Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Chinese Scientists Experiment With Remote Control Of Animals.

Chinese scientists said they have succeeded in an experiment to remotely control the flight of a pigeon with electronic technology.

Scientists with the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center of east China's Shandong University of Science and Technology say they implanted micro electrodes in the brain of a pigeon so they can command it to fly right or left or up or down.

The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and forced the bird to comply with their commands.

It's the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world, said the chief scientist Su Xuecheng. The electronic signals resemble the signals generated by the brain which control body movement, said Su.

Su and his colleagues are improving the devices used in the experiment and hope that the technology can be put into practical use in future.

Su conducted a similar successful experiment on mice in 2005. (www.chinaview.cn)

***** I'm sure that such novel experiments will ultimately benefit human beings suffering from a vast range of neurological disorders. Trailblazing research has often led to an array of almost 'miraculous' remedies in the past and there is no reason to doubt that the future will be even better.

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3 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

Hehe..this brings to mind those awful zombie movies I used to watch as a teenager.

12:23 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous mich said...

what about these electronic signals are used to control people's mind to kill or bomb? Will human being is still regarded as a free moral agent? If someone's mind is controlled to kill, whose fault is that?
These are just the very few dark side of the implication that could happen...

4:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The potential for abuse by this technology is so great that it far outweighs whatever positive impact it might have. Such technologies should be outlawed.

8:05 PM GMT+8  

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