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A man who has been paralysed for the last eight years might be able to "speak" again, by having his thoughts read by a computer. Eric Ramsey was in a car accident that left him aware of his surroundings, but unable to move or speak. The only way he can communicate is through eye movements. No surprise, then, that he …

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  1. Karl Lattimer

    very interesting but this could be cooler

    Why not use a back propagation artificial neural network to classify the signals, that way he could sit with something to detect his eye movements and train the device himself. I'm sure it'll take less time if he can just practice on his own, save the doctors time etc...

  2. branden

    This sounds familiar...

    "oh", "ee" and "oo"

    I am suspicious these are Witch Doctors. Next he'll be learning "ah", "ting tang" and "walla walla bing bang".

  3. Nexox Enigma

    Re: This sounds familiar...

    Seems more likely that they're just training him to be a porn star. Not quite sure how that would work with the paralysis thing though.

    How long 'til they can embed a bluetooth module in my brain to give me some always-on internet access? They'd probably have a line of very eager nerds sign up to test that one out.

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    Please think clearly after the tone

    Brilliant. I can see it now.

    "Please think your credit card number and press pound to continue."

    *thinks* - #

    "Thank you. Did you think, "Pizzasex4horn2ybre5ast2sp1izz6acars8hor3ny5ca3rspi1zzabr7easts9?"

  5. Anonymous John
    Happy

    Microsoft will not be pleased

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/16/ms_brain/

  6. Brian Miller

    Familiar with "Ghost in the Shell"?

    "How long 'til they can embed a bluetooth module in my brain to give me some always-on internet access?"

    Bad idea. Are you familiar with "Ghost in the Shell"? In that SF manga, people had all sorts of embedded interfaces. And they got *hacked* all the time! Leave me out of the way-too-connected-internet, please!

  7. Turbojerry
    Coat

    re:Familiar with "Ghost in the Shell"?

    I for one welcome our Solid State Society overlords...

  8. Scott
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    @Branden

    love it, good call

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