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Jack me in! [Jan. 14th, 2004|12:45 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Transforming Thoughts Into Deeds
http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,61889,00.html?tw=wn_story_top5
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.
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"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.
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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!"
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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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