Friday, March 17, 2017

Computer-Brains!

It seems that Brain-Computer interface has been exclusively a feat of science fiction only (or the latest season of Black Mirror which is a fantastic forward looking show for those who havn't seen it already - but I cant write a post about this...). However, this paper details the research of a group who are trying to have basic communication with people who are 'locked in'. This term refers to people who are suffering from "complete motor paralysis but intact cognitive and emotional processing"; so are, in more dramatic words, stuck in their brain. The group found that when measuring "hemodynamic responses associated with neuronal activity" that they could successfully communicate with ALS patients who had reached or almost reached this state of 'locked in'. The questions were personal in order to avoid some false positives etc. Soon we will be putting our brains in a chip, the future is here...

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