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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have created a headset and software called AlterEgo that can hear and transcribe internal thoughts. AlterEgo includes headphones that send vibrations through the facial bones and into the ear “to convey information to the user without interrupting conversation or otherwise interfering with the user’s auditory experience,” according to GE Reports. Ultimately, the system can allow the user to ask a silent question and receive an answer which no one else can hear.

AlterEgo uses a machine-learning system that identifies commonalities between signals and sets of words. As of now, its vocabulary is limited, but it can follow arithmetic commands. For more information on the project click here

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