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Scientists say they may be on the brink of translating the thoughts of a man who can no longer speak into words after a pioneering experiment...
...In the next few weeks, a computer will start the task of translating his thoughts into sounds.
"It's very exciting that we are starting to be able to translate some basic thoughts, but we are lot further away from a universal mind reading machine than some people hoped - or feared - we may be five years ago."
Originally posted by timeless test
reply to post by KilgoreTrout
Well, the work is being led by a Jonathan Brumberg of Boston University but where the funds come form I have no idea - that might, indeed, be interesting.
Originally posted by marg6043
how can we know for sure that the words coming from a machine are indeed the mental thoughts of a person that can not communicate in any form.
The computer system attached to his wheelchair is operated by Hawking via an infra-red 'blink switch' clipped onto his glasses. By scrunching his right cheek up, he is able to talk, compose speeches and research papers, browse the World Wide Web, and write e-mails. The system also uses radio transmission to provide control over doors in his home and office.