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Scientists Have Connected Human Brains to Computers For the First Time Ever

This may very well be the breakthrough of the decade. For the first time ever, scientists have managed to from a fully-functioning wireless link between a human brain and a computer. This revolutionary breakthrough will perhaps benefit those who are suffering from paralysis the most.

Over the course of several years, a team at Brown University in Rhode Island, U.S. has been developing the BrainGate system which is supposed to allow users to wirelessly connect themselves to a computer via a ‘single-neuron resolution’ and ‘full broadband fidelity’ using merely a simple transmitter device affixed to the head.

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The system then connects said transmitter devices to an electrode relay within the brain’s motor cortex using the same port used by wired systems which then, conveniently allows the user to point, click and type on computers and tablets alike.

During the testing phase, where BrainGate tested their device on two paralyzed men aged 35 and 63 suffering from spinal cord injuries, both individuals were able to use the device seamlessly while achieving point-and-click accuracy that is on par with wired systems.

Congrats to John Simeral et al. on their exciting new paper on home use of a wireless #iBCI #BrainGate device! @CarneyInstitute @brownengin @MGHNeurology @MGH_CNTR @VAResearch @stanford_ee — BrainGate Team (@BrainGateTeam) April 2, 2021

According to the study’s lead author, John Simeral, “The signals are recorded and transmitted with appropriately similar fidelity, which means we can use the same decoding algorithms we used with wired equipment,”

He then added, “The only difference is that people no longer need to be physically tethered to our equipment, which opens up new possibilities in terms of how the system can be used.”

Well this is certainly a groundbreaking achievement and I wonder when it will be available for mass public distribution. That said, in order for this system to be distributed among the masses, it might cost an arm and a leg so I suppose we will just have to monitor the progression of this technological advancement and see where it takes us.

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