A machine which reads brain waves for speech

Although it states that there’s only a limited chance it could be used to help people with cerebral palsy, I find the technological developments described here very exciting. Scientists in California have developed a brain implant that can read people’s minds and turn their thoughts to speech. It apparently identifies neural signals and feeds them through a speech synthesiser. Interestingly, though, the brain needs to have known which muscles do what in speech in order for  the machine  to decode the signals, so it might have limited application for guys like me, but nonetheless it’s a pretty intriguing development.

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