Mind reading machine on its way
Scientists who claim to have discovered a way of translating people¶s thoughts into words are soon coming out with a mind reading machine. An international team, led by Prof Bradley Greger of Utah University, has been able to translate, for the ¿rst time, brain signals into speech using sensors attached to the brain. The experimental breakthrough, which is up to 90 per cent accurate, o ers a way to communicate for paralyzed patients who cannot speak and could eventually lead to being able to read anyone thoughts. The team achieved the experimental breakthrough when it attached two button sized grids of 16 tiny electrodes to the speech centres of the brain of an epileptic patient who had part of his skull removed for another operation. Using the electrodes, the scientists recorded brain signals as the patient repeatedly read each of 10 words that might be useful to a paralyzed person: yes, no, hot, cold, hungry, thirsty, hello, goodbye, more and less. Then they got him to repeat the words to the computer and it was able to match the brain signals for each word 76 per cent to 90 percent of the time.
BharatBerry: India¶s answer to BlackBerry
If BlackBerry creates problems for corporate email users on the move because it cannot comply with the security monitoring norms of the government, a home-grown ¿rm is ready to o er a similar service with that problem removed. BharatBerry, dubbed as ³an India compliant end-to-end service´ is a venture started by Ajay Data, 36, from Rajasthan. BharatBerry service (in which handsets are not made by the ¿rm) aims to address one million BlackBerry users if Research In Motion fails to comply with government requirements that it must allow interventions to help law enforcers trying to check abuse of con¿dential corporate mail by terror groups. It might not be quite the thing for multi-nationals with a global footprint, but the a ordability makes it quite Indian as it is available for monthly fee that is a fraction of base-level BlackBerry o ers. ³We have tested the service thoroughly on all BlackBerry models and it works well with all of them. It is a completely secure, fully tested and totally reliable service for as low as Rs 250 a month,´ Data said.