Have you ever played a game but got too good at it to the point of sheer boredom? Or perhaps you went the opposite direction and fell into a fit of rage-quitting instead.
Well, according to Gabe Newell, the head of video games giant Valve Corporation, the future of gaming brings with it an extinction-level transformation – the ability to ‘edit’ feelings using Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI).
Newell believes that BCI technology has the power to redefine the very meaning of gaming, beyond what we can see, hear, and touch.
Valve Corporation, the people that brought us cult-classics like Counter-Strike and Half-life, believe that BCI has immense future potential to elevate gaming.
With the use of BCIs, which are devices that analyze a user’s brain waves in order to interpret them as data, virtual reality (VR) titles could provide a far more immersive gaming experience. More immersive than they already are.
According to Newell, Valve has already begun working on an open-source BCI software project, with developers trying to figure out a way to properly integrate it into VR helmets.
“We’re working on an open source project so that everybody can have high-resolution [brain signal] read technologies built into headsets, in a bunch of different modalities,” Newell said. More specifically, Valve is working with OpenBCI headsets, which unveiled a headset design called Galea back in November 2020.
At the moment, people just accept the feelings they feel at face value. But Newell hopes that BCI will help ‘edit’ feelings digitally.
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“Where it gets weird is when who you are becomes editable through a BCI,” said Newell, continuing to explain that unwanted feelings could be a thing of the past, for therapeutic reasons of course.
Just like tapping a single button in a neat little app.
But this could also benefit other aspects of our lives. For instance, you’ve got a major deadline to meet and it’s crunch time. However, your mind is racing everywhere, rendering you unable to get your work done on time. Newell posits that with a BCI, a computer could literally increase your level of focus, enabling you to get important tasks done.
IMAGE: OpenBCI / Road To VR
Similarly, if you’re trying to optimize your sleep pattern, you could just program an app to give you however much sleep you desire.
If this sounds concerning to you from a privacy standpoint, don’t worry. Valve says the technology isn’t invasive.. yet.
But will it help people with other, more serious problems?
Say, forgetting a former significant other, or moving on from a past traumatic experience. I guess only time can tell.
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