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Human Thoughts Control a Robot

Credit: 20th Century Fox (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

The ability to read minds and control computers with our thoughts has advanced significantly in recent years.

Another step forward this week: Engineers at the Honda Research Institute have created a special helmet that reads — crudely anyway — brain activity, and then moves the arms and legs of Asimo, the humanoid robot. A similar setup was revealed in 2006 at the University of Washington, actually. And also that year, scientists first fused brain cells with computer chips.

Where's all this headed? A grand merger of humans and robots, some believe. Meanwhile, beyond vacuuming your floor for you, humanoid robots are very much in their infancy.

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