If anyone follows the biotech industry, this is kind of old news, however, it seems that there is a new story on this particular research:
A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading chip implanted in his brain.
It allowed Erik Sorto, from California, to sip a drink unaided for the first time in 10 years.
The details, published in Science, reveal how complex bursts of electrical signals in his brain could be interpreted into commands for the arm.
Experts said the results made brain-controlled robotics closer to being a reality.
Mr Sorto was shot at the age of 21. The damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed from the neck down.
Two tiny sensors were implanted into his brain to monitor the activity of around 100 neurons.
Previous attempts at thought-controlled robotics have focused on the motor cortex - the region responsible for the action of individual muscles.
However, the US team tried implanting the chips in the posterior parietal cortex - the part of the brain that comes up with the initial intention.
It is the difference between deciding to pick up a mug or telling your hand to move towards it.
Now, there is a reason that I posted this in general section, and not in the off-topic session. This breakthrough technology will further pave the way into true virtual reality, not this ad-hoc stuff we are working with today. Now that we can use implants in the brain to control electronics, we need a couple more things in the research area:
- True computer vision: this would mean sending visual information to the brain
- Haptics: this is potentially easier than it might first appear
- Temporary paralysis: We have drugs that can do this, however, we need a way for this to be done electronically
These three things though are the scary part about true-vr, and will meet with a multitude of critics. I, myself, am a critic, sort of. There can be no bugs, no errors, no malfunctions. If that can be done, then we will usher in a new era of civilization.