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Michael Gilligan21/01/2022 07:33:46
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Heaven only knows how this topic will develop … but I recommend viewing this short video, which was featured this morning on BBC Science Focus
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A robot arm, a machine-learning algorithm and a brain-computer interface have been combined to create a means to help tetraplegic patients (those who can’t move their upper or lower body) interact with their world. While this isn’t the first time a brain interface has been used to control a robot, it has taken the technology a step further by estimating and understanding brain signals without input from the patient.

This research was completed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institue of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).”

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Edited By Michael Gilligan on 21/01/2022 07:35:49

Farmboy21/01/2022 10:25:37
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I can't decide whether human/robot integration is a 'good thing' but it is going to continue to develop whether we like it or not. I am fascinated by the technology but apprehensive about the outcomes. Helping people with disabilities or injuries is perhaps the best use of this technology but there are numerous ways it might be used by those with evil intent. One of the more disturbing thoughts is the likelihood that the brain-computer interface will become 2-way.

In Isaac Asimov's sci-fi universe the robots and associated technology are largely benign and for the benefit of humans. In the real world I suspect this may not always be the case.

Mike.

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