Mind boggling thought-to-speech machine

We might not be as far from BrainPals (Brain embedded computers in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War novels). Boffins have already tested this thought-to-speech machine on humans. We live in interesting times… 

(PhysOrg.com) — The results of our study show that a brain-machine interface (BMI) user can control sound output directly, rather than having to use a (relatively slow) typing process …

By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The “thought-to-speech” process takes about 50 milliseconds – the same amount of time for a non-paralyzed, neurologically intact person to speak their thoughts. The study marks the first successful demonstration of a permanently installed, wireless implant for real-time control of an external device.

I am impressed and also a little scared, this might help a lot of people communicate better, but it could also be used for other things. Imagine having Microsoft windows running in your brain, that’s scary. What do you think?

  • ToTo Antonio

    Mind Bogging and Scary indeed. The objective of it right now is to help the handicaps, but you’re right, it might be used for other purposes..e.g having to control a machine by mind? deploying an army of robots controlled from afar?

  • ToTo Antonio

    Mind Bogging and Scary indeed. The objective of it right now is to help the handicaps, but you’re right, it might be used for other purposes..e.g having to control a machine by mind? deploying an army of robots controlled from afar?