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Stanford Scientists Hope to Hack into Stephen Hawking's Brain

It goes without saying that Stephen Hawking is one of the world's brightest minds alive today, unfortunately his infinite wisdom is no longer as easy to share with the rest of the world as it once was. Due to development of his motor neurone disease over the years, Hawking's thoughts have become increasingly difficult to communicate.

Despite sophisticated speech generation devices, Hawking is no longer able to educate the world as he used to. This may all change very soon thanks to the work of professor Philip Low at Stanford University. Hoping to "hack" into Hawking's brain, Low and his team of researchers have created something called the iBrain, a device that is designed to measure electrical brain activity with an extreme amount of detail.

By measuring the intense brain activity going on while Hawking thinks about performing basic motor functions, the researchers hope to develop a sophisticated roadmap that can eventually be used to transcribe a person's thoughts into words. Although the device is far from being able to completely read our minds, it provides a very promising start to the creation of speech generation devices that utilize the brain rather than the body.

More information to come next month as the researchers reveal their latest findings at a conference in Cambridge where they plan to demonstrate the latest developments in the iBrain on Hawking live.

  • drwho1
    iBrain?
    Is this another iSilly gadget?


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  • Antimatter79
    If I were immobilized, especially for so many years of my life, I don't think anyone would want to be reading my mind. When the device finally becomes fully functional, Stephen's brain readout is going to have page after page of "t1ts, @ss, t1ts, @ss, physics, t1ts, @ss, t1ts, @ss, physics....."
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  • shloader
    At least it's another word Apple can't put an 'i' in front of and call themselves clever.

    Reading is one thing but I hope to see in my lifetime when we can encode knowledge to the brain as well. I can finally have my vulcan mind meld, albeit via technology.
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  • thomaslompton
    I hate listening to his atheistic crap that is not even based on science. He may be smart, but he is definitely bitter towards God.
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  • osamabinrobot
    thomaslomptonI hate listening to his atheistic crap that is not even based on science. He may be smart, but he is definitely bitter towards God.thanks, i needed a good laugh today
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  • Robi_g
    thomaslomptonI hate listening to his atheistic crap that is not even based on science. He may be smart, but he is definitely bitter towards God.
    why even bring religion into this? Pointless, he has an opinion let him express it, if you don't like it don't listen to it. Anyway back on topic, how are they going to filter all the different brain functions, surely the machine will pick up stuff like breathing or thinking about being hungry or whatever.
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  • stingstang
    Please just call it anything other than the iBrain. Call it skittles, I don't care.
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  • hardcore_gamer
    lawsuit coming in 3..2...
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  • A Bad Day
    FOR SCIENCE!
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  • alan1302
    thomaslomptonI hate listening to his atheistic crap that is not even based on science. He may be smart, but he is definitely bitter towards God.
    Just because you dot agree does not make it crap - and if you were in his situation surely if you believed in God you can understand why he would be bitter towards him.
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