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The inner workings of the brain can now be read using low cost hardware
You don't have to be a Jedi to make things move with your mind.
Granted, we may not be able to lift a spaceship out of a swamp like Yoda does in The Empire Strikes Back, but it is possible to steer a model car, drive a wheelchair and control a robotic exoskeleton with just your thoughts.
They are not the same as lasers in a fibre optic cable or electrons in a microprocessor, and tapping the mind will raise philosophical and ethical questions, according to Prof Noel Sharkey.
"Once the military get a hold of it, they will push it very hard," he explains.
"At the moment they are filling the airspace in Afghanistan with drones that only one person can control - but if they get the helmets well enough developed, they'll be able to control a number of planes or robot warriors directly with their thoughts."
"Imagine some kind of a wireless computer device in your head that you'll use for mind control - what if people hacked into that, what could they do to you and your property?," continues Prof Sharkey.
"And what if you are forced to wear a device and someone controls you with his thoughts, making you do things?..."
Originally posted by Druid42
Your Jedi link in the title caught my eye. Interesting perspective.
I have a very hard time with the "indestructible robots" part. That's juicing things a bit. Robot will still be made out of metal, or titanium, or whatever, but an RPG, Landmine, or, wait for it.....EMP pulse could still take them out.
If the military devises indestructible robots, an EMP will work everytime.
The rest, research and continue....