Re: "Star Trek: First Contact" Technical Questions

Roderick A. Carder-Russell (
Mon, 25 Nov 1996 23:46:37 -0500 (EST)

On Mon, 25 Nov 1996, James Rogers wrote:

>[clipped stuff about visual prosthetics]
> I saw something on this on the Discovery channel. It was pretty
> interesting. They have been currently experimenting with 8 x 8 sensor
> arrays, but they believe they can achieve a much higher sensor density than
> this. The difficulty is attaching the electronic device to the nervous
> system. It is currently done by surgically attaching nerves to fine wires
> on the backside of the device. The person then has to "learn" to organize
> the inputs into a coherent pattern.

If I recall, the subjects gained the ability to recognize objects
and forms, and to easily navigate a room or even around streets. Was
there some debate about gaining the ability to recognize faces?

> Note however, that an
> external power supply is required.

I believe that this was one of the major problems, they discussed
solar power or some such idea? I really wish I could remember where I saw
this! (Damn, I forgot to take my memory pills!)

> As far as augmentation goes, reportedly the device allowed the test subjects
> to see well into the infrared range and in extremely low light levels. This
> is a consequence of the sensor technology, and not really an intentional
> goal of the device. It would be a useful augmentation though!

I look forward to the day when such enhancements are both
practical and affordable. I'm itching to enhance in such a physical
manner, in the meantime I'll have to content myself with hard work and

> -James Rogers

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