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…its decisions are not entirely its own, but those of a human sitting across the table—a woman with electrodes strapped to her head. The setup detects a particular signal in her brain’s electrical activity when she sees a mistake. In real time, the woman telepathically scolds Baxter... , and the robot corrects.
“We want this to be very natural and almost seamless.” And nothing is more seamless than a robot reading your mind.
...you can expect the range of communications to diversify as the technology matures. ...“We’re also very interested in the potential for using this idea in driving,” ...“where you have passengers in an autonomous car and ...the brain waves from the passengers get used by the car to adjust its own behavior.”
originally posted by: soficrow
Mind-reading telepathic robots. Way cool.
First production versions of groundbreaking upper-limb prostheses becoming available to military amputees
DARPA launched the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program with a radical goal: gain U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for an advanced electromechanical prosthetic upper limb with near-natural control that enhances independence and improves quality of life for amputees. Less than eight years after the effort was launched, that dream of development and FDA approval became a reality.
Under a recently finalized agreement between DARPA and WRNMMC, DARPA will transfer LUKE arms from an initial production run to the medical center for prescription to patients yet to be selected. Mobius Bionics will train the WRNMMC staff on fitting the prostheses as well as provide service and support of the arms.
Th e Machine Talks Back: Sensory Feedback from Brain-Controlled Prosthetic Limbs
Since the early seventies, scientists have been developing brain-machine interfaces; the main application being the use of neural prosthesis in paralyzed patients or amputees. ...
Optical techniques key to bidirectional brain-machine interfaces
...For more than 40 years, scientists have been developing brain-machine interfaces; the main objective being neural control of prosthetic limbs in paralyzed patients or amputees. A prosthetic limb directly controlled by brain activity can partially recover the lost motor function. This is achieved by decoding neuronal activity recorded with electrodes and translating it into robotic movements.
Such systems however have limited precision due to lack of sensory feedback from the artificial limb. Neuroscientists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have been investigating the possibility of transmitting this missing sensation back to the brain by optically stimulating neural activity in the cortex. They have discovered that not only is it possible to create an artificial sensation of neuroprosthetic movements, but that the underlying learning process occurs very rapidly.