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Wearable MRI Is Former Occulus/Facebook Exec's New Project
Mary Lou Jepsen is now the CEO of a company called Opnwatr, which she says is simultaneously making a “wearable MRI system” and “work[ing] on telepathy.” In the past, she was the cofounder of One Laptop Per Child and was a former executive at both Google X and Facebook’s Oculus.
(Opnwatr's Jepson on wearable MRI systems )
“If I throw you into an MRI machine right now, I can tell you what words you’re about to say,” Jepsen said on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, which was recorded in front of a live audience at South By Southwest. “I can tell you what images are in your head. I can tell what music you’re thinking of. I can tell if you’re listening to me or not. That’s possible with an MRI, now.”
Opnwatr’s vision for the future is a wearable device like a ski cap or a shirt that can analyze things ranging from your thoughts to your health. And the possibilities — which Jepsen readily acknowledges could be both empowering and frightening — don’t stop there, she said.
As far as I know, science fiction's prescient writer Philip K. Dick was the first to describe brain wave detection equipment as consumer electronics; see this article on his cephalochromoscope (or cephscope) - it's filled with references.
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