Posted by Data in Cortex Command - December 13th, 2008

In this week of examples of recent tech breakthroughs that bring us closer to the world of Cortex Command; behold the first stable, artificial osteocutaneous (“bone-skin”, in this case metal-skin) interface:

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The process of merging the skin and the metal pin is similar to the way that skin interacts with deer antlers. This breakthrough, although great for prosthetics, is also a prerequisite for making permanent, wired brain-computer interfaces. Otherwise, the physical ports into the body would risk getting infected all the time.

There’s already significant work done on how to decode visual signals going to the brain (more), so the video-in jack on the back of my head that I’ve always wanted can’t be far off! No more need to sit upright, staring at a monitor all day — or to use hands on a keyboard/mouse, for that matter… bring on the interface revolution!

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46 Responses to “On the Progress of Man…”

  1. Seraph - # December 13th, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Soon, your dream will be realised Data! Soon, we will all become Cortex Commanders…

  2. Roon3 - # December 13th, 2008 at 2:56 am

    I knew that brain jar I bought would come in handy one day, I knew!

  3. Akuryo - # December 13th, 2008 at 3:07 am


    I want some brain controlled fps 😀

    3rd!! 🙂

  4. Ghost Bear - # December 13th, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Or cortex commanded

  5. geti - # December 13th, 2008 at 5:13 am

    yay, this means we’re getting something new soon, its just been delayed. im glad data has a keen interest in new technology, im learning about all kinds of crazy stuff in between releases.
    oh, i just remembered what was said and figured why the new build is a bit off, because the release is going to match up the windows and mac builds all the features from the new windows build will have to be ported before release.
    cool 🙂

  6. MegaMick - # December 13th, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Yay! I’m gonna be a brain hacker! 😀

  7. Jangorulz - # December 13th, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Megamick if you became a brain hacker wouldent you get a brain virus from your computer? :D.

  8. Zinc - # December 13th, 2008 at 8:19 am


    Last time I checked, computers can’t have meningitis.

    Also, I’ve always wanted a USB Port in the back of my head, transfer thoughts to the computer anyone? 😀
    After brain-computer technology is sustained, the Cortex Commanders shall rule the world! And if there’s ever a war across the technology, we already know how to win! Open up Cortex Command and send the files to the war! >:D

  9. Block - # December 13th, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I want metal jaws and teeth. And artificial lungs that can separate oxygen from water.

  10. Deathbal101 - # December 13th, 2008 at 10:52 am

    wow. thats not insane at all. whens the release estamite?

  11. Warman - # December 13th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    That’s pretty cool.
    Build 23?

  12. CandleJack - # December 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Did Data ever mention that one video game that is controlled with your mind?

  13. Duh102 - # December 13th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    @ Zinc
    Exactly, just load up DSTech and order anything, you’ll automatically win every war.

  14. Quweman - # December 13th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Yay DaTa is posting more dev logs.

  15. Azukki - # December 13th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Data is either in caps or a proper noun, regardless to the fact it’s a contraction of his full name.

    DaTa looks awful. Random caps in usernames irk me.

    Anyways, this is cool stuff. B23 coming soon would also be cool.

  16. Kurrus - # December 14th, 2008 at 5:52 am

    So where’s the lua console in real life? I can’t find it.

  17. Lord Tim - # December 14th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Data, with all this Science, you could make a robot to write CC for you. Then you could program it to give out random release dates and everything! 😀

  18. PlasmaNova - # December 14th, 2008 at 2:54 pm


  19. Geti - # December 14th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    @tim: epic win on the last sentence.

  20. TFSR - # December 14th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Data, I’m sure we all love you dearly, and we don’t want you to shoot us with that AK-47 of yours, but seriously. It’s been a week since the release date and no build 23.

  21. J23 - # December 14th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Wow, Data, you seem to really want your universe to come to life…but it would be pretty awesome to create a virtual world for yourself, one that could fulfill any desire you have, and you could live there instead of here…and…sorry, rambling again.

  22. Lord Tim - # December 14th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    I notice your RSS feed machine is working. At least you got some work out of that robot.

  23. grenade - # December 15th, 2008 at 9:55 am

    @13. DUH102 – # DECEMBER 13TH, 2008 AT 4:19 PM

    AALs can stop DSTechs 🙂

  24. Deathbal101 - # December 15th, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    NeXt ReLeAsE!?!?! wHeN!?!?!?!

  25. Jangorulz - # December 15th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Yes but if you havea usb port inheback f your head you would need to replace some of your brain with some tech shit and that part will be infected:\.

  26. Vash - # December 15th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    I propose when we all become Cortex commanders FOR REAL we go on a war of purification and kill all others that scoff at cortex command!

    btw, cool tech is cool.

  27. Jay - # December 16th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    The problem with a video in jack on the back of your head:
    The back of your head is so damn inaccessible!
    Put it under your jaw or next to your eyes or something.
    There’s just not enough dexterity working behind your back for you to plug anything in with any finesse/speed.

  28. J23 - # December 16th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    What do you mean, Jay? You can easily reach around to the back of your head, so long as you don’t have to fiddle with buttons or switches on the device you plug in.

  29. Azukki - # December 16th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    “video-in jack on the back of my head”
    Oh, they have those. For like a million dollars and absolutely horrid quality, and that’s if you do the training and get the super-invasive surgery. And they’d probably only try it if you were blind.

    I just watched a thing about it on the science channel.

  30. Azukki - # December 16th, 2008 at 10:41 pm
    oh and they can only use it for an hour a day

  31. Darkmatter - # December 19th, 2008 at 4:46 am

    hey this may be random but i cant seem to get my 360 controller to work on my computer. its a wireless so i use the charge and play cord but it should still work right? anyone please help

  32. ARme - # December 22nd, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Data
    Do you think a more complete version of Cortex Command will be available for Christmas ? Or is it preferable to wait new year for a gift license ?
    A version with some more contents would be appreciated.

  33. Durza - # December 23rd, 2008 at 5:27 am

    @Darkmatter. It wont work, you’ll need a wireless adapter.

  34. whitty - # December 23rd, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    what i did to get that to work is plug in the controller, have it install its driver software, and restart my comp. make sure it is plugged in when you load CC. and make sure you configure using gamepad 1 and dual analog.

  35. NotYourDog - # December 23rd, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    will the logitech rumblepad 2 work with cortex command?

  36. Hiro - # December 23rd, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Cortex Command was recently featured on with a very positive review. Hope it brings in some more customers. Click my name to see the review.

  37. Tea - # December 24th, 2008 at 4:05 am

    NOTYOURDOG: It probably will although there wont be any rumble.

  38. TFSR - # December 24th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    So, uh… will b23 be under the virtual tree?

  39. Aspect - # December 24th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    ^ That’s what I’m hoping for
    (hint, hint)

  40. bobbyb - # December 24th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Are we going to get something for the holidays? 😛 *cough*B23*cough*

  41. Krumbs - # December 25th, 2008 at 9:57 am

    To answer your question ye in the past.



  42. Octyl - # December 25th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Merry Christmas!

  43. Tomaster - # December 25th, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Merry Christmas everyone.

  44. Kenny Compton - # December 25th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Merry Christmas Data! And to all the developing team. Good work, I love it.

  45. neoseeker - # December 25th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    merry chri-

    that’s right, no b23 🙁

  46. robolee - # December 25th, 2008 at 7:55 pm


    Data you are awesome, I’m making a game myself and seeing CC in action makes me appreciate all the effort you put into this a little bit more, hope you had a very awesome christmas!

    Prom (if you actually read this), Your arting skills are very inspirational, keep it up, hope you had a very awesome christmas!

    Numgun and Capn’bubsy, thanks for being excellent insiders for the whole CC community, hope you also had an awesome christmas.