Telekinetic monkeys and revolutionary prehensile prosthetics

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The brain-machine interface is one of the next major steps in technology. I had the privilege to study Neuroscience at UCLA and can say with certainty that we’re nowhere near a practical application for a number of reasons, but the amount of brainpower being devoted to the subject is so great that we’re making great strides year by year. We’re miniaturizing and automating microelectrodes, we’re creating serviceable bionic eyes, and now we’re making prosthetics that begin to approach our original limbs in strength and dexterity. And who’s behind it? Dean Kamen, of course, who has done a lot more than make an expensive scooter if you’re not aware.

Oh and in case you missed it, in similar news they have some monkeys controlling robot arms with their minds. Hello, end of humanity!

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