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Unique brain implant for neural signals created
- October 6, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
The ability of the brain to control our body no longer surprises anyone – however, the ability to control the brain for this purpose seems to be a conceptually different task, incomparably more complex. However, the team of neuroscientists from the University of California and San Francisco has their own vision of how this can be achieved – because today the team of scientists presented their new unique device for converting brain signals into synthesized human speech. Of course, this sounds really unusual, but it is actually associated with fairly predictable brain processes.
The development itself is based on the use of a special machine algorithm that reads the activity of certain brain regions using electroencephalography technology – and, accordingly, records the various changes that occur when reading a text.
The development itself was tested on several people who read various texts of artistic content aloud – during this process, the development actively measured the level of brain activity and literally tracked the relationship of these departments with the movement of the lips, tongue and larynx, which ultimately allows the synthesis of human speech – even if a person doesn’t openly pronounce words while reading, only the mechanical movements of the tongue inside the mouth are enough. Of course, the implant development itself is still experimental and does not claim to be highly accurate – so far within 69% of the words – however, it will soon receive another extension of its functionality.
It is worth noting that the presented implant in the brain is still actively tested at its initial stage – since it is assumed that its commercial version will be available only in a limited format. In addition, the developers themselves say that most likely the development will be a kind of research base, on the basis of which other similar developments will be created. We just have to wait for further news regarding this project.