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William McKnight

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I will periodically be sharing my thoughts and observations on information management here in the blog. I am passionate about the effective creation, management and distribution of information for the benefit of company goals, and I'm thrilled to be a part of my clients' growth plans and connect what the industry provides to those goals. I have played many roles, but the perspective I come from is benefit to the end client. I hope the entries can be of some modest benefit to that goal. Please share your thoughts and input to the topics.

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William is the president of McKnight Consulting Group, a firm focused on delivering business value and solving business challenges utilizing proven, streamlined approaches in data warehousing, master data management and business intelligence, all with a focus on data quality and scalable architectures. William functions as strategist, information architect and program manager for complex, high-volume, full life-cycle implementations worldwide. William is a Southwest Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, a frequent best-practices judge, has authored hundreds of articles and white papers, and given hundreds of international keynotes and public seminars. His team's implementations from both IT and consultant positions have won Best Practices awards. He is a former IT Vice President of a Fortune company, a former software engineer, and holds an MBA. William is author of the book 90 Days to Success in Consulting. Contact William at

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Tired of having to move that mouse, type on that keyboard, use a pen computer or even speak to operate your computer? How about just think about what you want entered?

Scientists at the New York State Department of Health in Albany, NY have demonstrated a brain-computer interface (BCI) that send signals through electrode-laden caps which interpret the brain's rhythms and can move a computer cursor in any direction.

In "NEUROPROSTHETICS: Brain-Computer Interface Adds a New Dimension" (Link: fee required), Ingrid Wickelgren states "This fall, surgeons implanted 100 electrodes into the brain of a 25-year-old quadriplegic man and connected them to a computer that enables him to check his e-mail and choose a television channel with his thoughts alone. And monkeys with similarly implanted electrodes have used brain signals to move cursors or robotic arms in two dimensions (Science, 24 January 2003, p. 496). Now, in a groundbreaking development, two neuroscientists from the Wadsworth Center, part of the New York State Department of Health in Albany, have shown that similar feats may be possible without the dangers of inserting electrodes into the brain."

The article goes on to list different early-stage possibilities, including operating a wheelchair, chess-playing, moving a computer mouse and moving a limb.

Not only can brain signals could be used to control a computer, but now we learn it can be done without surgically implanting large numbers of tiny electrodes. The detector is called an electroencephalogram or EEG.

The implications are enormous, almost beyond belief, for future generations. Can you imagine business intelligence at the speed of.... thought?!

Posted December 6, 2005 10:24 AM
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wonder if we are ever going to be advanced enough to copy images from our dreams

if the do find the technology for printing out images that come from the mind it would be better than dna for people that say their innocent of committing crimes you know if its like they did something like murder they would dream about it or how about inventions or a loved one that passed and you still dream of them you would have a new pic wouldn't that be neat

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