Mind-reading Computers

How busy are you really?

What if your computer knew your state of mind and adjusted your workload to match? What if it blocked distractions according to your specific needs and desires? What if it did this instantaneously, moment by moment, with no extra effort on your part?

Computer scientists and biomedical engineers at Tufts University School of Engineering are collaborating to make this a reality some day soon. Led by professors Robert Jacob and Sergio Fantini, the teams are using a non-invasive tool for measuring brain activity to open a new channel of communication between people and their devices.