Thursday, October 14, 2004

Electrodes capture signals from the brain to manipulate objects by thinking

news @ - Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought:

"A pill-sized brain chip has allowed a quadriplegic man to check e-mail and play computer games using his thoughts. The device can tap into a hundred neurons at a time, and is the most sophisticated such implant tested in humans so far."


Blogger Meshon said...

A little digging and "voila!" It turns out that John Donoghue, Ph.D, Chief Scientific Officer of Cyberkinetics (the maker of this Braingate) gets funding from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for his research. Hmmm, maybe that was already obvious. As if they WOULDN'T be involved.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Allison Muri said...


The DARPA website has brain-machine interfaces in an interesting category:


"The Human Assisted Neural Devices Program represents a major DSO thrust area that will comprise a multidisciplinary, multipronged approach with far reaching impact. The program will create new technologies for augmenting human performance through the ability to noninvasively access codes in the brain in real time and integrate them into peripheral device or system operations."

"Far-reaching impact" indeed. This is just a bit scary.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will they soon be able to create better armor systems conrtolled by these "thought" chips? will they be able to control the armor when their natural strength would not have the ability? will we need to bioengineer "better" humans to control these ARMORs?

8:50 AM  

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