bionic monkey!

io9 makes me smile a lot, sometimes.

Here’s an article about a monkey implanted with a device that interfaces its thoughts to an advanced mechanical arm. The monkey pushes a button and a black block is positioned arbitrarily somewhere in front of the arm. The monkey then gets a yummy reward of juice when he touches the block with the arm. Pavlovian conditioning is pretty sweet! The bionics stuff is kinda neat too.

http://io9.com/5553917/what-it-looks-like-when-a-monkey-controls-an-advanced-robotic-arm-with-his-mind

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