A group of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from Duke University have created a mechanism for telepathic technology based solely on thoughts.
According to their findings, the mechanism may be able to immediately read people’s thoughts and translate them into actual speech.
Science Fiction, You Think?
Although still in its early stages of development, it’s poised to revolutionize the way humans communicate, it achieved 84% accuracy in trials.
What Is It About?
The team is using the “speech prosthetic”, a medical device that helps people with speech disorders or who have lost their larynx. The brain implant decodes the thoughts of volunteers and translate them into spoken words.
This telepathic technology has a crucial role in the lives of people who are unable to communicate due to paralysis or other neurological conditions. It also enables new forms of human-computer interaction.
“There are many patients who suffer from debilitating motor disorders, like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or locked-in syndrome, that can impair their ability to speak,” said Gregory Cogan, Ph.D., a professor of neurology at Duke University’s School of Medicine and one of the project’s lead researchers.
Just a Couple of Challenges
The first is that the brain implant is very invasive. The second is that technology is not able to decode intricate thoughts or ideas. I can’t imagine if someone is just multitasking, his/her brain is all over the place. Hopefully such technologies would open new doors to find solutions to such cases.
New Advanced Additions
There is a new game changer to be added in the near future, a wireless recording device!
“We’re now developing the same kind of recording devices, but without any wires,” Cogan said. “You’d be able to move around, and you wouldn’t have to be tied to an electrical outlet, which is really exciting.”
It’s not far-fetched to believe that this new form of communication can significantly improve the lives individuals with disabilities, making their daily experience easier and more advanced. Not to think twice that it could be far to integrate telepathic-like communication in our lives and for all.
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