Am I the only one who thinks that the skull jack would be a lot more cool, in cyberpunk sort of way?
Boffins in America say that their new "neural interface" brain-plug equipment, intended to let users control computers and machinery merely by thinking, is about to embark on its second stage of clinical trials. The tech is intended initially to help patients suffering from paralysing illness or massive injuries, but has …
Plenty of sci-fi universes make references to an electronic neural link, with myriad potential uses ranging from basic mechanical control to virtual reality. I had figured technology like this to be a number of decades out, but if the technology matures quickly, this is going to give all sorts of people--supporters, detractors, and the simply curious--reason to pause and think.
CAUTION: Entering unexplored scientific territory.
to let you control extra limbs? It'd being an extra dimension to the whole "furry" thing if they could move the tail (or control a rear set of legs if you went for the whole "centaur" look), you could have a huge range of interesting types of porn, you could have a doc-oc style suit for handling hazardous materials or replacing broken or otherwise disabled limbs.
Combined with the eye-tracking / visual feedback glasses mentioned on El Reg previously it could be absolutely fantastic- even in a basic form you could have a fantastically powerful interface.
AR (especially when that becomes embedded) + extra-limb / replacement-limb implants could lead to a magnificent step-change and diversification of humankind. Lets hope it's a good one- and even if it's not, it'll be interesting- so lets hope it happens either way!
while snoozing away in the dream world, dreaming of running/fighting and god knows what else, the implanted will be blissfully unaware of the chaos they are causing in the real world, smashing the place up with their legs and arms, robot or otherwise, devices they can simply control with their thoughts cycling through on/off states.
Yeah and over time as the technology is perfected and lowered in cost, how about purposefuly severing all limb motor control nerves of a convicted criminal, then REwiring him up using this device.
The police can then switch the buggers arms and legs off if he 'misbehaves'!!
Would be great fun, ON, OFF, ON, OFF, ON, OFF, whoops its broken, sorry.
i think this is an excellent development, proper bit of scifi in action, the thing that always worries me about implanting tech though is the rate new hardware gets develloped & released.
if it's a socket type then i guess you could use an adapter, so long as the newer model didnt offer new features you wanted, but if it's internal, you'd be looking at brain surgery to alter/upgrade anything...
... what wireless technology they are going to use. Just imagine some hacker and a laptop managing to gain control of someone elses limbs ...
"10 Get gun
20 Move eblow up one point
30 if gun != head goto 20
40 pull trigger."
Anyone thought of wireless interfearance ... and what if two such people got too close together; could each control the others limbs?
This needs some more work, methinks ... either that or this could birth a very funny comedy film about a group of so fitted people at a singles bar. I can just think of the look on the bartender's face now.
After all, where's the fun in letting random hackers get in to my pc when all thats there is webmail some MP3's and holiday JPEGS? No, please hack straight in to my central nervous system, I know that letting the governmet directly in to my BRAIN where they could control me without even reaching for a taser sounds like the recipe for a good healthy society!
How are the signals sent? Hardwire only? No interference? Hmm... I love technology, but you'd be mad to want this stuff in your head.
Telepathy? Opening doors? WTF?
I want four robotic tentacular arms with lasers, buzz-saws and grippers able to exert multi tonne forces that I can wear on my back and use to dominate everyone within tentacle reach.
I can open any doors I care to with these babies *and* I don't need telepathy to know everyone is scared shirtless of me as I do so.
Then, and only then, I shall rid the world of the smug and supercillious Spiderman, assume control of the good bits of the world and demand tribute in comely female slaves between the ages of 18-24 from the emasculated governments of the free world.
Dr Four Tentacular Robotic Arms Of Nifty Manipulatuion And/Or Total Destruction (working title: actual secret identity subject to final review and granting of doctorate by accredited institute of higher learning).
As long as it doesn't run embedded Windows. Considering this is intended for the severely disabled, I hardly think getting the BSOD just when you need your wheelchair to stop going down a set of stairs would not be very welcome!
Maybe if someone could just standardise the world on one flavour of i/face for Linux........
... the implant won't run Windows or Linux or Unix or OSX. The implant probably won't even have an OS on it. A "computer" doesn't have to mean x86- though they're using them now, once they know what they're looking at/for they could probably manage to get it working with a PIC, some assembler and a very small circuitboard.
And as for security, the production models will be designed around it, so they'll avoid the security holes of general-purpose systems like Linux and Windows.
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