back to article Brain-computer interface and AI helps stroke victim speak through avatar

Researchers have helped a woman paralyzed by a brain stem stroke to speak through a digital avatar, thanks to AI algorithms that analyze her brain waves and translates them into speech and simulated movements. The patient, identidied as "Ann", can move her facial muscles but cannot speak. Computer scientists trained a …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "The [NYT] updated its terms of service"

    It would do better to update its bot.txt file, because despite all the hype around pseudo-AI at the moment, I don't think those statistical analysis machines actually read terms of service.

    Or are even beginning to be capable of understanding them.

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: "The [NYT] updated its terms of service"

      "Blah blah I can't be bothered to even think about this topic, but I'll post anyway."

      It would be trivial – trivial – to ensure one of OpenAI's GPT models is including ToS statements published on websites in its input, and then to have GPTbot query that model before crawling the site. That's a well-defined problem. You don't even need an LLM to do it; a decent HMM or MEMM would almost certainly show very high F1 in a task like that.

      Try criticizing LLMs and AI hype for real reasons. You're just muddying the waters.

  2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge


    Hopefully this non-invasive brain/computer interface will advance at a faster pace and become a success than the efforts of Neuralink. Though nothing to stop Musk buying up this technology and re-branding it as Neuralink

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Means she won't speak Strine

    Strewth, what's not to like cobber ? :-)

  4. Sora2566

    Here's one use of a brain interface I'm happy to see being researched - here's hoping they can get that error rate down further.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I do wonder, though - how do they know that what the avatar is saying is really what she wants it to say, or is it just making up something that sounds good?

      1. Sora2566

        The patient in question could still move her facial muscles, so...

        "Blink twice if that's mostly what you meant, blink three times if not, one long blink for 'It's complicated'".

    2. An_Old_Dog Silver badge

      Think of the Possibilities

      "Sorry, mate, but in accordance with the new RIPA, we are allowed to map yiour brain without your consent, and to ask you questions and note your brain's responses. Those responses will be taken as your testimony and possibly used against you."

  5. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

    Resistance is futile

    ”We are the Borg. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.”

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