Monkey Thoughts >> Robot Action

I think it is interesting that at the end of the video, the researcher says “the brain was freed from the body and could act upon the world directly”. This seems like a strange thing to say. Isn’t using your body a direct way of interacting with the environment? How is controlling your body any different from controlling a robot arm? Isn’t the result(that you are acting in an environment) the same regardless?

Check out this NY Times article on the same researcher:
Monkey’s Thoughts Propel Robot, a Step That May Help Humans


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One response to “Monkey Thoughts >> Robot Action

  1. I think you make good points, though I wouldn’t read too much into that one claim from Nicolelis. The brain was freed from the body in the sense that even if the monkey’s arm were paralyzed, it could still move the robotic arm. It’s all heading toward neuroprosthetic devices.

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