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Intel exploring ways to help Hawking

2012-01-09 18:15

London - A senior Intel executive says the American chipmaker is studying ways to help renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking overcome his slowing speech.

Hawking has Lou Gehrig's disease, an incurable degenerative neurone disorder that has left him almost completely paralysed.

For several years the scientist has communicated using a tiny infra-red sensor that translates small movements in his right cheek into words spoken by a voice synthesiser.

But Hawking, 70, is losing the use of the nerves in his face and his rate of speech has slowed to one word per minute.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Intel executive Justin Rattner said his company had a research team in Britain laying the groundwork for a potential new speech system.

Comments
  • PatPion - 2012-01-10 08:22

    Some great advances have been made in the area of brain pattern recognition. It has been possible to move a cursor across a computer screen for many years now just by thinking it. They should surely be able to 'translate' (no pun intended) that into speech recognition?

  • Earthling - 2012-01-10 09:43

    So pleased with this! How much knowledge is still locked away in that brain of his, with him unable to share it with the world?

      Drogo - 2012-01-10 10:46

      Not all knowledge is good or beneficial for youself or for mankind. I seriously doubt whether he has anything good or beneficial to share with the rest of the world. As he cannot pull the plug himself, someone else should help him out of his misery and suffering.

  • Drogo - 2012-01-10 10:38

    Well, well. Hawking is a huge exponent of the evolution theory, i.e. that man is constantly evolving into a higher and better being from previous lower and weaker forms of beings. So, why then has he a deadly degenerative neuron disorder? His own sickness is ironicaly disproving his own beliefs. Clearly, evolution has failed him miserably. Perhaps he should start to re-think about his own beliefs and disbeliefs?

      James - 2012-01-10 13:31

      You moron! You think if be believed in your religion his disease would just go away?

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