Well, it is time now for our latest Bloomberg west series of
bioengineering the senses.
A closer look at the technology on the frontiers of medical science.
Today, we are looking at the machine behind physicist Stephen Hawking
and how smartful technology is helping him communicate.
Medicine has not been able to cure me.
So I rely on technology to help me communicate and live.
That vital system that Professor Stephen Hawking relys on
has recently done upgrade.
Tasks that used to take 3-4 minutes
like opening a word document now take around 10 seconds.
Intel has been working with Hawking for decades.
And the latest upgrade was over two years in the Miega.
So we completely change the way that
his interfacing with these aspects the system to have him not to rely on the mouse,
so based on whatever he happens to be doing,
we would surface the most logical things that he might want to do.
That also applies to Hawking’s text-to-speech system.
You can start up with SwiftKey
whose software runs predictive task dap on smart phones
has double talking speech rate
It considers with Hawking’s last writing
whether there were any errors
and then tries to predict which character he might choose next.
To do that, the SwiftKey program has to learn
how Hawking writes and speaks
by analyzing dozens of his documents.
Some published, others not.
The tests we ran showed that
of a given body of text made up of
a certain number of characters.
Professor Hawking would actually only have to enter around 15 to 20 percent of those characters.
And the rest would be inferred.
Now here is the crazy part.
Everything Stephen Hawking does on his computer
is triggered by one muscle in his cheek.
And inference center detects when his cheek muscle moves up.
Just the way our smart phones can sense
when it is close to the face.
Future versions of this technology
are aiming to take a bigger range of movement into account.
But he can actually to they say yes and no by moving
you know, his eyebrows and by pulling his mouth.
So one of those things we have been working on is,
using essentially a Canada system to detect these different movements.
So now we can, for example
undo things by saying “No”
rather than having to go a manipulate the whole screen
to get to a back space button, for example.
Intel is even trying to develop brain control interfaces,
which could help people who can
no longer move any muscles at all.
That will necessarily happen to Stephen Hawking.
But with the market forecast to reach 55 billion dollars in 2016,
it represents the next leap for a system of technologies.