Monkey Moves Cursor by Thinking
Wed Mar 13, 2:03 PM ET

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press Writer

 

A monkey with a fingernail-size brain implant moved a cursor on a computer screen just by thinking the latest in a series of experiments that have raised hopes that paralyzed people might one day be able to control complex devices with their minds.

 
While humans have already been implanted with a similar device that allows control of a cursor, the set of thin wires used by the Brown University researchers is less bulky and worked by measuring fewer neurons.

Three rhesus monkeys were given the implants, which were first used to record signals from their motor cortex an area of the brain that controls movement as they manipulated a joystick with their hands. Then those signals were used to develop a program that enabled one of the monkeys to continue moving the cursor with its brain.

During dozens of trials over several months, the monkey moved the cursor just by thinking and used it to touch dots that appeared on the screen, earning orange juice as a reward, said John Donoghue, chairman of neuroscience at Brown.

The results are promising enough that the device could one day be used on humans, the researchers reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature. They would not speculate on how long that might take.

Anything that can be controlled with two- or three-dimensional coordinates can be controlled by similar implants, Donoghue said.

"Anything you can imagine can be engineered. What can you do with point-and-click navigation on the Internet?" he said.

In 1998, researchers at Emory University in Atlanta reported that a paralyzed man was able to control a cursor with a cone-shaped, glass implant, using it to operate a voice synthesizer that allowed him to communicate.

The key advance in the Brown study is that the researchers were able to use fewer neurons between seven and 30 to control the cursor, said Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi, a Northwestern University professor and staff member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Mussa-Ivaldi said the glass cone implant is bulkier, but its advantage is that brain cells grow around the glass, holding it in place.

In November, Duke University researchers reported they had wired the brains of monkeys to control robotic arms. When the monkeys reached for food or manipulated a joystick, the robotic arms mimicked those motions.

Duke researcher Miguel Nicolelis, who was involved in the robotic arm research, said similar work has also been done with rodents.

As for transferring the implant technology to humans, "I always estimate these transfers as somewhere between five and 10 years, but it's very encouraging," Nicolelis said. "It now shows in rodents and in monkeys that this is feasible. It gets us very much on the track to potential applications in humans."
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The implanting nowadays allegedly can be done by an ordinary injection.
Here is a description of some of the symptoms common to most victims. 24 hours,
seven days a week, for years on end, victims are subjected to all kinds of
harassment and torture. Most agree that the technology can remotely target and control
every nerve of the body. Heart rate can speed up and slow down, bowel movements
can be regulated, illnesses can turn on and off in an instant. Victims report microwave
hearing or voices in the head and sleep deprivation. Thoughts can be read, and played
back to the victim, instantaneously. People around the victim can repeat verbatim,
the victim's immediate thoughts. Dreams are manipulated, behaviors controlled,
emotions literally played with and all types of pain can be started and stopped in all
parts of the body. Most are labeled mentally ill and live with financial ruin, loss of health,
social life and "cancer". All say the technology is very sophisticated and effective
as a weapon. Some victims say they would use it on their torturers and feel
vindication.
It is a slow death.
Which implant came first?.... the alien, or human?
 
p.s. Alleged "implant injection"? If you get a flu shot....trust/know who gives it to you.

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