June 3, 2010 AT 11:24 am

Monkey Controls Robotic Arm With His Brain

via IEEE Spectrum:

In a remarkable demonstration of brain-machine interface technology, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have taught a monkey to use just its thoughts to control an advanced robotic arm and perform elaborate maneuvers with it.

It’s not the first time a monkey with sensors implanted in its brains has controlled machines with its mind. But this seven-degrees-of-freedom robot arm is probably the most complex system a monkey has ever mastered with its thoughts alone.

see also the NY Times.

This can’t end well. 😐


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