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Brain Implant Lets One Monkey Control Another
LiveScience ^ | February 18, 2014 11:00am ET | Charles Q. Choi,

Posted on 02/19/2014 2:35:40 PM PST by BenLurkin

The researchers developed a brain-to-spinal-cord prosthesis that connected two adult male rhesus monkeys.

"I was inspired a little by the movie 'Avatar,'" Williams said. The main character in the 2009 sci-fi film is a paraplegic, and connects his brain to a computer that helps him control an artificial body.

The monkey that served as the master had electrodes wired into his brain, while the monkey that served as the avatar had electrodes wired into his spine. The avatar's hand was placed onto a joystick that controlled a cursor displayed on the master's screen.

The avatar monkey was sedated so that he had no control over his own body. Computers decoded the brain activity of the master monkey and relayed those signals to the spinal cord and muscles of the avatar monkey. This allowed the master to control the cursor by moving the hand of the avatar. The master received a reward of juice if he successfully moved the cursor onto a target.

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1 posted on 02/19/2014 2:35:40 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Well, we now know they will be swapping out the Manchurian chip with one of these on the next Democrat president...


2 posted on 02/19/2014 2:37:00 PM PST by GraceG
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To: BenLurkin

I have to ask why anyone would develop a thing like this, unless the goal is to have humans controlled by others, or a central power.


5 posted on 02/19/2014 2:53:01 PM PST by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: BenLurkin

That may explain that mysterious scar on 0’s head.


6 posted on 02/19/2014 2:53:54 PM PST by RetSignman
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To: BenLurkin

This explains Biden and Kerry...


7 posted on 02/19/2014 2:59:58 PM PST by wny
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To: RetSignman

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/Uh_Yeah.mp3


8 posted on 02/19/2014 3:02:43 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

The OWSIES didn’t need implants.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdyMV1AKHGg


9 posted on 02/19/2014 3:06:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin

Obama is light years ahead of this technology. He can get 47 % to do anything he says without a brain implant. I’m guessing a brain implant might be an improvement.


11 posted on 02/19/2014 3:41:28 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: I want the USA back

> I have to ask why anyone would develop a thing like this, unless the goal is to have humans controlled by others, or a central power.

And who funded it. Obvious is obvious. This isn’t for our welfare.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 3:42:47 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: BenLurkin

Is it called a TelePrompTer?


13 posted on 02/19/2014 3:50:30 PM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: I want the USA back

Well, if they can use this system to allow a brain to pass signals to the spinal cord of another organism, they could also use it to allow a brain to pass signals to the spinal cord of its own organism. So, if someone has a damaged spinal cord and is paralyzed, this might help them bypass that damage and regain some movement.


14 posted on 02/19/2014 4:04:44 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve never been so entertained by so many comments “removed by moderator”!!!

Must be a lot of Freepers thinking like me?


15 posted on 02/19/2014 4:50:10 PM PST by G Larry
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To: G Larry

I’m probably not.


16 posted on 02/19/2014 5:02:21 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

curse or blessing?


17 posted on 02/19/2014 5:04:54 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: no-to-illegals

Mad scientists in my opinion.


18 posted on 02/19/2014 5:07:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

full agreement.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 5:12:01 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: BenLurkin
Is that how he is doing it?


20 posted on 02/19/2014 5:22:30 PM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Boogieman

“Well, if they can use this system to allow a brain to pass signals to the spinal cord of another organism, they could also use it to allow a brain to pass signals to the spinal cord of its own organism. So, if someone has a damaged spinal cord and is paralyzed, this might help them bypass that damage and regain some movement.”

Thank you for a responsible comment.


21 posted on 02/19/2014 6:18:32 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: BenLurkin
"Brain Implant Lets One Monkey Control Another"


22 posted on 02/19/2014 6:23:20 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: BenLurkin

OK. I’m just gonna say it and ban me for life. But here it goes.

They’re called EBT cards.


23 posted on 02/19/2014 6:33:28 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: I want the USA back
I have to ask why anyone would develop a thing like this, unless the goal is to have humans controlled by others, or a central power.

Wiring it up may be to prove the theoretical of "Rewiring" a brain (in the case of a stroke or other severe damage) or as others have said, to jump over bad "circuitry" in spinal damage.

However it does not seem ethical to do this to two healthy monkey, or to have one drive the other (scientists could do that as well as check for signals from the brain).

The Russians created "two-headed dogs" in the 1950s (they'd live around 2 weeks before infection set in).

I think a US scientist did this with monkeys around 2001 in Cleveland.

There are others who work up designs to keep a severed head alive.

24 posted on 02/20/2014 9:05:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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