DailyDirt: Brain-Controlled Robots... And Vice Versa?

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The general population might not be ready for brain implants for mind-controlled robots, but research on brain interfaces could eliminate the invasive surgery requirements for interacting directly with brain activity -- and then everyone might be able to test drive their own thought-controlled robots. Becoming a cyborg might not appeal to everyone, but remote controlled robots that are easy to operate might be a cool toy. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.

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    Lawrence D’Oliveiro, 4 Jun 2015 @ 6:21pm

    Ultimately, The Only Really Debilitating Injury ...

    ... will be damage to the brain. Any other body part will be replaceable, but any substitute for lost brain function will really be new function, not a copy of the old.

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    Shadow Firebird, 4 Jun 2015 @ 10:56pm

    I'm with Ian M Banks on this one

    "Hi I'm from the future and we all have SHOP AT CYBERJOES FOR ALL YOUR NANO NEEDS implants now. It's brilliant."

    I don't trust google etc with my phone. I'm supposed to trust someone with my *brain*? That'll end well.

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    Stephen, 5 Jun 2015 @ 1:41am

    Scary Stuff

    A startup called Thync is working on a wearable device that could control your mood using electronic signals to cranial nerves.
    Sounds chillingly Orwellian. Dick Cheney's torturers would have loved to have access to such a device to instil fear and terror into their victims.

    And places like North Korea would doubtless have uses for it too.

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    Sl8ofHand, 5 Jun 2015 @ 5:40am

    All technologies are misused...

    Any technology can, and will, be misused by those in a position to do so for their own gain...it is a condition exacerbated by the capitalistic system in which we've trapped ourselves.

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    TotteringTim, 5 Jun 2015 @ 9:05am

    A less skeptical view

    I'm not such a huge fan of machines controlling the mind (as in Thync which was mentioned in the article). But I do think there is some value in other biofeedback devices - not only for prosthesis control. For instance biofeedback can accelerate and enhance the benefits of 'mindfulness meditation'.
    I don't know about the blood pressure monitors like Heartmath but consumer grade EEG's are coming along quickly. There is the Muse, Neurosky (dirt cheap), and Emotiv which has advanced capabilities (see the TED talk by the CEO).

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