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“If you've ever watched "Star Trek," you may remember seeing the crew of the Starship Enterprise live out their fantasies in a room called the holodeck. The holodeck was a giant, holographic projection room that allowed the crew to touch and interact with projections as if they were in a big video game. Scientists today are developing a new communications technology that will allow you and your friends to interact inside a simulated environment even if you are thousands of miles apart.
Most of the basic components for this network are already in place to allow the development of tele-immersion. Tele-immersion is the scientific community's answer to the holodeck. “
”Connect your brain to your computer!
Current mood: amused Category: Web, HTML, Tech control your computer with brainwaves? We've heard this one before...hook your brainwaves up to an AI computer interface, a.la. cyborgs, and wupti! you can control your computer with your mind--a favorite subject of SciFi films and books, and often rumored in the popular media.... But this time, it was IBM and partners who demonstrated the technique at the CES computer show in Las Vegas, which I have just watched on a video podcast... Emotiv systems based in the USA, has developed a headset for this purpose (don't worry, you don't have to drill holes in your skull to make the connection, like in the movie the matrix) and has actually demonstrated the device... “
Human Brain Region Functions Like Digital Computer
A region of the human brain that scientists believe is critical to human intellectual abilities surprisingly functions much like a digital computer, according to psychology Professor Randall O'Reilly of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The finding could help researchers better understand the functioning of human intelligence.
In a review of biological computer models of the brain appearing in the Oct. 6 edition of the journal Science, O'Reilly contends that the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia operate much like a digital computer system.
"Many researchers who create these models shun the computer metaphor," O'Reilly said. "My work comes out of a tradition that says people's brains are nothing like computers, and now all of a sudden as we look at them, in fact, in a certain respect they are like computers."
Digital computers operate by turning electrical signals into binary "on and off states" and flexibly manipulating these states by using switches. O'Reilly found the same operating principles in the brain.”
”You know what I need; I need a way to hook my brain up to a CAD CAM design computer, because like many designers, I see things in my head, and we all need to get these concepts onto either a piece of paper by drawing them, or better yet, we need to be able to get them onto a computer, and into some design software so we can manipulate them from there.
After all, I am writing this article using voice activated software, they call it speech recognition, and whereas, I will have to spend two or three minutes re-reading this article and slightly editing the minor mistakes, I can tell you that it is about 98 to 99% accurate, and it speeds up my time by three to five-fold. In other words most all the work is already done, think of this incredible time savings and efficiency. The productivity increase is truly astounding.”
Hitachi Creates Brain 'Remote Control
”HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
The “brain-machine interface'' developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain's blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.
A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi's Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo.
“Take a deep breath and relax,'' said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday. At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward -- apparently indicating activity in the brain's frontal cortex, which handles problem solving.
Activating that region of the brain -- by doing sums or singing a song -- is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too.
Underlying Hitachi's brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain's surface to map out changes in blood flow.
Although brain-machine interface technology has traditionally focused on medical uses, makers like Hitachi and Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. have been racing to refine the technology for commercial application.
Hitachi's scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking.
Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles.
The technology could one day replace remote controls and keyboards and perhaps help disabled people operate electric wheelchairs, beds or artificial limbs.
Initial uses would be helping people with paralyzing diseases communicate even after they have lost all control of their muscles.
Since 2005, Hitachi has sold a device based on optical topography that monitors brain activity in paralyzed patients so they can answer simple questions -- for example, by doing mental calculations to indicate “yes'' or thinking of nothing in particular to indicate “no.''
“We are thinking of various kinds of applications,'' project leader Hideaki Koizumi said. “Locked-in patients can speak to other people by using this kind of brain machine interface.''
Artificial sight for the blind technologies!
In recent years, progress is being made towards sensory substitution devices for the blind. In the long run, there could be the possibility of brain implants. A brain implant or cortical implant provides visual input from a camera directly to the brain via electrodes in contact with the visual cortex at the backside of the head.
”Bionic vision: Researchers at Harvard Medical School aim to build a small digital camera that will feed images to an external signal processor worn by the patient. The processor will translate the image from the camera into neural impulses, then transmit them wirelessly to an implanted stimulator. The stimulator will drive a set of electrodes placed in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the brain to elicit images in the patient’s brain.
Credit: J. S. Pezaris, adapted with permission from D. H. Hubel.
One day it may be possible to restore sight in people who are congenitally blind by placing an implant in a part of the vision system hitherto ignored. Unlike most visual prostheses in advanced development,this new approach could make it possible to treat blindness even when the entire eye is damaged.
While the work is still in the early stages, researchers ultimately envision a device that translates images from a digital camera into neural impulses and then feeds that information into the visual system, allowing the wearer to see.”
”There are only a handful of scientific revolutions that would really change the world. An immortality pill would be one. A time machine would be another.
Faster-than-light travel, allowing the stars to be explored in a human lifetime, would be on the shortlist, too.
To my mind, however, the creation of an artificial mind would probably trump all of these - a development that would throw up an array of bewildering and complex moral and philosophical quandaries. Amazingly, it might also be within reach.
This isn't just pie-in-the-sky. The Blue Brain project, led by computer genius Henry Markram - who is also the director of the Centre for Neuroscience & Technology and the Brain Mind Institute - has for the past five years been engineering the mammalian brain, the most complex object known in the Universe, using some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.
And last month, Professor Markram claimed, at a conference in Oxford, that he plans to build an electronic human brain 'within ten years.”
Paralysed Limbs Move When Connected Directly To Brain
Scientists in the US have successfully shown it is possible for a monkey to move a paralysed wrist via a connection made directly into the brain, that is allowing electrical signals from the brain to be routed to the wrist directly without using normal nerve pathways down the arm.
”Scientists give new life to paralyzed limbs by rewiring brain
Researchers at the University of Washington are working to reroute brain signals in an effort to give paralyzed people the ability to move their limbs again.
By creating an artificial connection between nerve cells in the brain and muscles, scientists say they are restoring voluntary movement to the once-paralyzed limbs, according to a report from the University of Washington in Seattle. The rerouting effectively bypasses damaged nerves in subjects with spinal cord injuries, which generally damage nerves but leave muscles and brain tissue unharmed.
Research that involves making new connections in living brains and even connecting robots to living brains has been gaining a lot of attention in the past year.
An artificial heart is a mechanical device that replaces the heart. Artificial hearts are typically used in order to bridge the time to heart transplantation, or to permanently replace the heart in case transplantation is impossible. “
ScienceDaily— Mechanical 'artificial hearts' can be used to return severely failing hearts to their normal function, potentially removing the need for heart transplantation, according to new research.
The mechanical devices, known as Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs), are currently used in patients with very severe heart failure whilst they await transplantation. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that using an LVAD combined with certain drug therapies can shrink the enlarged heart and enable it to function normally once the LVAD is removed.
For the study, researchers from Imperial College London and the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust gave the full combination therapy to 15 severely ill patients. Of these 15, 11 recovered. Of these, 88 percent were free from recurrence of heart disease five years later. Their quality of life was measured as being at nearly normal.
An artificial organ is a man-made device used to replace a natural organ, for the purpose of restoring a patient’s state of living back to as normal as possible. An artificial organ does not need an external power source, nor does it any refilling of chemicals and/or filter replacements.
You have no idea - - - or maybe you do.
My guides expect Order - Discipline - and Stay the Path. They're like Generals.
If it weren't for that underlying Love Energy - - I'd ask them to "remove the mask".
Originally posted by benedict9
reply to post by ET_MAN
Chris, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thank you for being all that you are.
Love you Brother, reading things like that is why I give thanks everyday for my granted blessings. May we be granted the strength to face all things.
Everytime I feel hard done by I remind myself, that there are always others who have it a lot tougher than me. You moved me to tears. If I could, I would give everybody here a hug right now whether anyone felt weird about it or not
We will all be ok.
Originally posted by ET_MAN
reply to post by LeoVirgo
@ETMAN....I want to offer you my sincere compassion
I sincerely appreciate that, thank you.
Love & Best Wishes!
I think the idea that nature and life...are not natural...is as dark as a idea can get.
Just because this world is made of energy does not prove in any way that this is a 'computer system' or simulated reality.
I would rather my children take on any religion and submit to it then to be taught that the spirit of life is not real and nature is not natural.
.is a way to hold people by the boot straps and cause then to not seek past things like 'experiences'.
How in the world can you all mention the word 'spirit' in any of your belief of a simulated reality where nature is not really natural I will never know.
You might as well as leave words like spirit out of all of this for you have just stabbed the idea of spirit of any sort within 'life' in the heart.
The only way this life from this simulated perspective has any worth at all to remain in it...is that somehow you still believe we have a 'natural soul' which really doesnt seem to fit into this whole perspective and to me becomes wishful thinking in your created experiences of being 'infinite selves'.
The holograms we create...do not hold natural life.
The computers ect that we make...do not hold the spirit of life. They are not natural manifestations....they are man made and there is a world of difference.
In a strange way...thank you! You helped me weigh and measure again, the divinity that I find within 'life' itself and its awesomeness.
I wish I could come across as being more kind about this..
And no....my reaction does not say something about myself
You and yours will alwys be in my thoughts...as well as everyone that has participated. I do wish you well and the best...with true intent.
Good luck to all on their paths
The book "A Divine Revelation of Hell" by Mary K. Baxter published in December 1993, had a stark revelation in it about the future. A woman that was feeling very angry all the time, went to a doctor who after being treated had no more anger, she became emotionless after she encountered that beast technology. 20 years later, that technology to start or stop emotions is now within the scientist fingertips, the linking of computers and human brains is becoming a reality.
Revelation 13:16-18 (KJV)
16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receivee a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man;and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
In the above bible verse these beast people have a mark in their foreheads or in their hand, have become so alien to God that they are rejected by God. When the technology finally arrives in full and people can switch off and on emotions among other things simply by being directly connected to a computer through there brains, the question arises who are they or what are they?
They have sold their souls to the software of the False Prophet and become one with the beast.
Seriously! If it wasn't for years of experience listening (and not listening) to "my guys" (guides).
I'd be very suspicious. But - I've learned the hard way - - - when I go against them my life is total disaster.
Sadly for my Free Will and Independence
- - - they are ALWAYS right. Go figure.