TED Talks – A Monkey that Controls a Robot With its Thoughts.

Left Field, Movies/TV

There is nothing I can come up with that is better than that title.

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.