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From the Hollywood film Firefox to the television show Heroes, science fiction writers have always dreamt of the day when humans could control machines with the power of thought alone.
Now British scientists are turning the vision into reality with a device that allows objects to be manipulated with brain waves.
To pick up the signal from the brain, the scientists use a cap fitted with electrodes that detect changes in the electrical activity produced by the neurons.
When a person wearing the cap imagines a particular action, such as moving a hand, it produces a distinct pattern of signals that a computer learns to recognise.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
The conspiracy theorist in me first thinks of Corso's The Day After Roswell, where he claims the beings that crashed in Roswell had electrode-type devices interlinking themselves with their craft, and that where ever they "thought" themselves to be, they were!
Imprisoned on our small planet, with only our minds and a few instruments, we have been able to decipher the laws that govern matter billions of light-years away. With infinitesimally small resources, without even leaving the solar system, we have been able to determine what happens deep inside the nuclear furnaces of a star or inside the nucleus itself.
[If] we do discover a complete theory (of the UFT) it should in time be understandable in broad principle by everyone, not just a few scientists. Then we shall all, philosophers, scientists, and just ordinary people, be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason - for then we would know the mind of God.