Adam Wilson posted two messages on Twitter on April 15. The first one, "GO BADGERS," might have been sent by any University of Wisconsin-Madison student cheering for the school team.
His second post, 20 minutes later, was a little more unusual: "SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN."
Wilson, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering, was confirming an announcement he had made two weeks earlier -- his lab had developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought....
I first heard the story on Public Radio. It included an interview with the student researcher, Adam Wilson (who's just about to get his PhD), and the event struck me as having some real historical significance.
Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone message is well known as: "Mr Watson... Come here. I want to see you." It's hard to say whether the first Twitter message sent via a brain-machine interface only will be remembered as "GO BADGERS," or as "SPELLING WITH MY BRAIN" ;) ...but I think the event will be remembered.