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Brain-Twitter project offers hope to paralyzed patients

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posted on Apr, 23 2009 @ 10:30 PM

Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, was confirming an announcement he had made two weeks earlier -- his lab had developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought.

That's right, no keyboards, just a red cap fitted with electrodes that monitor brain activity, hooked up to a computer flashing letters on a screen. Wilson sent the messages by concentrating on the letters he wanted to "type," then focusing on the word "twit" at the bottom of the screen to post the message.

The development could be a lifeline for people with "locked-in syndrome" -- whose brains function normally but who cannot speak or move because of injury or disease.

It's nice that they're marketing this towards people suffering paralysis, but the applications are endless. Imagine putting on your headset device and typing up an ATS post, or testing your colleagues for a business meeting by merely thinking about doing it. Even further, create your own action movie starring your favorite actor by editing your downloaded imagination. I think we're really on the verge of integrating with technology in an unprecedented way.

However, this also raises the concern. If we perfect this technology, then reading ones mind will truly become a reality! Especially in the hands of TPTB...

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