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The Cognitive Story: Improving the Lives of Humans Through Innovation and Technology

Not Rocket Science joins a team of developers and companies including Tanmay Bakshi, Darwin Ecosystem, and IBM on a mission to improve the lives of humans through innovation and technology.

The Backstory: Who is Boo?

Boo is a 29-year-old native Canadian who suffers from Rhett Syndrome. Rhett Syndrome is a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops, causing the inability to use muscles for speech and eye and body movements. The cause isn't known, and there is no cure. However, our team may be able to help people like Boo interact with the world around them.

Watch the video below to learn more about Boo's story and the project.


About the Project:  

The project's initial goal is to connect an electroencephalogram (EEG) to an artificial intelligence system that has the promise to help Boo communicate with her parents and others.

The basic project concepts are as follows:
- Boo's parents can interpret her muted actions to determine her basic needs and wants.
- An electroencephalogram (EEG) can visualize brainwave patterns for them to see on a tablet.
- Boo's parents can tell a computer system what Boo is thinking, starting with basics such as "yes", "no", "happy", and "sad".
- Artificial intelligence can begin to correlate and match the brainwave patterns to what Boo's parents put in the computer.
- These patterns can be learned by IBM Watson. As Watson learns, the system will be able to tell others what Boo wants or needs.

Watch the technology in action, below.

Stay tuned for more articles regarding this life-changing project.

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