My son, Alexander, and I are commuting now in the mornings down to Oklahoma City so he can attend Classen SAS. The drive is about 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic, and last week we discussed that we should listen to a book on tape or some podcasts on our commutes. This morning we listened to the May 2008 episode of Science Friday, “Monkey’s Thoughts Move Robot Arm.” This isn’t “new” news, it’s over a year old, but we hadn’t heard about this or seen the accompanying video. Unfortunately embed code is not provided, but the following January 2007 BBC video (“Brain control-Monkey”) is available on YouTube and gives more background on the type of experiments and breakthroughs featured in these news programs.
According to the May 2008 New York Times article, “Monkeys Think, Moving Artificial Arm as Own:”
Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday.
The report, released online by the journal Nature, is the most striking demonstration to date of brain-machine interface technology. Scientists expect that technology will eventually allow people with spinal cord injuries and other paralyzing conditions to gain more control over their lives.
The findings suggest that brain-controlled prosthetics, while not practical, are at least technically within reach.
Isn’t this AMAZING? Hearing about this work makes me wish we had opportunities to learn about lego robotics, pico crickets, Scratch, and other programming / robotics related technologies in our schools and communities. We do have three organizations focused on high school robotics competitions here in Oklahoma, but I’m not aware of robotics learning opportunities for elementary or middle school aged students. Even our local Oklahoma City lego store staff were not aware of any opportunities to learn about lego robotics here. What’s up with that?!
Our learning moments about neuroscience and robotics this morning in the car on the way to school underlines the benefit of subscribing to a diverse array of compelling podcasts, so interesting content is always just a click away on an iPhone or iPod Touch when you want it! It also demonstrates how valuable it can be to have a personal, mobile, media player! I still keep all my feeds cross-loaded in PodNova as well as my local iTunes client for backup purposes. If you’re interested, my podcast subscription OMPL file is available. It doesn’t appear that the feeds are updating within Podnova, however, so I’m not sure what’s going on with that. I wish iTunes made it easier to share podcasts to which a person is subscribed and likes, similar to the way NetFlix or GoodReads does.
Do you know of a website besides PodNova which is setup to easily facilitate the sharing of favorite podcast subscriptions? I’d want something which either has ZERO advertising or a minimal amount. There are plenty of podcasting directories out there, but I’m looking for something like the NetFlix Friends portal area.
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