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Going beyond many acceptable limits of science, Prof. Miguel Nicolelis of Duke university has interfaced technology to a mind that is far closer to our own. Recording from conscious and highly intelligent beings is considered as one of the last frontiers of science. Prof. Nicolelis is working on the most impenetrable part of us – our brain to read thoughts. The key to the human mind is studying some of our closest relatives; by implementing electrodes into the brain of a monkey, it is possible to eavesdrop on its thoughts. A monkey was trained to play a computer game to meet a cursor to a moving target. As the monkey controlled a joystick, Nicolelis recorded activity of hundreds of brain cells involved in making those complex movements. He then translated these biological recording into a language of computer. This now allowed him to perform an extraordinary feat, he connected the monkey’s brain to a computer that drove a robotic arm. The computer read monkey’s thoughts and moved robotic arm in exactly the same way as monkey did before. Thus Nicolelis was using thoughts of another being to control a machine. He had shown that seemingly opaque language of the brain could be read. He connected the brain of a monkey to a computer, as the monkey moved the cursor, he used the data from its brain to move a robot arm, in doing so, he has shown how the monkey’s thoughts can be read. The monkey realized that it didn’t have to move its arm to play the game, it could now control the robotic arm by thought alone. The brain finally was freed from the body and it could act upon the world directly.
Summary: A monkey’s brain was connected to a computer that read its thoughts to play a computer game.
Keywords: brain, mind, control, computer, prosthetic, arm
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