Stories like this tend to freak out religious nuts and those convinced the human race will destroy itself through technology. I, on the other hand, am an eternal optimist in regards to most every step that takes us closer to the realities of what was once considered the wild imaginings of science-fiction writers. I confess, I’m an ardant fan of science fiction; my television spends more time tuned to the Sci-Fi network than any other; so pardon me if I say I an ready and eager to pack up and move into the virtual world, full time.
Mapping the brain and hooking up devices directly to it? I see this as a positive step in the right direction. This is the first step towards creating true cyborgs, and while the possibility exists that we’ll end up as some sort of “Borg” collective, I don’t think humanity will be so easily subverted. Unless the cultists get there first, of course.
LONDON (Reuters) – A paralyzed man using a new brain sensor has been able to move a computer cursor, open e-mail and control a robotic device simply by thinking about doing it, a team of scientists said on Wednesday.
They believe the BrainGate sensor, which involves implanting electrodes in the brain, could offer new hope to people paralyzed by injuries or illnesses.
“This is the first step in an ongoing clinical trial of a device that is encouraging for its potential to help people with paralysis,” Dr Leigh Hochberg, of Massachusetts General Hospital, said in an interview.
The 25-year-old man who suffered paralysis of all four limbs three years earlier completed tasks such moving a cursor on a screen and controlling a robotic arm.