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Robot Arm Controlled through Monkey Brain Interface

by Jason Patocka June 5, 2010

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh recently demonstrated a robot arm being controlled by a monkey using a neural interface. They were even kind enough to post recorded results to YouTube so we could all share in this moment of inter-species achievement.

Its too bad we don’t have that monkey trained to direct robots to fix oil pipes 5 miles below the ocean surface. Perhaps I’m just snarky after seeing a week’s worth of wildlife choking on oil and washing up dead in the Gulf of Mexico, but my money is on Bubbles the Chimp having better results than BP at this point.

Just sayin’.

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  1. This is very interesting, although I’m wondering why they don’t have humans doing the same thing?

    Comment by Xavier — June 6, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

  2. Ethical questions aside, there are labs researching human interfaces with machines / software. The most notable being the one that Matt Nagle sports around.

    You can read more about the history on the subject here:

    There is also work being done at DARPA, and as you can expect robot arms are basically a prosthetic leap forward for soldier amputees.

    And on a final note, Emotive systems is working hard at this as well. The video of AI legend Marvin Minsky moving around a virtual reality box with only his thoughts is pretty awesome.

    Never gets old.

    Comment by Patocka — June 8, 2010 @ 6:45 pm

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