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Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts

Miguel Angelo Laporta Nicolelis is a Brazilian scientist and physician, best known for his pioneering work in "reading monkey thought". Credit: TED.

Miguel Angelo Laporta Nicolelis is a Brazilian scientist and physician, best known for his pioneering work in “reading monkey thought”. Credit: TED.

TED presents Miguel Nicolelis who talks about how brains can directly control machines — without requiring a body as the middleman. He talks through an astonishing experiment, in which a clever monkey in the US learns to control a monkey avatar, and then a robot arm in Japan, purely with its thoughts. The research has big implications for quadraplegic people — and maybe for all of us.

Miguel Nicolelis: A monkey that controls a robot with its thoughts.
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