It is now official, Toyota has announced that they are developing a mind controlled wheel chair. Unless Toyota is planning to take the world by storm by putting large numbers of motorized wheelchairs on the roads, I suspect this technology will soon make its way into their other products, maybe cars?
Of course, this will have some risks
- Cars may inherit drivers personality (ouch, there are some people who shouldn’t be allowed to drive)
- Cars with hungry drivers will make unpredictable turns into drive through lanes
- Car could inadvertently eject annoying back seat drivers
- Mortality rates for cheating husbands may go up (see http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/1965115/detail.html, http://www.click2houston.com/news/1576669/detail.html, http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/840828/posts and a thousand other such posts)
- It would be really hard to administer a driving test! Would the ability to think be a requirement for drivers?
Can you think of other risks? I didn’t think I would come to this conclusion but I kind of like the way things are right now where my car has a mind of its own.