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Brain implants give the paralyzed a voice

Joseph S. Wisniewski the_wiz at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 13 21:20:03 EST 1998

the Mentifex spambot droned:
> Reporting on a meeting in Seattle (home of Project Mentifex q.v.)

Arthur should feed the Mentifex spambot some news from outside the
Seattle area. This was the state of the art over a decade ago. Just a
biofeedback sip and puff. I liked it better when Mentifex was churning
out random phrases in Latin.

> of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Mr. King described the
> futuristic work of Emory University scientist Dr. Roy Bakay, who
> implants two neurotrophic electrodes into the cortex of a human
> subject slightly above the ear.  Afterwards the skull is closed
> and a "smart cap" induction coil on top of the head sends power
> to a gold wire which records signals from when the human subject
> thinks about moving an arm or a hand.  By thinking about movement
> and by hearing a faster and louder buzz from the brain implant,
> the human patient learns to control the level of the firing of
> the neurons and to make a cursor on a computer screen point to
> speech icons which produce message phrases such as "I am thirsty."

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