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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7094526.stm

In this story, neuroscientists are experimenting with a "locked in" patient (someone who is conscious but incapable of communicating due to paralysis) in an attempt to use brain imaging and implanted electrodes with speech software to give him a voice.  They say they are a long way off from conversation, but it's still pretty impressive.

Yesterday's sci-fi is tomorrow's outpatient procedure.

I can't help but wonder... if he's unable to communicate, how did he give consent for them to cut into his brain? 

Also, if you've been alive, but incapable of communication for 8 years... what would your first words be?

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2007 9:41 AM General Interest | Back to top


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I'd totally start air guitaring Metallica's One.
:P

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Left by D'Arcy from Winnipeg on Nov 15, 2007 10:42 AM

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heh cue the machine guns...

Yeah, I considered that... but I think after 8 years of not being able to communicate with anyone, I'd be completely insane and my first words would be: ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGHHH AIIIIIIIIIEEEE ARRRRRRRGGGG WOOWOOWOOWOOWOO
Left by Chris Williams on Nov 15, 2007 10:50 AM

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"CHEESEBURGER DAMMIT!"
Left by Brian C. Lanham on Nov 15, 2007 5:32 PM

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