With the deployment of Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S, not to mention the steady improvement of voice recognition technology, it would appear as though one of the ways that we could be controlling our smartphones and gadgets in the future would be accomplished through our voice. IBM on the other hand seems to think that technology would have advanced way ahead and that in five years time, we could be controlling our smartphones using our mind.

As part of their “5 in 5” series, IBM has predicted that by the year 2017, technology would have and could have advanced the point where our brain impulses could be used to transmit commands to our smartphones, thus allowing us to perform functions such as making a phone call or even typing up a message simply by thinking about it.

Is this merely wishful thinking (IBM doesn’t seem to think so), or do you think at the rate we are advancing that such a feat is possible in five years? If you’d like a more in-depth explanation of this “dream” that IBM has, head on down to IBM Research News’ blog, or check out the video below for a brief overview.

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