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CNET News Video: A computer that knows what you're thinking

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CNET News Video: A computer that knows what you're thinking

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Imagine a computer that can tell your next move. That's exactly what scientists at SRI Labs have developed in Menlo Park, Calif. CNET's Sumi Das visits the lab to give you a peek at the technology.

-What is it they say the eyes have it? At research institute, SRI, computer scientists have developed Bright. -So we're trying to move away from the keyboard and mouse into a new mode of interacting with a system where the system is staring back at you. -Bright uses 16 cameras and 16 infrared sensors to enable key features. Using biometric technology, Bright can scan a user's face and iris, log them in and automatically load their data and other content. It can also determine what you're viewing on screen down to the exact word you're reading. -By analyzing what you're looking at and how long you're looking at it, Bright is able to do something unique. It can figure out what's of specific interest to you. -Bright is trying to identify what you've currently read by gaze tracking, seeing that you've read this recent e-mail and then a notification to understand that you're currently working on some other application and you have some high priority task you're working on. The system can model what's in your short term memory and potentially identify if something in your short-term memory has fallen off your stack. -Say you're planning a holiday, but you're side tracked by an incoming work e-mail, Bright could remind you to finish making reservations for your trip. A system that knows your every move may put privacy advocates on edge, but it could also help IT departments respond more quickly to cyber security threats, which makes Bright a technology worth keeping an eye on. In Menlo Park, California, I'm Sumi Das, cnet.com for CBS New.

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