There I am digesting this Forbes article (with annoying adverts) on mind control gadgets when I read that “As imperfect as both companies’ technologies may be, they’ve each found real venture funding. Neurosky says it’s received a total of $7.7 million in investments but wouldn’t reveal the investors. Emotiv has taken $15 million in funding from Technology Venture Partners, Epicure Capital Partners, Stillwater Capital and the Australian federal government”.
Whilst I can see the applications – now and in the future – will find enormous markets (after all, who doesn’t want telekinetic powers?) I was a bit surprised to see Kevin Rudd’s government backing Emotiv. The company’s website says that one backer is Aussie investor TVP. Whilst I can’t yet see the link with any Aussie government investment I imagine (read guess) that it’s of the tax concession variety. But I could be wrong.
One application that I imagined straight away was using mind control to drive a car, thinking that was probably a stretch (and likely to be a bit dangerous in the ‘real world’ of drug-fueled road-rage and distracted cell phone users). But of course they’ve already done it.