December 7, 2004

STILL WANT TO BE UNPLUGGED?:

Device for the Paralyzed Turns Thinking to Doing (Robert Lee Hotz, December 7, 2004, LA Times)

Harnessing the electrical echoes of thought, researchers have developed a way for people to control a computer cursor simply by thinking about it.

The device, which so far has been tested successfully on four people, does not require implants, surgery or any other invasive medical procedure, the researchers reported Monday. Previous efforts required electrodes wired directly into brain cells.

Instead, scientists at the New York State Department of Health and the State University of New York designed a system to monitor the faint electricity that naturally radiates from every brain and then created special computer software to translate those reflections of thought into direct action. [...]

Scientists have long sought to bridge the gulf of damaged nerves between the brain cells that control movement or speech and the muscles those cells seek to animate.

By developing a link between mind and computer, they hope that patients who are unable to move or speak can resume their interaction with the world around them. Researchers estimate that there are more than half a million "locked-in" patients — people who, due to disease or injury, are unable to control their muscles enough to activate any communication device.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 7, 2004 7:36 AM
Comments

Sell all of your stock in Viagra if this actually works.

Posted by: AllenS at December 7, 2004 7:50 AM

Who in the UK is protecting Steven Hawking?

It, I would presume, be obvious to any doctor in the UK that Steven's life is not worth living.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at December 7, 2004 2:18 PM

oj, my question was retorical.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at December 7, 2004 2:46 PM

Yes, but the answer's revealing.

Posted by: oj at December 7, 2004 2:54 PM
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