Thursday, May 29, 2008

Monkeys Begin Conquest of Earth

Hey, was anyone else taken aback by this headline in yesterday's New York Times?
Monkeys Control a Robot Arm With Their Thoughts
It turns out the truth is only slightly less hair-raising. The monkeys controlled a robot arm that was attached to sensors on their brain:
After several days, the monkeys needed no help. They sat stationary in a chair, repeatedly manipulating the arm with their brain to reach out and grab grapes, marshmallows and other tasty nuggets dangled in front of them.
I bet this would have really creeped out Charlton Heston.


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