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All this has happened before.. - Echoes of Flavio's Ghost Dreaming
All this has happened before..
Watching some program on the Japanese NHK channel. They wire a moth's brain onto a robot and make it move as it responds to pheromones. They are talking about a flying robot 'controlled' by a fly brain.

I'm sure some of this research may end up being useful -or even very useful (for instance, for disabled people) but, boy, is it creepy.


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flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: December 19th, 2009 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure!:) It was a most excellent evening. Must do again, if you don't mind:)
From: redcountess Date: December 19th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I saw that on a piece about military robots on a current affairs type programme here, if so it's being funded by the US Military and while it may also benefit the disabled it's really not benign.
robot_mel From: robot_mel Date: December 19th, 2009 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)
I think fly's controlling robots is awesome!
zenithed From: zenithed Date: December 19th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that's pretty cool. They've been doing some crazy stuff with putting computers into rats brains lately that's creepy as hell.
omnisppot From: omnisppot Date: December 19th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC) (Link)
How do we tell the people in the white coats that enough is enough (is enough...)
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: December 19th, 2009 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Mind you, I'm in two minds about this -I'm far more wary of the current anti-science public mood than of the mad irresponsible scientist stereotype.
omnisppot From: omnisppot Date: December 19th, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, me too obviously :)
The current climate change denial problem seems to be founded on...because 10% of climatologists are sceptics, therefore scientists can't agree or be sure of anything therefore there's an equal chance they're wrong. It's such flawed logic but that's how it seems to me the public generally assesses science.
It's the same argument creationists use to to dismiss evolution.
I went out for a fag during that song at the gig. As a student I thought it was cool to have NMA guiding my ethical development as a student. 18 years on I find the negativity of "Whitecoats" a bit irritating :)
From: godgirl Date: December 20th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
how do you get nhk here?
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: December 20th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's on Freesat. There is a communal satellite dish in the building so I bought the cheapest most basic freesat box.

I don't think it is on Freeview, none of the foreign channels seem to be.
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