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ATLANTA (October 23, 1998 7:08 p.m. EDT http://www.nandotimes.com) - A paralyzed Georgia man who received a tiny brain implant has become the first human to control a computer using only his thoughts.
Known only by his initials, J.R., the 53-year-old man was the second person to receive the implant, about the size of the tip of a ball point pen, but only the first to successfully communicate with a computer using his thoughts, Roy Bakay, who developed the implant with Phillip Kennedy, told Reuters late Thursday.
"What we've done is enabled a patient who was unable to move his limbs or speak to communicate through a computer," Bakay, an Emory University researcher, said. "We have him think about movement. This sends a signal to a receiving unit in his scalp, which sends a message to the computer screen."
"It's like operating an on/off switch." he said. "The person thinks about the activity, electrical activity in his brain increases and sends a message to control the cursor." The implants consist of two tiny hollow glass cones coated with neurotropic chemicals extracted from the recipients' peripheral nerves. The chemicals encourage nerves to grow into the cones, penetrating the glass, Bakay said.
"This puts the cells inside the cone so it keeps the cells going for a very long time. It is critical to train these cells in a stable environment," he said. "The nerve tissue grows into the cone and forms contacts or synapses.
"It's those signals that we pick up. It's like having a little piece of isolated brain within the glass cone. We are able to run electrical activity off of that."
Although Bakay said the research, which began 12 years ago, is in its infancy, future steps may include training "a whole series of cells to do things. There is tremendous potential."
He said the goal is to improve a recipient's ability at the computer so he would be able to type letters and send e-mail. "We'd like to get them on the Internet and open communications to the rest of the world, and vice versa.
"After that, we'd like for them to use the computer to control their environments, turn lights on and off, adjust a bed, call an attendant, turn the TV on or off. Finally, we hope they will be able to run prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, even prosthetic limbs."
Bakay and Kennedy decided to use glass cones because metal "pokes holes into cells and they die," he said.
The two people who have received the implants were both very ill, Bakay said.
The first recipient died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) before she could be trained to control the computer cursor, he said.
J.R. is also in poor health, hospitalized at the U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta. A massive stroke paralyzed him and left him on a ventilator.
Bakay said the first recipient was "only able to move her eyes up and down and sideways a little bit," but died three months after receiving the implant.
"She was able to prove all our basic premises for us," Bakay said. "She helped us identify the cells we were looking for in this project."
The prognosis for the second patient, who has mastered such simple computer commands as up, down, left and right, remains uncertain. Bakay said he was taken to a hospital intensive care unit Wednesday night after developing respiratory problems.
"When he gets sick he can't work," Bakay said. "The mind doesn't function well. It's difficult working with him when he is at his best, but we're learning a lot from this fellow."
Bakay said a third recipient likely would be chosen next year after he and Kennedy fully understand how much the current subject can accomplish. But he said the project has very limited financing.
Bakay and Kennedy experimented first with monkeys at Yerkes Regional Primate Center in Atlanta, then won permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to try the implants on three human recipients.
The project's biggest impediment has been money.
"Dr. Kennedy and I are two overworked clinicians who still have patients to see," Bakay said. "We need some help. We are hoping some venture capitalist will be interested."
4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
The above article clearly shows how close we are to the time when chips will be implanted in every living being. For the Bible states that without the mark of the beast, you will not be able to buy or sell. In other words, you won't be able to buy food, medicine, clothes, and other basic necessities required to live.
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
We are living in the days that are prophesied in the Bible concerning the rise of the antichrist and the second coming of Christ. The hour is at hand. The time is at hand. The time is now for men and women everywhere to repent and cast their burdens on the Lord. There is no longer months and years to wait for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The rapture of the church is soon at hand. The soon return of the Lord is soon at hand. Look at the world around you compared to just ten years ago. At that time there were very few people who had a computer. Now the number of people is growing who have computers in their homes. We have seen the development of the X10 protocol that enables you to control electrical appliances around your home from your computer. We have seen the rise of the X25 protocol for wireless communication by your computer. There have been many other advancements lately. How long ago was it that the cashier in the supermarket punched in your purchase amount on a keyboard? Now there are laser scanning devices that automatically print out what you buy and automatically tabulate the total. We are truly living in an era that really shows the increasing of knowledge in the last days. Now from your key chain you can open your car door from 20 feet away from the car just by pushing a button on your key chain.
All of these advancements along with others will enable the antichrist to assume command of the world. He will arise not by force, but by the use of his tongue. He will be a master of deception and lying. He will come to power through the use of the Internet and will use the Internet to implement his nefarious schemes. In The last days wickedness will rise. We are seeing the rise of wickedness on every hand. Wickedness is increasing on all fronts, starting from the highest levels of governments to the man on the street. This rise of wickedness is going to bring the antichrist to power. Governments, companies, and people will cry for someone with a solution to all of the world's problems. They will desire a leader who will tell them what they desire to hear. They will seek a leader that will take care of crime, famine, and what they perceive to be wicked, but while holding on to their own sins and evil desires. As you can see, the television is becoming more prolific in portraying murder, adultery, fornication, and lasciviousness. These, the people of the world, want to hold on to all of the lust of the flesh while asking for a decrease in crime.
In these last days we are seeing wisdom increase in all fields of endeavor. The medical field, computer field, agriculture, physics, electronics, chemistry, and every other field are showing tremendous increases. All of these increases in knowledge that were not present a mere ten years ago are signs of the times. What is commonplace today would have been considered a miracle just a few years ago. The day and the hour that we are living in is truly the last days.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Now, if Jesus would sound the divine trumpet call today, would you hear the call and rise to meet the Lord in the air? If the rapture of the church would take place tonight, would you be left behind in your sins? Are your sins holding you firm to this earth? If there is any doubt, now is the time to repent and cast your burdens on the Lord Jesus. Now is the time to call out to Jesus and ask for His divine forgiveness. Jesus is calling all sinners to come home. Will you heed this call? Will you hear and listen to the calling of the Lord Jesus? The day of salvation is today!
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
2 Corinthians 6:2
2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
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