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In the classic science-fiction movie Forbidden Planet space travelers from Earth land on a distant planet where they encounter the remnants of a technologically advanced civilization Even though they are not from this distant planet the space travelers are able to communicate with one of the alien computers They do this by connecting themselves to glowing head probes By doing this the space travelers thoughts and feelings are directly conveyed to the alien computer over a neural link In the science-fiction movie The Matrix the world is run by machines that use humans as batteries so sustain themselves A group of humans brake the grip of the machines and begin to wage a war on their metallic oppressors These people are able to fight the machines with the help of computers Each one of these people has a jack in the back of his or her head that is connected to a computer By doing this the people are able to turn their thoughts such as dodging bullets and knowing Kung-Fu into reality The idea of people having their minds linked to computers has appeared throughout works of science-fiction The way this idea works is very simple A person thinks of a command and the computer immediately responds Thought recognition would be the ultimate computer interface the machine acting as an extension of the human nervous system itselfLusted Hugh S and Knapp R Benjamin Controlling Computers with Neural Signals Scientific American October 1996 This technology would prove very useful for people with neuromuscular handicaps The purpose of this paper is to show how controlling computers with neural signals will help make life easier for people with handicaps and how it will affect the future Computer technology has advanced considerably in the last forty years Even with all these advances constructing a versatile neural junction between a human brain and an electronic one remains a formidable challengeLusted Hugh S and Knapp R Benjamin Controlling Computers with
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