Chimps can read each other’s minds, but in order for US to do it, we may need a machine. They’re building one for Stephen Hawking, the UK quantum physicist who has ELS.
In the April 3rd edition of the New York Times, David Ewing Duncan writes: "Called the iBrain, this simple-looking contraption is part of an experiment that aims to allow Dr. Hawking–long paralyzed by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease–to communicate by merely thinking." It looks like a black headband attached to a tiny, lightweight box.
The iBrain detects electrical brain signals, which change with different activities and thoughts. Duncan quotes iBrain’s inventor Philip Low as saying, "The iBrain can collect data in real time in a person’s own bed, or when they’re watching TV, or doing just about anything."
But it will be hard work for Hawking. Duncan quotes Low as saying, "The idea is to see if Stephen can use his mind to create a consistent and repeatable pattern that a computer can translate into, say, a word or letter or a command for a computer.
"Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a mind like Stephen Hawking’s be able to communicate even a little bit better?"
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