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Hands-free: Monkey plays video game - with its brain

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the first modern video game. played one myself in an arcade in San Francisco. It's AKA 'Brickout'.

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Dangerous.

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Right. "Giving people with paralysis their digital freedom back" is dangerous. Can't wait until I can type as quickly and accurately as I can think.

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The world is changing faster than we think.

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as with (U.S.) space flight, the monkeys got there first...

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LagunaToday  02:37 pm JST

Right. "Giving people with paralysis their digital freedom back" is dangerous. Can't wait until I can type as quickly and accurately as I can think.

Things like this will always be used for evil.

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Things like this will always be used for evil.

Yes, Peter - things like this might be used for evil, just as the Internet is. But try to imagine life without the Internet, and try to imagine a person who is physically immobile able to access that world.

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Strike me as unnecessary animal cruelty.

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The proverb even monkeys can do it in true after all.

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This technology is not new. BCI became prominent in the 1980s with monkeys controlling robotic arms by way of brain implants connecting into motor neurons. But these are very invasive techniques

The real innovation would be to achieve very accurate control using non-invasive techniques that can read fluctuations in brain wave patterns and control devices in our surrounding environment

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Things like this will always be used for evil.

Just like all technology can. After all, computers were used for ballistic calculations. Smaller and smaller transistors were used in military apps, smart phones are primarily personal tracking devices for evil purposes.

Strike me as unnecessary animal cruelty.

Humans are 99% the same DNA as chimpanzees. I believe they are thinking, feeling, creatures, just like us. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2012/06/bonobos-join-chimps-closest-human-relatives Our skulls don't have many pain receptors. I've read that brain surgery is often performed under local anesthesia only so the patient is awake during it. Not sure how cruel that is - besides using pong as the game played. Talk about boring. On the Atari 2600, pong was controlled with a wheel, not a joystick. OTOH, Yars Revenge was totally addictive - and I don't know why.

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So I just watched a monkey drinking a banana smoothie through a metal straw while some random person played Pong remotely. Totally believable....

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“Monkey Tennis?”

”There is to be no second series.”

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Experts and academics remain cautious about his vision of symbiotically merging minds with super-powered computing.

Experts and academics...and everyone else!!

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