Many people have longed dreamed of the potential use of the human mind to control external objects. Current technology has the ability to use electronic sensors that are interfaced to the brain. Once the sensors are in place the brain can be easily taught to manipulate external objects.
Advancing technologies in mind control have been developed by teams of dedicated scientists. The following is a discussion of the ongoing work being done.
NIH Funded Study
The NIH funded study concluded that digital images could easily be manipulated by the mind. BCI (Brain Control Interface) technology is advancing and may soon be able to give control back to paralyzed people.
The study monitored the test subjects brain’s activity to help gain an understand how the brain processes the information it is projecting. The study showed that we can easily modulate a few brain cells that can manipulate computer images.
The “Telepathy” Chip
British scientists have developed a chip that allows the mind to control computers and other devices. The “Telepathy” chip allows the person to move a computer cursor, control an electric wheelchair, and other devices.
The chip sits on the surface of the brain to pick up the weak signals that the mind outputs. Using wireless technology the user gains mobile control without the burden of a wired connection. The use of wireless is what differentiates the British research from their American counterpart’s. Dr. Jon Spratley developed the prototype chip at Birmingham University.
BrainGate is a research team dedicated to bringing the BCI technology into real world applications. The BrainGate system consists of a sensor implanted into the brain, a decoder, and the external device that is being controlled.
BCI 2000 Software
BCI 2000 is the preferred software being used by most BCI developers. The software is based out of New York and the University of Tubingen in Germany. BCI 2000 has an open license and can be used by any research team for BCI development. This software helps to read brain signals in real time.
Brain control still has a long way to go. In the future devices will have the ability to pick up brain signals direct, without the use of a sensor implanted on the brain. Eventually technology will need to be developed that can differentiate between thoughts of individuals.
Technology, in general, is advancing quickly. The BCI technology is another step into the what we will become in the future. Let’s hope we have the wisdom to control how it is used.
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