Not JUST a 2-legged, 1-dimensional, walking plot device ala much of the ‘character dialogue’ in “Dune”,
Not JUST a way to better pretend your pornographer-teddy-bear has come to life,
Not JUST a way for Emma Stone to reveal her true feelings in a romantic comedy about the highschool crush she doesn’t have the guts to talk to;
Something much more serious.
Scientist and Humanitarian, Bettina Sorger from the University of Maastricht has invented a clever fMRI app, much like a previous attempt to get Bill Clinton to tell the truth, that lets doctors read the letters of the alphabet right out of your brain; AS you Think Them!;
and all it requires is for You to Visualize.
Not sure how many lives it might save by opening communications with borderline-vegatative patients,
or how government agencies will try to misuse the tech,
But it WILL surely improve the Quality-Of-Life for many long-term-care patients who are either dead-end prisoners of the “Locked-In” phenomenon, or cannot communicate for some other reason like ALS.
Even More Miraculous is that the system took VERY little time to calibrate for all the test-participants, AND it was Very Very accurate!!
The eventual aim one day is for a newer type of slim apparatus, probably closer to conductive-headbands of the relaxation-type games, to be deployed on a more portable and comfortable scale.
Now let it not be said the,
-requests from Stephen Hawking will be any less awkward;
but the life-improvement for these lonely souls, will be absolutely Tectonic in how much it permanently reframes their Entire World for the better.
Hit up the links for more details!
“ETDRS Chart”, by Michal Zacharzewski
“Background 1”, by Pramod K Mahanand
“Violet Ornament”, by Aron Kremer
• Source: USAToday
• via: Gizmodo