Have you ever thought of an object or toy so incredible and singular that you wish you could just make it out of thin air?
This concept may have seemed impossible – and perhaps a little childishly amusing – up until May 8th , when George Laskowsky Ziguilinsky of Thinker Thing placed on an Emotiv Epoc neuroheadset. He then created a 3D shape – one evolutionary mutation at a time – in his mind, where it was subsequently translated by the headset and printed with a 3D printer. That’s right; he literally just thought something into existence.
His ground- breaking creation is a giant step towards a bigger dream: The Monster Dreamer, an interactive program where children can create monsters by evolving them in their minds. His company, Thinker Thing, has already received funding from the Chilean Government and is working on reshaping education in remote and disadvantaged schools throughout South America. They will be going on an extended trip from Chile to Patagonia, touring through various education centers to allow children to interact and engage with their new invention. The creations of the children would be put on exhibition with information about the children who created them, and their daily lives.
Thinker Thing uses what they call ‘DNA seeds’ to liken brain algorithms to the beginning point of an evolutionary chain. Various species of animals, though diverse in their descended nature, can all be traced back to a common DNA ancestor. The [easyazon-link asin=”B00168VU4U” locale=”us”]neuroheadset[/easyazon-link] would pick up on the emotional responses in a user that were linked to provide visual stimuli (ie. pictures of dinosaurs) and use those responses to begin a natural selections process that would define the next generation of the object. For instance, if a child started creating a creature that looked like a tiger, and focused with favor on the tail, the creature would be evolved appropriately.
At present, they have just finished their fundraising campaign.
Future Implications: Let’s be real – creating toys basically out of thin air with your mind is something that a good amount of us have dreamed us since we were kids. But what really gets me pumped about this technology is the unimaginable possibilities that it provides after it has been honed and perfect. Could we create customized personal objects to fit into every structure of our daily life? And how might society change if creativity is an encouraged, daily routine for the common individual?
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