Brainwaves Controlling the Colors on Niagara Falls The world is a different place today than it was just a hundred years ago. Travel back two hundred and fifty years, to the founding of America, and it won’t be recognizable. Although the mountains, trees, birds and animals would all look the same, the buildings, possessions and hair styles would be utterly unrecognizable. Today, information travels from Sand Diego to China faster than you can blink your eyes. Handheld Devices Today, people carry handheld device that can call someone around the world and look up movie times for a friend in Alaska. Warfare has evolved to a point that one wrong push of a button could destroy the world seven times over. The driving force behind these changes has been immense leaps forward in computer science research. Not only do people use computers to type an article or send an e-mail, but they use it to automate the building of cars, order gadgets, precisely direct missiles and take pictures of the globe. Computer Science Computer science has made all of this possible, and it’s about to take its next leap forward. Since the 1970s, computer scientists have had an idea. It was a seemingly impossible feat given the technology of the time, but a revolutionary concept if they could but achieve it. With the invention and usage of computers, one could have the power to control an object using only the mind. They wanted to be able to access and use a computer using their thoughts and nothing else. The technology did not exist at the time, but it inspired the work of a recent campaign to do just that. Headbands The company InteraXon has created a brain-sensing headband that they say can actually control a computer. Ariel Garten, the CEO of the company, plus several researchers have been studying the thought pattern of brains since 2007. Their research helped them develop the Muse. The Muse is a head band that sits comfortably on the forehead. The ends slide right behind the ears—like a pair of glasses. Two sensors on the forehead and two behind the ear are all it needs to begin manipulating the world around you. People have been able to change the coloring of Niagara Falls from half a world away, using only their thoughts. That’s not all it does though. InteraXon claims that it can also help you look at your own mind. It offers you the chance to see a glimpse into what’s going on behind the scenes of your thoughts aiding in self-discovery. Although its abilities are still reasonably limited, it can do enough for you that InteraXon is selling them now for just $199. You can begin using your thoughts to control the digital world just as soon as they ship it to you. The device hooks up to your smart phone or computer using blue tooth technology so it is compatible with a lot of the things you already have. The fruits of computer science continue to awe and change the world on a daily basis. Those involved are making meaningful contributions to the world. CCSD offers you an opportunity to be one of these game changers. You can get still go back to get a computer science degree in San Diego. Even if you’re already knee deep in another career, you always have the opportunity to leave it behind and start anew. You’re never too old to try if you’re looking for a change. Drop in to see what a computer science degree from San Diego’s campus can do for you.
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