Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I want to be a cyborg...

I want to do something with my life; I want to become a cyborg. This is a quote from Kevin Warwick Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, England

He instigated a recent series of experiments involving the neuro-surgical implantation of a device (Utah Array/BrainGate) into the median nerves of his left arm in order to link his nervous system directly to a computer to assess the latest technology for use with the disabled.

These experiments and others like them could lead to fantastic things for humanity. Open you mind and embrace the possibilities!! 

Darpa is spending $24 million per year on direct interfaces between the brain and computer. The ability to become a cyborg may be here sooner than we think. Miguel Nicolelis in association with his colleagues at Duke University have implanted sensors into the brains of monkeys allowing them to control a cursor. This was accomplished by collecting signals from EEGs (brain sensors) allowing the monkeys to move the cursor just by thinking. This system was then hooked up to a robot and the monkeys were then able to control it using only their thoughts. By getting visual feedback from the robot's movements the monkeys were able to perfect their control over it. The goal of this experiment is to one day provide a similar system for paralyzed humans enabling them to control their limbs and environment. 

Think of how wonderful this would be!! A world where all of the handicapped could be given the ability to walk!! I hope to see this technology become a reality and in wide spread usage within my lifetime.


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