One Small Step for a Robot, One Giant Leap for Primatekind

Recently, robots don’t seem to have done much for the techno-hungry masses besides make some funny faces, vacuum some floors, and maybe dazzle us with their motor skills. This is a huge letdown because bold pioneers like George Lucas and Hanna-Barbera have been promising us robotic appendages, companions, and slaves for decades that just haven’t come to fruition. UNTIL NOW! A neuroscience team at Duke University have trained a 12-pound monkey to make a 200-pound humanoid robot walk using only its brain activity… over the Internet.

This is a huge development not only because of the novelty of a monkey controlling a gigantic robot, but because it might also pave the way for new breakthroughs which could significantly elevate the usefulness of prosthetic limbs and allow paralyzed people to move by controlling external devices with their thoughts. Also, the prospect of gentle robot slaves and cyborg superpeople somehow doesn’t seem too far away.

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Monkey’s Thoughts Propel Robot, a Step That May Help Humans

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