This is Too Cool

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Monique

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Although nice, not completely accurate:

Scientists in North Carolina have built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts, marking the first time that mental intentions have been harnessed to move a mechanical object.
About three years ago I saw someone fly an airplane (in a simulator) with electrodes attached to her head, this was a lay-person hosting a scientific technology television program.
 
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That happened a few months back, actually.
 

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There is an intriguing fiction book about it called "Day of the Cheetah" where a guy interfaces in a literal sense with his airplane - two way communication, not just one-way control.
 
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The dude with the first arm transplant complained afterward that he wished he never had the procedure.
 

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Originally posted by Monique
Although nice, not completely accurate:
Well, technically this was the first mechanism controlled.

About three years ago I saw someone fly an airplane (in a simulator) with electrodes attached to her head, this was a lay-person hosting a scientific technology television program.
I saw something like this many years ago where a military pilot was training on a mind controlled computer game. He had to change from Alpha to Beta [or Theta] wave dominance to steer right or left.
 

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Originally posted by Ivan Seeking
Well, technically this was the first mechanism controlled.



I saw something like this many years ago where a military pilot was training on a mind controlled computer game. He had to change from Alpha to Beta [or Theta] wave dominance to steer right or left.
I've also seen a slalom skiing videogame in which the player makes the skier turn by switching from right brain two left brain neural activity.
 

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Yes, in the documentary they were saying that this could lead to a new definition of multi-tasking.. flying the airplane with your hands, controlling the machine gun with the mind.. ultrafast response.. we need a lot of adapting to do in order to do such a thing.. or might it be childsplay when introduced at a young age? I guess so... gives new meaning to playing mindgames...
 

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Originally posted by Monique
...gives new meaning to playing mindgames...
That's good.
 
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How will the brain evolve, and what primitive areas of it will we utilize with the advent of mind control? Shall some people become more adept and form a privilaged caste (shades of original Star Trek?) in their new talent, and will deep regions of the brain come to conscious action?

Monique-Lisa, completing the square!
 

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