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Connecting mind vs machine. (To Yan.King.Yin)

Brian zhil at online.no
Sun Jun 24 11:53:57 EST 2001

"Richard Norman" <rsnorman at mediaone.net> skrev i melding
news:GNOY6.5986$s25.52097 at typhoon.mw.mediaone.net...
> Patch clamping is an excellent technique to record what is happening
> on very small pieces of membrane.  These pieces may have only one
> or two active protein channels on them, so the technique is invaluable in
> determining how single ion channels work.  Neher and Sakmann
> won the Nobel Prize for this work.
> However it really has very little bearing on your question about
> connecting "the brain" to electronic equipment.  It requires very
> highly isolated neurons with clean surfaces and specialized
> manipulators capable of very small controlled movements and
> mechanical stability, not to mention very specialized electronics.

You're right - for the present.
The Japanese are developing something called nanobots, and they
have produce electric motors in the size of micrometers.
Far from being able to produce what you're warranting; it is a small
step in the right direction.

> If you really want to record signals, especially from large number
> of cells simultaneously,  you had better look elsewhere!

Such as the general ECG and CAT ??
Sorry, they RECORD; they don't work both ways, and that is what
he was looking for.

> The issue of "reprogramming" is altogether different.  Patch
> clamping has nothing to do with that.

Of course not..........reprogramming of neurons to make adaptions
toward electronics equipment is beyound the horizon for at least 12
years, but it will be the ultimate way to connect you and your cell-phone..


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