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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!"

[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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