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Are You Telepathic? Incredible Hack Gives Siri The Ability To Read People’s Minds [Video] | Cult of Mac

**UPDATE of sadness: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2011/11/14/siri-mind-control-hack-fake/ **

Since the advent of the iPhone’s multitouch interface, I’ve been fascinated by technologies that lower the bar between an operator’s thoughts and the actual result within the computer (/device). Before the advent of Siri, I hypothesized that speech input would soon come to replace touch, mainly because touch requires us to change our visual focus from whatever we’re trying to accomplish in the real world, to look down at the screen of our device.

But speech removes that hurdle, enabling a whole new kind of multitasking. Using Siri, I can now place calls, perform web searches (and have the resulting webpages actually ready back to me outloud), play any selection of my music, and much more, simply by raising the device to my head and speaking naturally. The best places to do this? While driving, or cooking – activities I don’t really want to be using a touch interface for (for one, because of safety, and the other, because my fingers are usually covered with olive oil and/or garlic) but which generally provide many opportunities for effective multi-tasking. (“Siri, how many tablespoons are there in three cups?”).

But of course speech inputs for years have had to be “trained” for days, if not weeks, ahead of time, and essentially amount to matching the specific sounds within words to your vocal patterns, a method which is both inaccurate, and slow.

But as this video demonstrates, we’re not too far off from a world where both touch and speech input could be replaced by a direct “thought” interface.

The advantages of that should be obvious: imagine a world with no keyboards or mouses, where your Xbox has no 18-button’ed controller, where composing a letter was a simple as thinking it.

The seamless integration of human thought and computing power will obviate much, if not all, of our current clunky interface systems, and bring the world one step closer to “Snow Crash“.

Siri will chip away at Google’s mobile search business (via @arstechnica)

Think of all the times you’ve found yourself Googling stuff on your iPhone to settle a friendly debate with friends about a movie or athlete. There are a million things mobile users query Google about every day on their phones, but I theoretically could have used Siri to look up that entire list for me, and with much less effort on my part.

For Google, this is not good news.

Google recently stated during its testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that a whopping two-thirds of its mobile search traffic comes from iOS devices. If even half of those users eventually migrate over to Siri for the majority of their basic inquiries from their iPhones, Google’s mobile search business could find itself in flux. When roughly 66 percent of your mobile search traffic comes from a platform that now has an “intelligent assistant” making its own queries without the help of Google, a strategy change may be in the cards sooner than later. So far, Google is remaining mum on Siri.

Siri: Apple’s secret software ninja? Sneaks in through your phone, ends up taking over your life. In such a nice way.