THIS IS YOUR
BRAIN ON SILICON
The ability of computers to enhance and augment both mental and physical abilities and potential is no longer the exclusive realm of science fiction writers. It is becoming a reality. Brain Computer Interface technology will help define the potential of the human race. It holds the promise of bringing sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and the return of normal functionality to the physically impaired. A miracle? Hardly. But perhaps the next closest thing.
BCI in Health Care
Studies show that patients with access to brain-computer interface technology recover more quickly from serious mental traumas, especially if there is underlying physical trauma that renders the patient incapable of communicating. By interfacing with a computer through a direct neural connection, patients report a higher rate of mental engagement and, ultimately, recovery. BCI technology shows promising signs in both preventing and delaying the onset of dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in the elderly.
In Asia, Brain-Computer Interface technology has been applied to help handicapped individuals write Chinese characters. Called the P300 Chinese Speller, this program, still in the prototype phase, promises to change the lives of millions of Chinese people suffering from paralysis.