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Monkeys Use Minds To Control Avatar Arms

samzenpus posted about 9 months ago | from the I-for-one-welcome-our-new-monkey-overlords dept.

Science 43

sciencehabit writes "Researchers have for the first time devised a setup that allows monkeys to control two virtual arms with their thoughts. Two monkeys had electrodes implanted into its right and left brain hemisphere, which recorded the activity of up to 500 neurons acting together—the highest number of neurons yet used in such an experiment. The animal's task was to control the movement of two avatar arms on a computer monitor: To get a fruit juice reward, it had to place both hands over two circles and hold them there for 100 milliseconds. A computer algorithm processed the monkey's brain activity, homing in on patterns of neurons firing as it learned to do the task. Both animals' performances improved over time, and the researchers noticed that their neuronal firing patterns changed as this happened, suggesting that their brains were adapting to the brain-machine interfaces. This could be because the monkeys came to consider the virtual arms as part of their own bodies, the lead researcher suggests. 'The animals literally incorporate the avatar as if the avatar was them.'"

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the next huge videogame (3, Funny)

themushroom (197365) | about 9 months ago | (#45351765)

BrainLink: Poo Fling 3000!

Fags and spics (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45351767)

Fags and spics. That is all.

He can talk.... (he can talk, he can talk) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45351769)

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Re:He can talk.... (he can talk, he can talk) (1)

laie_techie (883464) | about 9 months ago | (#45359215)

I CAN SINNNNNNNNNG

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Tougher Challenge (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45351775)

Fling poo!

Isn't that how "Surrogates" started? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 months ago | (#45351833)

[nt]

Re:Isn't that how "Surrogates" started? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352129)

I'm wouldn't be taking any chances ... encrypt the mainframe, lay the charges and pray that the phone doesn't ring.

Amazing (0, Troll)

radtea (464814) | about 9 months ago | (#45351841)

Monkeys and every other living creature with a brain uses their mind to control all kinds of things. Why is this remotely interesting to anyone?

Show me one example of anyone anywhere controlling anything without using their mind.

I'm typing this grouchy rant right now... using my mind! Is that worth getting written up on /. for?

Or could the headline actually mean, "Monkey controls something using millions of dollars of custom hardware that replaces the functions of some of its nervous system and musculature"? If that's too long, then why not: "Monkeys Move Avatar Arms With Expensive EEG Hardware"?

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45351903)

you won your food ration

Re:Amazing (5, Funny)

dmbasso (1052166) | about 9 months ago | (#45351955)

Show me one example of anyone anywhere controlling anything without using their mind.

Republicans in government? [e.g. http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/11/06/2139206/republican-proposal-puts-national-interest-requirement-on-us-science-agency [slashdot.org] ]

Re: Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45354025)

Hahaha Thank you for making my morning somehow in a better mood!

Re:Amazing (1)

Russ1642 (1087959) | about 9 months ago | (#45356531)

Good answer.

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45351991)

Clearly we should have had one of these "Mind Control Monkeys" control your arms and type something a little more monkey-like and entertaining.

Sadly, you lose the internet today.

Re:Amazing (1)

ljw1004 (764174) | about 9 months ago | (#45352305)

Why is it interesting? -- because it won't be long before the monkeys can start working as editors on Slashdot.

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45353547)

And then quality of slashdot articles may as well increase :P

Re:Amazing (1)

nightsky30 (3348843) | about 9 months ago | (#45354899)

As long as said implants don't affect memory and cause more dupes, I'm on board with the plan :)

Re:Amazing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45355031)

You're a fucking idiot, did you know that?

Re:Amazing (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 9 months ago | (#45358943)

"using my mind!"
doubtful...

If even monkeys can use it... (5, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | about 9 months ago | (#45351993)

...how long can it be until Slashdotters are reported using the avatar to get a hand job that feels like somebody else?

Re:If even monkeys can use it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352025)

Would you trust a mechanical hand to not accidentally rip off your cock? And no, I don't think they would be able to reattach it at the hospital, they'd be too busy laughing.

Re:If even monkeys can use it... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352101)

Would you trust a mechanical hand to not accidentally rip off your cock? And no, I don't think they would be able to reattach it at the hospital, they'd be too busy laughing.

Well, I trusted some meth-addict skank with like a hundred piercings and tattoos not to accidentally bite it off the other day, so why not?

Re:If even monkeys can use it... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | about 9 months ago | (#45354105)

Thanks for making me laugh so hard I think I woke up the people next door.

an oldie (2)

Falconhell (1289630) | about 9 months ago | (#45352075)

I for one welcome our 4 armed monkey overlords.

Re:an oldie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352153)

I for one welcome our 4 armed monkey overlords.

Where's Mephisto when you need him ..
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I guess.. (1)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 9 months ago | (#45352367)

That is why they used humans in the movie. If they had used monkeys, we would have had giant blue alien paraplegics.

Then again Sigourney Weaver did star in Gorillas in the Mist...

Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352387)

I remember a story just like this a year ago, except the monkey's brain was only wired to one robot arm.

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This will change the face of medicine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45352837)

Now translate 'avatar arms' into inputs of a da Vinci Surgical System and we're golden.

Go ahead Chimo, grab the cancer tumor. That's right! There's a yummy sip of juice in it for you!

We can only hope... (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 9 months ago | (#45353057)

That, when they replace the current crop of summary writers, the monkeys will be able to distinguish singular and plural.

Two monkeys had electrodes implanted into its right and left brain hemisphere...

*shudder*

(I am an editor: the shudder is real.)

Re:We can only hope... (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 9 months ago | (#45354129)

(I am an editor: the shudder is real.)

Shouldn't that be a semicolon?

Re:We can only hope... (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 9 months ago | (#45364789)

No.

Get your paws off me you dirty ape. (1)

iplayfast (166447) | about 9 months ago | (#45353685)

Monkeys Use Minds To Control Avatar Arms

Those monkeys get into everything!

The real news here (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45354581)

I think the real news here is that scientists have been working on creating arms from the movie avatar.

Chimpanzee that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45354629)

Comments, Karl?

Three monkeys and three wise men... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45354751)

Much of the research was attributed to advanced made in the WIEZMANN INSTITUTE, in israel,

the same institute which was instrumental in developing applications for POLONIUM. Yes, they cut open skulls of bipedal mammals, against their will, and shock their brains. This has been published. Why then, do some /.tters seem shocked into disbelieving that THE ISRAELIS WERE INVOLVED IN THE DEATH OF LITVINENKO, likely polonium was aquired by Goldfarb from his alma mater.

 

Cue military experiments (1)

Gibgezr (2025238) | about 9 months ago | (#45355205)

Cue military experiments involving "gun arms" in 3,2,1...

Spider Monkey (1)

Chente (9402) | about 9 months ago | (#45356503)

Just like the rest of us monkeys are going to have to learn that, "With great power comes great responsibility."

One step closer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#45356973)

One step closer to being able to punch someone in the face over the internet

what would you choose? (1)

cellocgw (617879) | about 9 months ago | (#45358277)

If you could get direct cranial links to body part avatars, which parts would you like some extras of? //thinking of 2 more ears so could hear Quadrophenia the way it's supposed to be heard :-)

Get your virtual hands off me (1)

geekoid (135745) | about 9 months ago | (#45358909)

you damn dirty ape!

We'll be fine just as long as.... (1)

EricTheGreen (223110) | about 9 months ago | (#45362723)

....none of 'em answer to the name "Caesar"....

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