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(BBC)   Man implanted with chip that reads his mind. Only thing it does is turn TV on and off   ( divider line
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2005-03-31 08:52:23 AM  
So the chip interprets thoughts about sex as turning the TV off and on?
2005-03-31 08:53:40 AM  
Why does it turn the TV off? Clearly a malfunction...
2005-03-31 08:56:43 AM  
2005-03-31 09:07:01 AM  
All joking aside, this is some seriously impressive shiat.
2005-03-31 09:16:04 AM  
Can't wait to see this guy get hooked up with cable or satellite TV.
2005-03-31 09:17:57 AM  
Studies have shown that monkeys can control a computer with electrodes implanted into their brain.

I finally understand where Mike_71 is coming from...
2005-03-31 09:30:19 AM  
I bet that guy could seriously fark with the people at best buy.
2005-03-31 09:45:14 AM  
I can see how this is a step toward future advances in technology, but I though there are already tools to do this without tapping into your brain. Sunburn (RIP), had a device he strapped to his head and it looked at his eye and moved the curser. I'm pretty sure I would have gone for that before voluntary brain surgery.
2005-03-31 09:48:19 AM  
I remembered incorrectly. This is how he typed.
That was 3 years ago, now of course I can't do anything at all except move my jaw and my eyes. I use the computer by utilizing an infra red camera and a reflective dot on my chin. That's how I move the cursor. I use a dwell program that initiates a left click (or right, double click) when I hold the cursor still. I also have an on screen keyboard that I type with.

I guess this wouldn't work for people that are entirely paralyzed. I do think the eye thing is around though.
2005-03-31 10:23:51 AM  
From the article:
Mr Nagle has also been able to use thought to move a prosthetic hand and robotic arm to grab sweets from one person's hand and place them into another.

Professor Donoghue hopes that ultimately implants such as this will allow people with paralysis to regain the use of their limbs.

I'm a dumbass.
2005-03-31 11:28:54 AM  
Just don't give this chip to Hannibal Lecter...
2005-03-31 02:36:04 PM  
"A paralysed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind."

first? not by a LONG shot. This has been going on for a long time with stroke victims, etc. I watched a program featuring a man who couldnt move that controlled a computer mouse with his brain to indicate what he wanted or needed, and this program was back when I was a child in school (I'm about to turn 23 now)
2005-03-31 02:36:10 PM  
I wonder if it comes with a V chip
2005-03-31 02:36:10 PM  
Mitch Hedburg died!

That effin sucks.

/off topic
2005-03-31 02:36:29 PM  
Simply amazing. But can it get him laid?
2005-03-31 02:36:43 PM  
will it turn of my neighours tv? its really loud sometimes. Or the ones in airports, thats great fun, or even Times Square.
2005-03-31 02:38:15 PM  
Holy crap, I honestly had no idea we were anywhere NEAR this kind of thing technologically.
2005-03-31 02:38:30 PM  
2005-03-31 02:39:46 PM  
All jokes aside, this is some seriously cool technology that is making progress, and could help a lot of people.
2005-03-31 02:43:48 PM  
This is by far the coolest thing evar!

There is so much possible good that comes from this it is insane...
2005-03-31 02:44:34 PM  
This month's best use of the one-sentence paragraph:

The long term aim is to design a package the size of a mobile phone that will run on batteries, and to electrically stimulate the patient's own muscles.

This will be difficult.

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// I can't put my finger on why it's funny, but it is...
2005-03-31 02:44:50 PM  
Can they make my penis larger?
2005-03-31 02:46:38 PM  
Think on!

Think off!

Think on, think off, ...

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2005-03-31 02:47:28 PM  
We can rebuild him.

We have the technology.
2005-03-31 02:47:49 PM  
Just a bit too late to prevent the Terri Schaivo flamewarz.

/ticket, please.
//preferably on the Orient Express, private compartment.
///might as well go in style.
2005-03-31 02:50:13 PM  
i want one.
2005-03-31 02:51:11 PM  
Impressive, I wouldnt mind one
I would mind the surgery however, and want to see schematics.
I think I'd prefer one of those glasses-lens view-screens which monitor the eyeball, where you look at the icon.

could be interesting if he goes into a TV store wondering if he left it on, or wonders how the football is going ...
2005-03-31 02:52:34 PM  
Wasn't there a kid like this in the second X-Men movie?
2005-03-31 02:53:11 PM  
Maybe they could plant a pronunciation chip in Dubya's brain...
"Nuclear, Abu Graib ..."
2005-03-31 02:53:27 PM  
I blame Bush!
2005-03-31 02:53:33 PM  
"He said it might be possible to hone this further to achieve finer movements of the hand."

This of course being the MOST important thing..

2005-03-31 02:54:25 PM  
just what I thought, too...

"it's quite remarkable"

"this will be difficult"

we are amused.
2005-03-31 03:02:42 PM  
I welcome our new brain chip implanting overlords.
Stepford Wifes, teh Hot!
2005-03-31 03:04:01 PM  
I just hope the software for the chip or computer it transmits to isn't written by Microsoft.
2005-03-31 03:08:00 PM  
I submitted this last week and it got denied.... meh, here is a link to it in motion:
2005-03-31 03:10:52 PM  
badass man.
2005-03-31 03:19:20 PM  
This was in last months issue of Wired. As a fellow Nagle, I'm proud of my distant cousin Matt.
2005-03-31 03:21:55 PM  
Problem is, everytime he sees the Playboy channel, his garage door goes up...
2005-03-31 03:26:46 PM  
That's not all it does.

"Are you Sarah Connor?"
2005-03-31 03:28:15 PM  
I'd say it puts the clapper to shame.
2005-03-31 03:34:58 PM  
Would you call it 'the fapper'?
2005-03-31 03:40:40 PM  
It's quite remarkable
2005-03-31 03:42:45 PM  
can't wait for someone to hack into this.
2005-03-31 03:53:40 PM  
I expect this headline soon:
"Paralyzed Farker implanted with chip that reads his mind. Only thing it does is click 'Boobies' links. Photoshop skills still suck."
2005-03-31 04:06:00 PM  
freeedr is right, there were two paralyzed people given brain-chips, both were terminal and one died before they were ever able to utilize the chip.

I just started reading "I, Cyborg" by Dr. Kevin Warwick who teaches (taught?) Cybernetics at UReading, UK. In it he discusses implanting himself with various devices circa 2002. /. also had an article recently on a man who had an RFID chip implanted and is working on customizing his home/car to accomodate it.

Anyway, are they passing around a brain-chip sign-up list yet?
2005-03-31 04:09:21 PM  
"Mr Nagle has also been able to use thought to move a prosthetic hand and robotic arm to grab sweets from one person's hand and place them into another."

Great--what we really need are cyborgs stealing candy from babies. Next thing you know, those self-same cyborgs will be stealing medication from old people.

That being said, this is amazing tech.
2005-03-31 04:20:17 PM  
This is old news and a repeat -- the implant was done sometime last summer I believe. I know I saw the results last October at a Neural Prosthesis workshop sponsored by the NIH/NINDS.

We're doing something similar in our lab, acutally, but we're using surface electrodes, and we can actually do this with electrodes not on motor cortex, so even stroke victims who have lost some or all of their M1 can still benefit.

I'm only peripherally involved in that project, however.
2005-03-31 04:22:08 PM  
Yes, but can it get my whites whiter?
2005-03-31 04:26:23 PM  
They've just downloaded every Fark thread into his brain. You too can impress all your friends with instant recollection.
2005-03-31 04:32:35 PM  
my fear is that they would implant it in my head, and NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN, and then the scientists would all laugh at me for being stupid and paralyzed.

Is it too late to hook Terri back up and slap on of these in her to show all her new best friends that she really did in fact have no brain left?
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