It sounds like something from a science fiction movie: Sensors are surgically
inserted in the brain to understand what you’re thinking. Machines that can
speak, move or process information based on the fleeting thoughts in a
But it’s not completely fictional. The technology is out there. A researcher
in Wisconsin recently announced the ability to “think” updates onto the Twitter
website. Locally, researchers at Washington University have developed even
deeper ways of tying humans and computers together.
For Eric Leuthardt, 36, a neurologist at Washington University Medical
School, it’s about taking our relationship with computers to the next level.
“The idea is to basically connect people with devices and machines through
their thoughts directly,” he said.