There's a surprising number of people out there really need this.
A combination of brain implants and a neural network helped a 65-year-old man paralyzed from the neck down type out text messages on a computer at 90 characters per minute, faster than any other known brain-machine interface. The patient, referred to as T5 in a research paper published [preprint] in Nature on Wednesday, is the …
Indeed. It almost sounded like the medical types were at risk at applying the same standards to the software as to the hardware which might be overkill in a read only application like this.
Get the hardware right (and safe and certified!) and the software will come along behind it. I'm guessing there would be plenty of people willing to spend an hour a day retraining the ML if it lets them communicate well for the rest of the day if they knew the implant is safe.
Yes and no.
Full body paralysis would mean you definitely could use this.
Being paralysed from the neck down means you can speak so you can use speech to text, voice commands, eye movements and you chin instead without risking an experimental procedure that's still decades away of being safe enough..
I never understood why devices aimed to help disabled users communicate seem to always use alphabets and letter by letter picking, and don't use morse code. This system has to train its AI on 26 characters plus punctuation. A morse code based system would only need its AI to recognize 3, a dot a dash and a sequence end marker. Obviously learning morse would be a requisite but operators routinely sent/receive at comparable rates to those discussed in this article.
"Ono-Sendai corp"...sounds exciting and cyber-punky, can't wait.
But, in reality, if it's Google, they'll drop the project and leave you with useless junk in your head, Facebook, and they'll spam you and everyone you've ever known, Microsoft and an update one day will turn you into a vegetable or wipe half your memories.