Applying Machine Learning To Treat Paralysis

When Ian Burkhart was 19 years old, he was in an accident that damaged his spinal cord. He was paralysed from the chest down, losing all feeling in his hands and feet. Now a team of scientists and doctors in the USA have been able to restore some control in Burkhart’s right hand through the use of innovative technology. For five years Burkhart – who broke his neck when he dove under a wave at a beach in North Carolina – has been unable to do mundane tasks like stir a straw. The procedure has enabled Burkhart, now 24, to use his hand and fingers, but it has not eliminated the paralysis. Indeed Burkhart is entirely dependent on the technology providing the stimulus for any motor activity. He told the…


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