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  • Dan Dredger wrote a new post, Monkeys Move Wheelchairs Using Just Their Thoughts 4 years, 4 months ago

    Photo credit: Screenshot from Rajangam et al, 2016
    By Tia Ghose
    Monkeys equipped with wireless brain implants were able to control robotic wheelchairs using only their thoughts, according to a new study.

    The […]

    • For me that is a deeply disturbing image. Have we actually learnt enough from this experiment to justify this ? It seems we have learnt the not particularly surprising result that tapping into the brain works better than electrodes on the scalp. I’d like to see publications like this be required to publish their ethical justifications as well and what happened to the monkeys afterwards. I’m not opposed to animal experimentation but the more intelligent the animal the more I think it needs careful justification.

      The article is here for anyone interested. I only skimmed it for information.

      http://www.nature.com/articles/srep22170#f1

    • This image is indeed deeply disturbing. Animal vivisection is unnecessary, unethical, and above all immoral. As Gandhi put it, “All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.” I know that Mr. Dawkins doesn’t monitor the news that is posted on his website, but I still cannot believe he allows his staff to advertise pro-animal experimentation articles.

    • If this is something that science is doing then it is okay that Richard’s staff post it. It is necessary to see the comments. My comment is: That image has ruined my day. I hope there is a human taking care of that monkey as if it were a child or a beloved pet. I would assume that you couldn’t get worthwhile results from something so close to human if it’s mental health was compromised (That’s me trying to make myself feel a little better before I get off to work)…