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It Could Be All In Your Mind
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 14, 2004

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS--Imagine opening your email and surfing the Internet. Imagine changing the channels on your television set. Imagine shooting down an enemy jet fighter.

Now imagine that just by imagining these things, you make them happen.

No, it's not witchcraft, voodoo, or telekinetic powers. It's Braingate, a new technology being developed by Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems.

Last Friday, reporters witnessed a demonstration by a quadriplegic man who has had electrodes implanted into his brain. Just by using his thoughts, he was able to, among other things, play the video game Pong.

Cyberkinetics has been given permission by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to implant Braingate technology into the brains of four more volunteers by the end of this year.

The creators of Braingate, and similar technologies being developed by other research teams, say that they hold the promise of someday allowing people with mobility-related disabilities to move effortlessly and to be more independent.

A story in USA Today pointed out that these "brain machine interface" technologies have also caught the attention of the military minds at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Among other things, they hold the promise of allowing fighter pilots to control jets with just their thoughts.

Related:
"Paralysed man sends e-mail by thought" (Nature.com)
"Scientists gingerly tap into brain's power" (USA Today)

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