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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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