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Brain Implants Help Paralyzed Monkeys Get a Grip 54

Posted by samzenpus
from the wired-reflexes dept.
sciencehabit writes "Spinal cord injuries cause paralysis because they sever crucial communication links between the brain and the muscles that move limbs. A new study with monkeys demonstrates a way to re-establish those connections. By implanting electrodes in a movement control center in the brain and wiring them up to electrodes attached to muscles in the arm, researchers restored movement to monkeys with a temporarily paralyzed hand. The work is the latest promising development in the burgeoning field of neuroprosthetics."
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Brain Implants Help Paralyzed Monkeys Get a Grip

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  • I propose (Score:5, Funny)

    by busyqth (2566075) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:12PM (#39729961)
    I think it would be a more interesting experiment to implant electrodes in one person's brain and wire them up to electrodes in another person's arm.
    • by geekoid (135745)

      This^

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I see busyqth's experiment was a success!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Ever seen the movie "Gamer"?

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      I propose we investigate who would win in a fight between these monkeys and their cyborg brethren. [bbc.co.uk]

      It may seem gratuitous, but think of how this could benefit all the disabled people who in the future will face the tough decision of whether to fight off the encroaching zombie hordes with a biological arm from the flesh vats, or with a prosthetic chainsaw.

      • by RemyBR (1158435)

        And I propose we investigate who'd win a fight between two men whose arms (and legs, maybe) were wired up to implants in eachother's brains.

    • by dudpixel (1429789)

      I lol'd - that made my day. :)

  • Imagining the hacking opportunities already: “Quit hitting yourself, Quit hitting yourself”
    • by Anonymous Coward

      In an amazing turnaround, computer geeks get to bully the muscleheads now!

  • by gstrickler (920733) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:29PM (#39730093)

    Does it work for politicians too? Most of them need to get a grip, and need a brain implant or transplant.

    • by rainmouse (1784278) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @10:18PM (#39730955)

      Does it work for politicians too? Most of them need to get a grip, and need a brain implant or transplant.

      Considering it likely the doctors had to first paralyse a large quantity of monkeys, it would be nice if the experiment could be recreated using politicians.

  • by Algae_94 (2017070) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @07:50PM (#39730249) Journal
    The monkeys were immediately able to fling shit at them once they regained movement in their hands.
    • by Nidi62 (1525137)
      Just hope they weren't also infected. The last thing we need is cyborg Rage monkeys.
      • by mcgrew (92797) *

        Cyborg rage? Is that a reference to a SF work? Because I'm a cyborg. And you'll probably be assimilated too once your natrual stuff starts failing.

  • with the best of them.
  • wasn't this basically the premise of "Interface"? when are we gonna get a radio-controlled president? oh wait - that was george bush. how did that work out?

    • Relax. He's no longer president. You can now move on with your life.
      • by geekoid (135745)

        Too bad we are still suffering from his stupidity and the greed of his party.

        • by gd2shoe (747932)

          Open your eyes. We are still suffering from the stupidity and greed of both parties.

          (They're in nearly equal proportion. People can disagree about which is worse, but it's comparing landfills to sewage treatment; neither odor is agreeable.)

  • by xstonedogx (814876) <xstonedogx@gmail.com> on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @08:53PM (#39730563)

    A pair of implants could inspire me to move my hands again too.

    • by stms (1132653)

      I thought that's what this article was about rehabilitating masterbating monkeys. What else do monkeys need to grip besides uhm... limbs and shit... and shit.

  • Well, he's not functioning the way he normally does. He seems depressed. He's lost his appetite.
    He's even curtailed his autoerotic activities.
    And we think this is directly related to the laptop with you the other day.
    So, so what do you want me to do?
    Well, frankly we'd like you to run some AV.
    Yeah, well he hacked me.
    Mr. K, he is an innocent primate.
  • "I made this half-pony, half-monkey monster to please you
    But I get the feeling that you don't like it, what's with all the screaming?
    You like monkeys, you like ponies, maybe you don't like monsters so much
    Maybe I used too many monkeys
    Isn't it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you?""

    - Jonathan Coulton, Skullcrusher Mountain
  • by GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) on Wednesday April 18, 2012 @09:37PM (#39730783)
    So we find you can control limbs with wires. How long until we control limbs that are wireless? Can a man control 8 robotic arms and be like Dr. Octopus? Can we hook electrodes to our brain, wifi to it, and wifi to a monkey, then we can control a monkey with our minds? All Twilight Zone plot lines aside, this research is really awesome. It gives hope to everyone paralyzed that they'll be able to regain movement again. This is the stuff that money should be thrown at hand over fist.
  • I guess the first use of this technology will be that at security checkpoints we will give ourselves a pat down :)
  • Well, I for one, welcome our handshaking overlords!

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