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Micro Chip Converts Thoughts to Action

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posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 08:47 PM
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A man who lost the use of his limbs in 2001 has again gained the ability to transform thought into action, because of an implanted micro chip. The micro chip containing 100 electrodes was implanted on the mans motor cortex. Associated hard ware assessed the fire of neurons and converts it into action. Many problems still exist including the need for a less bulky system. But the researchers are confidant they will have the technology and a system that will let paralyzed people move again.
 



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The hardware assessed the firing of the neurons--sometimes as much as 200 times a second--and converted it into action. After personalizing the array by having Nagle track a cursor moved by a technician, the computers generated a neural cursor that he then used over the course of 57 subsequent sessions to open e-mail, draw circles and play a version of Pong. It also enabled him to open and close the fingers of a prosthetic hand as well as use a robotic arm to pick up pieces of hard candy and drop them into a technician's hand. He could even control his television, all while conversing with those around him.



"What's truly exciting is this: the cortical activity of a person with a spinal cord injury—controlling a device simply by intending to move his own hand—is similar to the brain activity seen during preclinical studies of monkeys actually using their hands," Hochberg says. "Whether it is real or attempted movement, neurons seem to respond with similar firing patterns."



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This does appear to be a very wonderful new technology. People who were paralyzed from birth or from an accident, or injured in a war, will now have hope to move again. This device converts thought to motion, so now one must wonder, can something similar be used to implant a thought? One could send orders to a solder or a spy in a hostile country and have them implanted directly into his mind. One could communicate with your family by a thought. Its not that far yet but the potential is there.

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posted on Jul, 13 2006 @ 11:18 PM
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The far-out open minded people would believe that this is how anchient civilizations and culture may have harnessed their abilities because of their advanced technology gave them things as this. Of course the reality is one will have to train your own mind to do these naturally, because a foreign man-made device can be tampered and taken control of by a third party....



posted on Jul, 14 2006 @ 06:57 PM
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Originally posted by DYepes
The far-out open minded people would believe that this is how anchient civilizations and culture may have harnessed their abilities because of their advanced technology gave them things as this. Of course the reality is one will have to train your own mind to do these naturally, because a foreign man-made device can be tampered and taken control of by a third party....


Dyepes,
Yes that is a good point. If some one were to communicate by way of an implant that would mean any technical savy groop might be able to interfear. But then also there always encryption, that is old technology now.



posted on Jul, 15 2006 @ 12:48 PM
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Originally posted by RedGolem...so now one must wonder, can something similar be used to implant a thought?

I believe I've seen something on TV (science channel or something) about this. Families communicating by thought, etc.

I'd be a little concerned that my brain could be 'hacked', as eluded to in a previous post. If my will leads to actions, what about someone elses will? I don't care too much for the idea of being able to 'remote control' people.



posted on Jul, 15 2006 @ 03:18 PM
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This is why we must fund as much as possible into learning and then teaching humans how to use their mind naturally for these abilities. I spend hours at a time contemplating and training my mind on a daily basis trying to use it to the full extent.



posted on Jul, 15 2006 @ 06:21 PM
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Well I have heard people say on several occosions that we only use about 10% of our brain. One might think that through training you could learn to use a higher percentage of there brain. But and many thousands of years 10% is all we have managed. So I really dont see that changeing any time soon.



posted on Jul, 15 2006 @ 06:32 PM
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Ff it is possible using a human invention with the brain giving orders, it is possible for the human brain to do it naturally. One just has to connect to your psyche using different pathways and rigourously attempt to do it often. Of course government subsidized research programs could help the process with haste and in a safer manner, but I do not see that happening because they are scared of something they cannot control with a chip.



posted on Jul, 17 2006 @ 06:33 PM
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Dyepes,
You do make a good point with attempting to use the brain offen and government subsidized research. It might have happened once upon a time on very small scale, but no it wont happen now. I also will stand by my idea that we have had many years to evolve and our brains have gotten this far. Maby it will take a few more millinea for it go any farther.



posted on Jul, 17 2006 @ 09:46 PM
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Our brains are already evolved farther than any other being on this planet. We just have to learn how to utilize the extra features of our brains to pursue higher thinking. since there is no evidence, or previous trials on this kind of thing, there is no way to xompare, base, or verify any appropriate methods to do it. All I can say is that I have been persuing several years now on concentrating my thinking beyond what I used to know. It has helped me focus and empathize with much of the world.

I do however believe keeping harmful man-made substances purified as much as possible from the human body in order to not affect the brain. This includes caffiene. typical drugs for illness sympton relief, alcohol, and NICOTINE found in tobacco. You may call me crazy or a hypocrite, but I do not believe marijuana falls into this category as the plant is merely harvested, dired, and then sold on the street without adding any synthetic substances. I believe the naturally occuring THC does not actually induce rare instances of hallucinations, but a higher thinking state that person has not yet trained themself recognize or even realized it existed. They freak, big-headed scientists and psycologists simply blame it on theorys of hallucinations. IT IS NOT PROCESSED!

Cocaine, alcohol are both processed materials. Alcohol has to be fermented and substances are added to it.

I am even trying to go organic foods and beverages to see if it has any affect on my thinking since I can not recall having any before?



posted on Jul, 18 2006 @ 04:41 AM
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Originally posted by DYepes

I am even trying to go organic foods and beverages to see if it has any affect on my thinking since I can not recall having any before?


Dyepes,
I am all for the organic foods. The pestasides and such that are used on produce is defentlly not good for people. Congradulations on training your self to foacus more then usuall. I know people that can do that are much more productive. I find it more relaxing to have a distraction going when I am sitting and trying to get something done. And although our brain has evalved more then any other creacher we know of I still think it will take much more to harness any telecantic or silimar ability.



posted on Jul, 18 2006 @ 10:39 AM
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But you gotta think Golem, if it can e done with a man-made chip, why not with the human brain itself. I believe it can be possible to force our brains to send and recieve signals naturally to different devices the same way this micro-chip does. That however, I am quite far from even thninking about attempting. I will probably be an old man by the time I can even prove I can use my brain for simplistic limited abilities. There is always my child though, and if I start young with everything I know, perhaps he can develop even further?

[edit on 7/18/2006 by DYepes]



posted on Jul, 18 2006 @ 06:17 PM
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Originally posted by DYepes
There is always my child though, and if I start young with everything I know, perhaps he can develop even further?

[edit on 7/18/2006 by DYepes]


Dyepes,
Well I do agree that the younger people can be trained the better. Not trying to take away from just being a kid though either.
I do also think we may be seing more mind controled devices, please look at this thred

www.abovetopsecret.com...

and I do think you will see what I mean.



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