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Converting brainwaves into speech

Postby Kay » Sat 7 Jul 2012 12:03 GMT

There are fears that Stephen Hawking will lose yet more physical functions, thus locking his brain inside his body and leaving him unable to communicate.

Here's an interesting story about an attempt to read his brainwaves to convert them into speech.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18749963
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Postby ruggie » Sat 7 Jul 2012 13:34 GMT

Yes. i saw that. But it still seems quiet a long way from what they're doing to being able to give Stephen Hawking a new means of controlling a speech synthesiser. It will be wonderful if they succeed in time.
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Postby Dave » Sat 7 Jul 2012 17:01 GMT

And a living nightmare if they don't.
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Postby Graeme » Sat 7 Jul 2012 23:26 GMT

Not sure we have anything that could keep up with his ability to think, he might need his own Cray computer just for the interface.
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Postby ruggie » Wed 18 Jul 2012 20:55 GMT

Part of his genius is that he does have the ability to express his thoughts, so we shouldn't need anything any more powerful than we would for any person able to speak. Garbage in, garbage out for some, no doubt, but the machine doesn't need to be aware of that.

I agree, Dave. Loss of contact would be absolute hell for someone with a fully functioning mind.
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