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If wishes were mechanically wired to the brain, even invalids could fly. That what scientific advances being made 11 laboratories around the world keep telling us, as when US scientists literally harnessed menial intentions to move mechanical objects. To build a neuronal model for translating the animal's brain signals into the movements of a robotic arm, data of neuron activity in a monkey's brain has been used, which was recorded by researchers as it played with a cursor on a computer screen. The model was then implanted in the primate so that it could control the device virtually by 'thinking' about it. It's not that this is the first time on artificial neural system of this kind was used to re-link edited brain waves back to the brain to control mechanical movement. There have been many similar experiments on rodents, chimps and even humans to prove that the technique could more...


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