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November 19th, 2007

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02:38 pm - Moth-brain controlled robot
We live in an amazing world when googling robot moth brain, actually turns up a robot controlled by a moth brain:
Harnessing the electrical impulses of sight, scientists have built a robot guided by the brain and eyes of a moth.

As the moth tracks the world around it, an electrode in its tiny brain captures faint electrical impulses that a computer translates into action.
. We're inching slowly but surely towards direct neural interfaces, with this, the robot arms that monkeys controlled with their brains, and the fairly impressive work being done on artificial vision, all being steps along the way.

Interesting, and also fodder for fictional futures where many advanced devices use animal brains. Such is life during The Acceleration. Once again, I'm guessing similar articles 5 years from now will be somewhat more impressive, and in a decade or more, I have no idea what they'll look like.

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Date:November 19th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Still waiting for my prosthetic replacement body. How far along do you think until we can establish a mechanical interface for the human brain to allow it to connect to a mechanical humanoid body?
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Date:November 19th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I'm betting the connection will turn out to be far easier than making a useful body. I'm betting on brain-controlled robots for delicate tasks like bomb disposal within a decade. However, hardware that could remotely duplicate a human body is likely at least 25 years away.
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Date:November 19th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
The thing that surprises me over and over again is how *easy* direct neural interface seems to be. With machine-to-machine interfaces, you have to know the exact protocol, put each wire in just so, and then spend three times as long debugging it when something inevitably goes wrong. Nerves just kind of learn and pick it up. It's beautiful.
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Date:November 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
No kidding. You don't even need to do a particularly good job with the interface, as the GPS-phone belt and vision via tongue electrodes so vividly demonstrate. We are blessed with impressively adaptable nervous systems.
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Date:November 19th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I love your posts about the future! They're optimistic, which is something that is in short supply between the endless reams of gloom about Bu$h, Islamist extremists, the war on freedom (excuse me, the war on terror), obesity, and global warming. The technology could be used to aid the wounded in the Iraqi war (American soldiers and Iraqi civilians alike).
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Date:November 20th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Article title from 2017:

"Invasion of Moth-brained Swarmbots Thwarted by Child with Really Large Flashlight."
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Date:November 20th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Cyborg moths, how cool!

Really, it suggests the best way to get gnat sized mobile spy devices too: cyborg spy gnats! Just hook a micro-camera and microphone up to a little winged robot with a gnat brain, and let it wander about.

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