MIT student wows ’60 Minutes’ by surfing the internet and ordering pizza — with his mind

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MIT graduate student Arnav Kapur on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” (CBS News via Twitter)

If getting away from your laptop or smartphone any other internet-connected device is your last hope for getting lost in the quiet of your own thoughts, a kid at MIT appears poised to mess with that.

Arnav Kapur, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, was featured on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, showing off a project called AlterEgo. The device worn on Kapur’s head works when the user internally vocalizes a specific command or question — sort of like silently Googling something in your head. Electrical signals that the brain normally sends to the vocal cords are intercepted and sent to a computer and that information is then communicated to the user’s inner ear via vibrations.

Watch Kapur — looking like a “Rain Man” for the modern age — give the answer to 45,689 divided by 67. And see him name the largest city in Bulgaria and give its population.

Kapur, who has only been working on the project for a year, didn’t stop there. He also wowed the “60 Minutes” crew by ordering a pizza with his thoughts.

OK, wait a minute. I’ve done this so many times in my head I’ve lost count. Sure, the pizza never actually showed up, like it did for Kapur and company, but man I could taste it.