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AI Brain Chip Allows for People with Paralysis to Communicate Their Thoughts via Writing

In today’s world, technology is advancing at a non-stop pace. It often seems as though with the lack of keeping up, we can easily fall behind the trends and innovations of technology in just one year. While technology and its various advancements are often slandered for their intrusive characteristics in our personal and daily lives, there is no

doubting the fact that some aspects of these intrusive capabilities can only be appreciated.

In May of 2021, Stanford University announced that AI-powered brain implants are currently being created and tested for the purpose of enabling persons with paralysis to write. As explained by Shah (2021), this innovation utilizes a computer that converts the handwriting movement from brain activity into on-screen text. More specifically, an AI chip is placed in the T5 motor cortex of the human brain which has the responsibility and control of bodily movement. As the test subject imagined himself writing via his hand, the AI chip converted these thoughts into texts on a computer screen. How neat!

Personally, I found this news to be amazing because not only does it allow for people with paralysis to communicate through texts, but it could also potentially open up more doors for AI-powered inventions to aid other disabilities. Hence, highlighting the idea of how wonderful technology can be. While there are stages of experiments within this invention that still need to be conducted, it is exciting to think about how this could curate a remarkable and hopeful new way of life for those with paralysis.

Shah, S. (2021, May 15). Brain implant lets people with paralysis write using their minds. Engadget.


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