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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Monkey's brain controls robot arm


Monkey's brain controls robot arm
Monkeys have been able to control robotic limbs using only their thoughts, scientists report. The animals were able to feed themselves using prosthetic arms, which were controlled by brain activity. Small probes, the width of a human hair, were inserted into the monkeys' primary motor cortex - the region of the brain that controls movement. Writing in Nature journal, the authors said their work could eventually help amputees and people who are paralysed.

This wins best news headline of the year, with the massive number of soldiers maimed with loss of limbs in Iraq, the American Army are spending much more on research for robotic limbs, this also coincides with their research on building robotic exo-skeletons to allow soldiers to run, jump and lift amounts beyond the human, of course we could just not send humans into the mincer of war so that we don’t have to build robotic limbs, but where would the fun in that be?

8 Comments:

At 29/5/08 10:56 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Believe it or not, loss of limbs can be caused by a variety accidents and diseases that don't involve war. You'd think that research and advances in the field of robotics which could help to restore a great deal of life quality and dignity to a great many people would be seen as something positive.

I guess the glass is always half empty for some people

 
At 29/5/08 12:20 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read 'Slaughter of the Innocent' by Hanns Ruesch.

I think a NZ woman also wrote a book on the topic.

Let us know what you think after that.

 
At 29/5/08 12:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The major cause, in most countrys, of amputations is smoking, although that may soon be obesity.

Bugger up your circulation and your extremities die.

Choose to smoke/get fat choose the outcome.

 
At 29/5/08 5:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

poor fuckin monkeys ... doesn't bear thinking about tyhe torture they must go through in THIS experiment.
they should experiment on the people who start the wars where the amputations happen

 
At 29/5/08 6:55 pm, Blogger Mr Grinch said...

"Believe it or not, loss of limbs can be caused by a variety accidents and diseases that don't involve war. You'd think that research and advances in the field of robotics which could help to restore a great deal of life quality and dignity to a great many people would be seen as something positive.

I guess the glass is always half empty for some people"

Who do you think is behind the funding of this kind of research? The tobacco companies? 'Hey, loss of limbs is no longer an issue with smoking!' Sure, there are plenty of other reasons people lose limbs, but there is a vested interest from certain companies with the cash to have this kind of research done, quite possibly mainly for the army.

The US army are almost as bad as the oil and pharmaceutical companies when it comes to doling out the big bucks for research which suits them. I certainly wouldn't put it past them to be behind this research, especially when it coincides with the exoskeleton research.

I doubt you're arguing for all wars in general, because that would be ridiculous. So I'm going to have to guess that you're arguing against Bomber himself, in a pathetic attempt at making Bomber look stupid, and that's why you come across looking naive.

 
At 30/5/08 1:46 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember monkey brain torture lectures in Psyc104 at Canty Uni.

Worst lecturer ever. Prop was a photocopy of a monkey with a flip-top head that fitted in the cnr of his A4 sheet, which fitted in a cnr of the projector screen.

I feel sorry for the monkey and all, but at least it wasn't Revlon or Shisado & talking about monkey brains was really interesting, in a macabre kind of way.

 
At 30/5/08 11:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Tumeke written by a robot monkey arm?

 
At 31/5/08 10:42 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who do you think is behind the funding of this kind of research? The tobacco companies?"

Fuck knows mr grinch, it doesn't say in the article.
Who do you think is funding it?

"...but there is a vested interest from certain companies with the cash to have this kind of research done, quite possibly mainly for the army."

Quite possibly mainly?
WTF does that mean? Is the army funding it or not?
If it is, link please, if not, don't make shit up and assume.

"The US army are almost as bad as the oil and pharmaceutical companies when it comes to doling out the big bucks for research which suits them."

Well, they did invent the internet which allows fools like you to comment, which I guess is a bad thing.

"So I'm going to have to guess that you're arguing against Bomber himself, in a pathetic attempt at making Bomber look stupid"

Don't have to make bomber look stupid, he does it himself.
There is no mention of the US Army in the article.
The article does say this though;

"The more we understand about the brain, the better we'll be able to treat a wide range of brain disorders, everything from Parkinson's disease and paralysis to, eventually, Alzheimer's disease and perhaps even mental illness."

Looks pretty altruistic to me.

Remeber mr grinch, the USArmy is not behind every medical breakthrough.
Who is the stupid naive one?

 

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