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NASA develops 'mind-reading' [nerve signal reading] system

  1. Mar 26, 2004 #1

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  3. Mar 29, 2004 #2
    i had what felt like a mind control experiance the other day, it really was quite strange.

    What happened was i woke up with a completele dead arm ( i probalbly slept on it), but i couldnt feel it atall, i felt like my arm was in another place completele! physically i couldnt move my fingers normally, like i am doing pressing this keyboard (they go on there own, seemingly), but when i thought "move finger", my finger moved :) It was great :)

    I saw something on this the other day, its really quite remarkable how people can control computers with their minds. Now all we need is smaller more portable sensors, and we could be controlling everything with our minds :) and maybe (with this is audio-vibatry physio molecular (:P) sound system which vibrate your head) maybe telepathy in some form or another could become possible :)
  4. Mar 29, 2004 #3


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    Thats some pretty neat stuff. Unfortunately this also might have some drawbacks. Imagine your boss walks into your cubicle while your writing a report in MS Word or OOo. You start having a conversation with him, but in your mind your calling him an idiot. Then the computer goes off and starts typing what your thinking. You could soon be out of a job if there isn't an off switch. :eek:
  5. Mar 29, 2004 #4

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    You know, I guess I had better plan to be self employed for good. :redface:
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  7. Jul 8, 2008 #6
    Applications for Subvocal Speech
    Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
    http://www.techbriefs.com/content/view/1110/34/ edward_ray_lee

    Chuck Jorgensen
    http://www.nasatech.com/NEWS/May04/who_0504.html edward_ray_lee

    Ames Research Center ( NASA )
    http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/projects/subVocal/ edward_ray_lee

    NASA - Subvocal Speech Demo
    http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/news/releases/2004/subvocal/subvocal.html edward_ray_lee

    NASA Develops System To Computerize Silent, "Subvocal Speech"
    http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2004/mar/HQ_04093_subvocal_speech.html edward_ray_lee

    NASA researchers can hear what you're saying, even when you don't make a sound.
    http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2006/0410/084.html edward_ray_lee

    NASA speech research could help the disabled - The Boston Globe
    http://www.boston.com/yourlife/heal...nasa_speech_research_could_help_the_disabled/ edward_ray_lee

    Speaking Without Saying a Word - TFOT
    http://www.tfot.info/articles.php?itemId=28/58/ edward_ray_lee

    SubVocal Speach Video
    http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/projects/nel/Projects/subvocal_speech.htm edward_ray_lee

    Subvocal Speech
    Making Sense of the Research etc
    http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=225 edward_ray_lee

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  8. Jul 8, 2008 #7


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    Is there some reason you keep typing your name after each link? You aren't mentioned in anything.
  9. Jul 9, 2008 #8
    I'm wondering what NASAs motivation behind developing this technology is. It doesn't seem to be something that would be a huge benefit to any of their current or near future projects... it doesn't sound at all like something NASA would be directly involved with.
  10. Jul 9, 2008 #9
    To answer your question Evo
    The links are from a group folder that was copyed unto my post.

    And to answer your question B. Elliott

    By Bob Hirshon
    Listening to the sound of silence.
    I'm Bob Hirshon and this is Science Update.

    You've heard of reading lips. Now, NASA scientists are reading throats. Or more precisely, the nerve signals that tell your throat and tongue to form words.

    Chuck Jorgensen is Chief of Neuroengineering at the NASA-Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. By placing sensors on the chin and Adam's apple, his team can identify several simple words when a speaker only mouths them—or less.

    Some folks will choose to have their mouth completely closed, and the only thing that's going on is tiny movements of the tongue or tension that they have in their vocal cords.

    He says the technology could help astronauts understand each other on space flights, where differences in the atmosphere and gravity make it hard to speak and hear clearly. It could also be useful in emergencies.

    So if someone's muscles, for example, have deteriorated because of microgravity, or if they're physically injured so they can't speak, there is the possibility of directly tapping the nervous system and still controlling the emergency devices that they might need.

    Here on earth, the system could help pilots and air traffic controllers communicate over loud noise. And someday, it might serve as a translator for patients with vocal cord damage. I'm Bob Hirshon for AAAS, the Science Society.
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    Dude, did you ever watch "Ghost in the Shell" or read the manga of the same name? That's pretty much the premise of the movie/TV-series/comics/etc. where almost all humans are physically at one with their machinery. So, if you watch the movie or TV-series, you'd see that they could communicate "telepathically" using their cybernetic implants.
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    It's useful to replace throat mikes where either the background noise is high (aircraft cockpits) or you don't want to make any noise (infantry radios).

    It doesn't really read minds you have to think about vocalising the words, it reads the nerve impusles to your mouth/throat/vocal chords etc.

    ps. Nasa doesn't just do space - the majority of Nasa is research in aviation.
  14. Dec 1, 2008 #13
    They only way that'd happen is if you were going to call him one anyways, because all it does is read the nerve signals sent from the brain to your mouth and throat.
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