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Offline Gilnei

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« on: June 11, 2006, 01:16:40 PM »
I admit I may have gone a little too far on the "mind reading" aspect, but hey, I bet that got your attention.  :D

"Sitting stone still under a skull cap fitted with a couple dozen electrodes, American scientist Peter Brunner stares at a laptop computer. Without so much as moving a nostril hair, he suddenly begins to compose a message -- letter by letter -- on a giant screen overhead."

More: http://www.physorg.com/news69039322.html

Since neurology is Steven Novella's field, and the site also had at least a dozen instances of Robert Novella's favorite "nano" word, I suppose at least they might have already read about this earlier, but oh well. :)

Since I was a little kid wishing to control videogames with my thoughts, I wondered when something like this would be feasible.

Now I'm glad it's becoming reality - and will possibly help countless people who really need it.
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2006, 02:22:36 PM »
Actually, it's been done. A number of direct neural interface research groups working on this that have had various degrees of success, one of them have a working game of pong. I can't find the original reference I read about a group where the BCI players were beating the hand-eye players by a significant score but here are some other links on the topic you might enjoy reading...

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.03/brain.html?pg=1&topic=brain&topic_set=

http://www.bci-info.org/

http://www.nature.com/news/2004/040823/pf/040823-18_pf.html
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2006, 03:14:22 PM »
Right now I'd settle for a wetware interface to replace my mouse and stylus. Eight hours a day of option-clicking in Photoshop leave my hands pretty sore at the end of the day sometimes. I'd also like to have a backup storage drive wired directly into my brain to help me recover that killer guitar lick I figured out last night and swore I could never forget so didn't bother to record. That'd be sweet. . .And maybe a virtual personality that I could switch to so I could just take a nap whilst in the middle of a long and boring phone conversation with my sister, who I love, but gets hurt feelings when I tell her I don't really give a sh*t what she bought at the mall. Anybody working on any of those things?

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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2006, 03:25:04 PM »
Great links cyborganics, thank you!

Gost, one of my first priorities would be a decent log and backup system. I'm so used to having it for online conversations, that it's really frustrating when I can't recall some detail of a live conversation from a few days - or even hours - earlier.  :)
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