Mobile App Screens Calls With Brain Waves
alphadogg writes "A mobile app under development can filter phone calls and reroute them directly to voicemail by reading brain waves, cutting the need for users to press buttons on the smartphone screen. The app, called Good Times, is the brainchild of Ruggero Scorcioni, CEO and founder of Brainyno, who presented the technology at the AT&T Innovation Showcase in New York, where some of the company's top research projects were highlighted. The app analyzes brainwaves as a phone call comes in, and depending on a person's mental state, reroutes a call. Information about brain waves is collected by a headset and sent to the smartphone via a Bluetooth connection, after which the app uses algorithms to analyze the status of a brain." Of course, the user has to be wearing a headset to detect the brainwaves. The software's creator hopes such detection can someday be integrated into devices like Google Glass.
Congress Must Allow More STEM Visas Today
Editor's note: Michael Beckerman is President and CEO of The Internet Association, a new policy lobby representing Google, Amazon, and Facebook, among many web-based technology companies. This piece, in support of the STEM Jobs Act currently being considered by Congress, is their first public policy statement. Highly skilled and talented people are a powerful source of new innovation and job creation, and Internet companies across America know first- hand that immigrants create jobs, build companies, invent new products and services and push the U.S. economy forward in a critically important way.
How The Government Saved The Internet
Reed Hundt was chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. He served under President Bill Clinton and currently serves as CEO of the Coalition For Green Capital. The government had a critical role in fostering the growth of the Internet during its commercial infancy in the early 90s; I witnessed this first-hand at the FCC, when we worked with Al Gore and Congress to expand access and reduce barriers for this new medium. We thought it could become, and we wanted it to be become, the dominant medium for information exchange for the country and the world. Two governmental initiatives in particular, eliminating the interstate connection charges collected by the local telephone company and connecting classrooms and libraries to the web, greatly helped the Internet fulfill its destiny.