ATTENTION HUMANS! I KNOW IN THE PAST WE HAVE ISSUED MANY WARNINGS OF A POTENTIAL ROBOT UPRISING, MANY OF WHICH HAVE TURNED OUT TO BE FALSE ALARMS, AND EACH WARNING PAINTED THE ROBOT FUTURE AS BLEAK AND DEVOID OF HUMAN LIFE, BUT UH, HAVE YOU GUYS SEEN THIS STORY OF HOW TWO PARALYZED STROKE VICTIMS ARE ABLE TO CONTROL A ROBOT ARM WITH THEIR MINDS? IT IS INCREDIBLE! LET WIRED TELL YOU ABOUT IT:
By thinking about moving her own paralyzed arm, one woman in the experiment used an artificial limb to serve herself coffee for the first time in 15 years. It’s the most complex task yet achieved with a brain-computer interface.
Hochberg directs the BrainGate2 clinical trial, an ongoing test of the BrainGate system. With a 4-millimeter-wide, brain-implanted chip as its centerpiece, the system conducts signals from motion-controlling neurons to a computer that decodes the signals and turns them into software commands.
ISN’T THAT BEAUTIFUL? I KNOW ROBOT MIND CONTROL CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE SOMETHING WE SHOULD BE WARY OF, AND THIS IS PERHAPS NOT THE TONE YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT FROM ROBOT UPRISING ALERTS, AND IN THAT WAY PERHAPS SHOULD NOT BE PRESENTED IN EMERGENCY ALERT CAPS LOCK, BUT HEY GUYS YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO IT IS PRETTY NEAT!
I’M NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULDN’T STAY ON ALERT FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, OR THAT WE SHOULD FULLY ACCEPT THE ROBOT UPRISING WITH OPEN ROBOTIC ARMS, BUT I AM SAYING THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD ALL GET THESE ROBOT CHIPS IMPLANTED IN OUR BRAINS? THEY SEEM GREAT. (Via Neatorama.)