Dig out your copy of Planet of the Apes or Netflix it, because monkeys are operating robots. A 12-pound monkey in North Carolina activated a 200 pound robot to walk on a treadmill using only brain activity. It was the first time this had occurred. The Duke University lab team proved that monkeys could use their thoughts to control mechanical/electronic devices.
Implications - These types of monkey experiments are what Dr. Nicolelis from Duke University calls, "The first steps toward a brain machine interface that might permit paralyzed people to walk by directing devices with their thoughts." The featured video shows how the experiment works and what the results could mean for the future.
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