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Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality 34

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-skynet-wants-us-to-think dept.
Zothecula writes "Researchers at the CNRS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory (a collaboration between France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) are developing software that allows a person to drive a robot with their thoughts alone. The technology could one day give a paralyzed patient greater autonomy through a robotic agent or avatar."
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Mind-Controlled Robot Avatars Inch Towards Reality

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  • by Anonymous Coward
    Out of control avatar murders 17 innocent people in downtown Memphis. Handicapped owner claims she is not responsible. Story at 10.
    • "the robot is simply performing a preset action"
      So the story would more likely be: Out of control avatar retrieves soft-drinks for 17 not-thirsty people.

      The avatar idea here is pretty cool, but not even the author seems to understand why they don't just cut to eye-tracking, instead of the whole: reading the patients mind to determine what they are looking at. It looks to me to be an easy way to over complicate an already difficult project.

      I wonder how disabled you have to be to get one. I mean, what if I ju

      • by Carnildo (712617)

        The avatar idea here is pretty cool, but not even the author seems to understand why they don't just cut to eye-tracking, instead of the whole: reading the patients mind to determine what they are looking at. It looks to me to be an easy way to over complicate an already difficult project.

        Eye tracking doesn't actually work that well for anything other than large-scale movements. You may think you're staring intently at that can of beer, but actually your center of focus is jumping all over the place [wikipedia.org]. With

      • by Psyborgue (699890)
        Perhaps because eye tracking could not move a remote camera (or else you could never look at anywhere but the center of the screen without indadvertedly shifting the whole image). It makes a lot of sense if you're building an avatar.
  • by aristotle-dude (626586) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @09:36PM (#41976337)
    This sounds like a rudimentary version of the robot avatars in the movie Surrogates.
    • This sounds like a rudimentary version of the robot avatars in the movie Surrogates.

      ...or in the novel Blue Remembered Earth.

    • by Nyder (754090)

      This sounds like a rudimentary version of the robot avatars in the movie Surrogates.

      I was thinking it was more like robotic version of alien surrogates in the move Avatar.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Or a big, black wheelchair in which you can communicate using one beep for yes, two beeps for no, even though somehow you can drive it around using your mind, implying a much greater nuance to your control over it, since you have to be able to go forward, backward, and varying degrees of left and/or right.

      Come to think of it, that whole "Captain Pike's chair thing" didn't make much sense.

  • This has been done before, many, many times. Every time the story breaks as if its some new technology to control things with your mind, when it really isn't anymore.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Pretty much and they are using EEG tech which is not where mind control devices should be going. They need to focus on neurons instead of the general brain activity. If they don't do that then they won't get anywhere besides wagging a tail, moving cat ears, or having 11 programmable macro keys.

  • That would be something most people might not be able to do consistently - and when someone begins to daydream?
    • by mark-t (151149)
      I would imagine roughly the same thing that happens if you begin to daydream while you might be talking. You stop.
  • by NouberNou (1105915) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:11PM (#41976587)
    Does it only work on 14 year olds with dead parents?
  • And we can tour the universe.

    • It just so happens that turning right, walking forward and then picking up a can off a table is Zeta Reticulan for 'we offer ourselves as your slaves'.
      • by sconeu (64226)

        Shouldn't that be "picking up a beeper"? If it is, you've got yourself Karel the Robot.

  • This could pretty much allow someone freedom of movement and independence of function. I imagine it could be quite bizarre though, using a robot you can see through to pick up and move around your rift wearing body, for example.

  • by Grayhand (2610049) on Tuesday November 13, 2012 @10:44PM (#41976791)
    They just need to be able to pop a beer top and open a bag of chips to be extremely useful.
  • ....Reality was a small town in Iowa. The war would begin soon.
  • avatar inches toward YOU!!!!

  • Make it fast and precise and you can replace the keyboard and mouse. I want a VR headset and a working mind reader!!!!
  • Sounds like a really bad idea to try to control a 5000lb car with your mind that can barely stay focused on one thing for more than 5 seconds It would be a lot easier to just input the destination and have your car take you there autonomously! But thats just waay too far fetched =)
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  • Are we sure that mind and brain are synonymous? That type-type mind-brain identity theory is correct?
  • I'm putting myself into one of these bodies.

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