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Jack me in! [Jan. 14th, 2004|12:45 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Transforming Thoughts Into Deeds
Cyberkinetics already has trained monkeys to move a cursor using only thought, and has asked the Food and Drug Administration for permission to test the device on humans.
"It looks a lot like the Matrix," Surgenor said, referring to the sockets in the backs of the movie characters' heads that allowed them to log into the Matrix grid.
Through the 100 prongs, researchers can "listen" to 50 to 150 neurons at once, which gives them a robust reading from a neural network in the brain. Signals from the neuron travel from the plug through a fiber-optic cable to a device about the size of a VHS tape that digitizes the neuronal signals. Another cable from the digitizer runs to a computer system that translates the signal. Surgenor said the whole system eventually will be wireless.
Wireless? Yes, I want my thoughts transmitted over the air!

Walk by McDonalds: "You're feeling hungry! You want a McChicken Deluxe!"

From: thp
2004-01-14 08:59 pm (UTC)
On a related note, there's a professor who installed a similar electrode in his arm back in 2002 which allows him to control specially designed equipment. I understand they also put another implant in his wife and had some success sending sensation from the one to the other.

Personally, I'm actually quite interested in this. I'm not crazy about the wireless either though. I'd definitely go with the low-end model that didn't broadcast my thoughts. :P
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-01-14 09:07 pm (UTC)

You're looking at it wrong. McDonalds would know that you don't like their food and leave you alone, or else they'd detect someone coming in wanted a particular product and prepare it in advance for even faster service.

Of course, it won't work like that! ;)

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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-01-14 09:11 pm (UTC)
This would make administration so much nicer, brain works faster than fingers sometimes..

Hey! It'll save your wrists too.
Just wondering how this will affect the porn industry.. hmmm... :)
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2004-01-14 09:25 pm (UTC)

Consider, though...

... that not too long ago, Wired had an article about a blind (as in "his eyes are missing after an accident", not "he needs really thick glasses) man who, after two years of mapping his visual cortex's receptors to find out where and at what voltage electicity needed to be applied to generate phosphenes, now wears two hip-mounted GPUs, glasses with a camera, and has stereo vision. Good enough to drive a Ford Mustang around a parking lot, and plenty good enough to get around for someone who'd already adpated to the total lack of vision.

His vision is only 16x16 pixels (or something abysmally bad like that), and the monkey-joystick interface isn't exactly finely grained (it's all digital movement; not analog movement or digital token processing), but when they perfect both of these technologies (give me 1152x1152 and keyboard-token input--if you have to do that through modeling my use of my hands, fine; I touch type anyway), and I'm SO getting a jack installed in the back of my neck.

Fuck flying cars, give me Neuromancer-style cyberspace...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-01-14 09:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Consider, though...

Get the guy 100x100 resolution and he can at least look at userpics of hearty girls shoving their cleavage together on LJ!
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2004-01-14 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Consider, though...

Hahaha did you ever play Burn::Cycle?

It was one of those movie/game things that came out right when CDROM drives started hitting.

There's a part where theres a punk guy sitting on the couch, plugged in.
Then a comment is made that he's "addicted to the hum"...

I dunno- the Internet is already escapist enough.
When you've got direct access to your brain, fantasy is reality.
I can't quite come to grips with hiding in a world like that.
The ramifications would I think be most approximated by Heroin, if many people were *forced* to do it every once in a while (or every day?)-
IE: if interfacing like this is around, likely some people will have to use it as part of their jobs, and resist the temptation to just leave themselves plugged in all the time.
On a lighter note, a dream recorder would be neat-o :)
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[User Picture]From: mart
2004-01-14 10:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Consider, though...

I guess you'd have to “switch out” the natural visual system first or else it would overwhelm the computer-supplied imagery.

It would be nice to be able to overlay stuff onto vision, though. The first idea that comes into my head is a in-vision clock to avoid the need to wear a watch, but combined with this “neuron listening” stuff all sorts of things could be made possible.

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[User Picture]From: mrwiz
2004-01-15 03:14 am (UTC)
mmm, McChicken Deluxe!
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