Neuroprosthetic enables monkey to activate paralyzed muscles

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9 Responses to “Neuroprosthetic enables monkey to activate paralyzed muscles”

  1. Strangepork says:

    Isn’t that most of who in on the internet?

    Now where’s my applesauce?

  2. fnc says:

    In conclusion, monkeys will make use of any technological means available to acquire applesauce. Sometimes science gives us some truly fascinating insights.

  3. Takuan says:

    I’m glad they are doing this. One day a child will see a picture of a wheelchair and say: “What’s that?”

  4. Anonymous says:

    This has been going on since the eighties. It has been used on human patients with paralyzed legs in addition to animal experimentation.

    The problems that this study had not intention of fixing:

    1:You have to implant electrodes in someone’s brain.
    2:They have to wear electrodes on their legs.

    3: Putting a lot of voltage into someone’s quadriceps and hamstring means their leg will jerk up and if you are really careful, maybe they can stand. It does not mean that they will be able to retain their balance, which requires a huge number of muscles in the back, buttocks, and legs.

    If you think about moving around a mouse, which is about the capability of current brain-interface hardware, you have three degrees of freedom, up and down, left and right, click and not click.

    In order to stand up a human being you need about fifteen degrees of freedom. Since you learned it when you were ~1 year old, you probably don’t even think about it.

    Human-brain interface = fantasy novel.

  5. Eminence says:

    i love science

  6. Mackenzie says:

    i’d rather carry an RFID card.

  7. Egypt Urnash says:

    This is awesome. Yet another step along the way to prostheses with the same finesse of motion as natural limbs; another step towards extending ourselves beyond the flesh.

  8. Modusoperandi says:

    In exchange for a reward of applesauce…

    If only that applied to non-monkey cyborg things.

    Takuan “One day a child will see a picture of a wheelchair and say: ‘What’s that?’”
    One day, hopefully… Coming before that, unfortunately, there will be the poor kid in the wheelchair looking at the rich kid walking around, saying much the same thing. Also, there is and will continue to be the third world kid on the floor, looking at both them and saying that.

    In exchange for a reward of applesauce…

    I typed that again for no reason whatsoever, other than the fact that the phrase amuses me deep down in my giggle place.

  9. Takuan says:

    “the researchers used anesthesia to block signals in a nerve just below the shoulder of a monkey’s arm, temporarily paralyzing the rest of the limb.”

    Pah! In my day we’d have had the limb off toot sweet! I don’t know, these poncy new-agers call themselves scientists! I’ll wager not one of them has a proper bone saw in his kit! Bloody milquetoast wowsers the lot of thm! (retires muttering with glass of crusted port and starts fumbling in gorilla head humidor for cigar)

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