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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Mind Controlled Computing for the Disabled

A group of Negev students from Ben-Gurion University have developed a tool for the disabled to interact with their computer using their thoughts.

Israel is not the only country to work on this type of technology. America and Britain both have their own secret labs where they experiment on these type of things. In the UK, it is carried out by the University of Oxford under the The Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (CNCB). The CNCB is supported by a Strategic Award from the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and accommodates part of the programme on Mind and Machine of the Oxford Martin School. (source: Oxford Martin). The goal is transhumanism, linking up every human brain to a computer interface, but of course, they will not tell you that.

The article, Mind Controlled Computing for the Disabled states:

"...a trio of students from an Israeli university developed a program that connects brain waves virtually to a computer interface. They call it MinDesktop, and their prototype application could revolutionize mind-controlled computing the same way Windows changed the accessibility of personal computing.

Taking an off-the-shelf technology, the three Ben-Gurion University of the Negev undergraduates have developed a new graphical user interface (GUI) to help the physically challenged use their thoughts to send emails, surf the Web, turn on media players and communicate with their computer and the outside world."

“The innovation is the user interface — the human-computer interface. We are using three actions that the software and the headset can give us – two is not enough – and when there are many actions you define [in the system], it becomes noisy and harder to control,” says Puzis.

“Instead of a mouse and keyboard, we have a headset and an easy interface to a pointing device that can be controlled.”

Fitted with a helmet developed by Emotiv, which comes equipped with 14 points to record and analyze EEG brainwaves, the students programmed the helmet’s existing software to learn the thoughts associated with simple types of actions such as push and pull — actions that are associated with specially developed commands for the mobility-challenged.

Such a thought-controlled computer has been the challenge for hundreds of labs around the world, but until now the ideas haven’t been altogether feasible for the masses due to the clunkiness of the equipment and the need for it to be operated in a lab setting.

To learn where all this diabolical technology is taking us listen to Fred Coulter's sermons on transhumanism. Fred Coulter is the minister of the Christian Biblical Church of God.

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