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Links of science fiction becoming reality

Haven’t posted in a while.  Recently I was emailed a few links I wanted to share.

The first was shared by Rose, the URL is worth sharing:

“Proper science!”

Therein, the link describes efforts to equip robot monkey arms with a sense of touch:

“If you really want to create an arm that can actually be used dexterously without the enormous amount of concentration it takes without sensory feedback, you need to restore the somatosensory feedback,” explains Sliman Bensmaia, Chicago uni prof.

But the (convincing) explanation is unnecessary, for my exhiliration, anyway.  THEY ARE EQUIPPING MONKEYS WITH ROBOT ARMS.  HUMAN TRIALS ARE ANTICIPATED WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR.

We should probably reflect on the implications of this.  Even the article notes,

This research is funded by our old friends at the US military bonkers-boffinry bureau DARPA, hoping to deliver better replacement limbs for American troops injured in the Wars on Stuff.

But for today, I’m just going to enjoy it.

I decided to save the next link for a later post.

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