1.11.2006

Frontier of the Man Machine Interface
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If you recall last year one of the top stories in science was the report of an experiment where researchers convinced a rhesus monkey that an articifical limb or robotic arm was in fact its own appendage - and the monkey learned to manipulate the arm simply by 'thinking'.

One of the researchers is now at UC-Berkeley and hopes to tackle even greater challenges in the future, such as bringing this capability to those who have suffered strokes or are incapacitated. Think, for example, of Steven Hawking being given robotic appendages. He could then proceed without any difficulties.
Here's an article from Berkeley Lab Notes that discusses it. Where does it lead? That's up to your imagination and ingenuity.



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