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

Can we use our brains to directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman? Miguel Nicolelis talks through an astonishing experiment, in…

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

  1. The concept is not hard to understand. If you can easily understand the technology then I assume you have at least an MEng/MSc and experience in the field of neuroscience, systems engineering, cybernetics or perhaps robotics?

  2. I met a guy who had a walker, who admitted that he could only type 83 words per minute. I can only type 45 wpm. I fail to see where anyone has any disadvantage in life, based upon their brain activity. We all have different talents and abilities. I think we should use them to their best potential.

  3. Can’t wait for a mind-controlled user interface so I can finally throw my keyboard and mouse out the window… I wonder how FPS games will change if you can target and fire guns with your eyes and mind. No more hand-eye coordination needed, just brain-eye. *Boom… so many headshots*

  4. I do not understand why he was talking about using a BMI to connect a paralyzed person to an exoskeleton. Much of the work here is done by the brain, adapting itself to the electronics they were hooking it up to. Would it not make more sense to focus on developing a relatively simple and inexpensive replacement nerve bridge to reconnect the severed spine, and let the brain do the rest? Rejection would not be any more a problem than an invasive BMI. Someone tell me what I’m missing here.

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