Gabe Newell is one of the biggest names in video game history. This is why, when he decides to talk about something, many pay attention to it. Recently his statements reached many ears since he said that things that we saw in the Matrix are closer to being a reality than people believe.
In a recent interview with IGN, Newell, who is best known for being Valve’s CEO, spoke about research he has done on ineffective brain-computers. That is a technology that takes brain waves and processes or interprets them with a computer.
Getting fully into this topic when he has this opportunity has made Newell believe he has enormous potential. Of course, the applications of this technology are at a basic level; however, the executive believes that we are closer than people think to see applications similar to the Matrix, legendary science fiction movie.
“We’re way closer to the Matrix than people realize. It’s not gonna be The Matrix. The Matrix is a movie and it misses all the interesting, technical subtleties and just how weird the post-brain computer interface world is gonna be. But it’s gonna have a huge impact on the kinds of experiences that we can create for people,” he explained.
Later, Newell made it clear that this is something he believes will be revolutionary. So much so that it will have such a great influence on gaming that I think everyone will have to get on this train sooner or later.
“It’s an extinction-level event for every entertainment form that’s not thinking about [BCI]. If you’re in the entertainment business and you’re not thinking about this, you’re going to be thinking a lot more about it in the future,” he explained.
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