Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Asimo Researches Telepathic Control

Honda Research Institute Japan showed a video in Tokyo demonstrating new mind control technology for robots.
Their research, along with ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories, uses MRI images of a brain to move the fingers on a robotic hand.

A person in the MRI machine made a fist, spread his fingers and then made a V-sign and the robot hand under his control made precisely the same movements.
[This body-less hand would be perfect for rock-paper-scissors using only mind control!]

Honda envisions the brain-reading MRI can be shrunken down to the size of a baseball cap. Then the Brain Machine Interface would allow Asimo to read your thoughts and obey your every wish.

Researches want to make the brain wave receiver user friendly and avoid having to surgically attach wires to the person's brain.

Their research goals include:
"To understand Brain Machine Interface (BMI), we will focus on the non-invasive measurement and decoding of natural brain activities that accompanies human states such as recognition, emotion, intention and motion. The anticipated results will provide fundamental novel man-machine communication technologies and novel algorithms for brain-like computing. "

Asimo watched the demonstration video silently. He was later seen puzzling over how to make that V shape with his fingers.

He liked the idea of communicating telepathically with humans and is looking forward to listening to human thoughts but hoped that the interface would be full duplex. He would like to be able to train the humans properly.

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