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  1. Once you get all the chips installed, All your mind will belong to us!

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  2. I don’t know when I read something like this if I should laugh or cry.
    If we compare Neurology and Aviation, we have the knowledge of how to get an hot air Balloon of the ground. We have no clue about lift. Even if we get the equation/understanding for lift, it’s a long way from a birds flight.
    What we have here is the suggestion to strap some feathers on ones arms and jump of a cliff.
    All DBS system limit symptoms, at best. All the while the illness progresses.

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  3. Actually Ronald, I can only speak to the BCI design, but to be frank, we’re a good chunk of the way there. The ability to actively and in real time read basic things from someones mind is already present. Current off the shelf products get you better then 10 letters per minute at a > 90% success rate – after less then 10 hours of training. Considering that these algorithms are adaptive to each person and get better with use, this is purely a computational problem. The keyboards days are numbered – particularly since this technology does NOT require implants(though some research is still done this way – average signal on the scalp is less then 60 microvolts in a noisy environment, whereas the brain has a few milivolts on the surface). Modern techniques using FMRI have allowed researchers to succesfully identify what subject a person is thinking about – the study I saw was able to tell with decent(>90%) accurasy between tool related thoughts and building related thoughts. Other works have succesfully reconstructed images from peoples minds – albeit poorly, but in clearly recognizable form. The fact is that our knowledge of the brain is about to take off. The technology to track individual neurons in real time, and analyze them with machine learning is already developed at Penn. It’s a bit like developing a submarine – I won’t say we’ll understand the ocean floor, but I will say we’ll know a heck of alot more then we know now – which is enough to suggest that the ability to read minds is not only possible, but will be relativly easy in a lab, though whether it will be available at home I don’t know.

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  4. Imagine about the crimes that will be done once these chips become common. People will hack the chip in your brain and make you kill other people :P

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  5. This is an interesting article and can be use to improve ourself in understanding about ourself. The “truth” within ourself. People should not think that they had already knew theirself. There is more than ourself, what inside ourself is more important.

    What is the connection between our breath and soul? and where are we before our soul being “install” in our body. Thats the ultimate Question that need to be answer. But, apparently not the answer that we looking for actually. Maybe the question IS THE ANSWER.

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  6. Tinfoil hats will be more in style, to counter DBS DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite Digital Brain Stimulation)

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  7. Keep them silica chips out my brain meats, professor!

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  8. if it is possible, it will be one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in the 21st century….

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    1. It would seem that way but they,ve been implanting brain chips since the 1960′s openly, most likley a very old technology. Knowlegde is power, so they don’t give it up quickly.

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  9. @Simon
    Yeah a dead Fish also shows Brain activity. No kidding.

    What happens if you apply this tech to people living in a one,two many culture?

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  10. I agree we’re just getting off the ground like Ronald said. It’s true that EEGs and fMRIs are getting better when it comes to accuracy/precision etc. but we are sooo far from having the technology to implant these brain chips. The leads/electrodes that have to go into the brain are still huge in comparison to the massive number of cells there are in the brain. Thus, everytime you stick the current chips into the brain, you’re piercing thousands of cells in order to influence those around the leads. Furthermore, I believe there are problems with rejection over time (microglia react as if it’s an infection). It’s still in it’s infancy. For now it’s definitely more suited for attempting to lessen the symptoms of certain critical illnesses.

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  11. [...] Brain Chips: Artificial Intelligence Is All in Your Head – GigaOM. document.getElementById("post-353-blankimage").onload(); [...]

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  12. Imagine the costs of getting upgrades without health insurance.

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  13. It is only a theory that chips would help our brains function better. It is still an issue whether those chips could be safely placed in a patient’s brain without the risk of damaging it further. There are still a lot of things the Neuroscience don’t know about our brains, and I’m not going to pretend that I do, but I know it’s something so complex that you shouldn’t be messing around with.
    As much as illness and pain are undesirable, but they are the natural order of things, and are part of our fragile nature as humans. Put some chips inside our brains and control our natural reactions and make us into super beings… then what!?

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  14. [...] -Brain Chips: Artificial Intelligence Is All in Your Head Chips may one day enable brain-native Internet browsing or most any other function currently possible with a computer. [...]

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  15. [...] Brain Chips: Artificial Intelligence Is All in Your Head – GigaOM Article is just one image, which is kinda weird. Still. (tags: technology intelligence ai future science brain chip cybernetics cyberpunk) [...]

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  16. A friend of mine has been writing a novel about this.

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  17. you will all be happy – resistance is futile.

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