Just when you thought the cautionary ending of Battlestar Galactica was too hokey comes word from japan scientists have developed a device that can translate simple thoughts into instructions for a robot:
Opening a car trunk or controlling a home air conditioner could become just a wish away with Honda's new technology that connects thoughts inside a brain with robotics.All right, so it is a long way from a slave race of robots developing self-determination and a sense of social justice over time, but do consider what such technology could eventually lead to. how much do you trust a warped mind controlling a robot? The military applications alone, which I imagine many would find appealing at first glance because of the lack of our boys getting killed, are chilling.
Honda Motor Co. has developed a way to read patterns of electric currents on a person's scalp as well as changes in cerebral blood flow when a person thinks about four simple movements—moving the right hand, moving the left hand, running and eating.
Honda succeeded in analyzing such thought patterns, and then relaying them as wireless commands for Asimo, its human-shaped robot.
Yes, I know. I always see things through cynical lenses. These robots could help the handicapped, rescue people from hard to reach environments, etc. Remember how many tragedies have been excused with a, "It sounded like a good idea at the time."