Microelectrodes, planted in the bird's brains, are used by the Chinese scientists to control the flight of the pigeons. The scientists were able to force the birds to fly left and right or up and down by mimicking the natural signals in the pigeon's brains while the electrode signals were controlled through a computer.
Implications - The chief scientist, Su Xuecheng, has declared that it is "the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world.â€ Hopefully, these action-controlling measures won't ever be used on humans. As cool as it seems, animal rights activists will probably be rallying against this. The whole mind control aspect seems like it's a plot straight out of a mad scientist novel.
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Control the Flight of a Pigeon Using Microelectrodes
- By: HobbyistMar 3, 2007 Updated: Apr 21 2011