This is your brain on cognitive assistance
Artificial intelligence technology isn't yet sophisticated enough to bring us the sort of thinking, feeling computer depicted in the Spike Jonze film Her — but researchers at IBM are poised to bring us one step closer. Neuroscientist and master inventor James Kozloski has patented the technology for a memory-enhancing computer system that he describes as a "cognitive assistant." Modeled on human memory, it would use a combination of surveillance and machine learning to recognize our hesitation when we forget — in order to remind us where we left our keys in the morning, or even finish our sentences.
A prototype is likely years away. But James believes his technology could be life-changing for people with diseases like Alzheimer's — or anybody looking to enhance their memory. Brent chats with James about his invention, and what kind of an impact the technology might have on our brains.