The Engineer: Digital avatar relays decoded brain signals to give voice to paralysed woman. “A woman with severe paralysis from a brainstem stroke can speak through a digital avatar following the development of a brain-computer interface at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley. The breakthrough marks the first time that speech or facial expressions have been synthesised from brain signals.”
Independent: Brain chip allows paralysed man to post first ever ‘direct-thought’ tweet. “A paralysed man has made the first ‘direct-thought tweet’ after having a computer chip implanted in his brain. Philip O-Keefe, a 62-year-old Australian who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), composed and posted the tweet using only his thoughts via a brain computer interface developed by neurotech startup Synchron.”
EurekAlert: Heads in the cloud: Scientists predict internet of thoughts ‘within decades’ . “Imagine a future technology that would provide instant access to the world’s knowledge and artificial intelligence, simply by thinking about a specific topic or question. Communications, education, work, and the world as we know it would be transformed.” Two scenarios bloom in my mind. One is an amazing utopia of understanding. One is a hellscape. Guess which I’m betting on.
Johns Hopkins: Technology could allow Facebook users to type 100 words per minute—using only their thoughts. “The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is working on new technology to support a Facebook project focused on developing a silent speech interface that will allow users to type 100 words per minute—five times faster than typing on a smartphone—using only their thoughts.”