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High-tech device gives hope for a better life
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Written by Gizmo   
Sunday, 23 July 2006 13:57

"With a tiny, electronic chip implanted in the motor cortex of his brain, a 25-year-old man paralyzed from the neck down for five years has learned to use his thoughts to operate a computer, turn on a TV set, open e-mail, play a video game and manipulate a robotic arm - the first successful steps toward using the mind to directly control machines.

Two subsequent patients with the implanted brain chips - one at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago - have advanced their brain-computer interface skills even further, although all movements are still rudimentary. One, a Massachusetts quadriplegic unable to speak as a result of a stroke that destroyed her brain stem, uses her thoughts to type messages using specialized software."

Read more at the Baltimore Sun.

So, what do you think?  Are we all eventually destined to become cyborgs; machines with human parts?  Or will this technology remain used only to help those who natural bodies quit functioning in certain ways?  Tell us, in the forums!

 

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