Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts. No, really.

One of the most amazing TED talks I've seen in a long time.

Can we use our brains to directly control machines -- without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the US learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people -- and maybe for all of us. (Filmed at TEDMED 2012.)

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