal speech systems,
and back of your palate.
to these internal speech systems.
flexible and transparent device
just like a sticker.
on these internal signals
what the user's trying to say.
into the user's inner ear,
natural hearing of the environment,
the input, the output and the AI,
of an interface inside your head
in likeness to talking to yourself.
does not record or read your thoughts.
that you want to communicate
of your internal speech systems.
they want to write.
from the peripheral nervous system.
in all situations resides with the user.
and show you a live demo.
I'm going to ask Eric a question.
for that information
without moving his fingers,
and feed it back to Eric,
in front of him, he's not using it.
to interface with the AI and the internet.
in Vancouver like, right now?
is speaking to himself right now.
and rainy here in Vancouver.
that the AI sent the answer
the device, back to Eric.
of something like this be?
that you silently speak,
speak in one language,
in your head in another.
around the world
or Lou Gehrig's disease,
a painstakingly slow and tiring process.
about 12 years ago
using his head movements.
to communicate a single sentence.
he'd like to use or say, using our system.
"Hello, how are you?"
help with something.
to use our system for
because that old system kept on crashing.
using our system for the first time.
in real time for the first time
in real time like Doug,
and with their families.
express their thoughts and ideas.
as extensions of our cognition,
entities or adversaries,
and unlocking our true potential.
to becoming better at being human.
they're going to clear the stage.
uncomfortable feelings around this.
what does it look like?
before we started working on this,
as an afterthought.
right into the design.
from the brain directly,
the voluntary nervous system
to communicate with the device,
of a thinking or a thought device.
a lot more questions for you.
to disappear completely.
I shouldn't be able to see it.
you want it in the background,
that conforms to the skin,
an even smaller version
they want to ask Arnav,
ABOUT THE SPEAKERArnav Kapur - Technologist
TED Fellow Arnav Kapur invents wearable AI devices that augment human cognition and give voice to those who have lost their ability to speak.
Why you should listen
At the MIT Media Lab, Arnav Kapur is inventing a device called Alter Ego, which lets users converse with machines, AI assistants and other people by articulating words internally. Utilizing bone conduction to transmit and receive streams of information, the result is a totally discreet and completely internal method of communication.
As Kapur says: "This work is about enabling people and extending human intelligence. Can we weave artificial intelligence and computing into the human condition, as an extension of our cognition -- combining human creativity and intuition with the power of AI, computation and information? Can we build technology that enables us, not distracts us; that augments us, instead of replacing us; that disappears into the background of the human experience, raising us to new levels of curiosity and creativity?"
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