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Off-topic: Monkey powered robots will rule the world someday soon

Monkeys don't get enough credit for their impact on the blogosphere.

Just when I thought that there was no real news left in the world, the NY Times swoops in with this report about monkeys moving artificial arms as their own.

Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday.

The new experiment goes a step further. In it, the monkeys' brains seem to have adopted the mechanical appendage as their own, refining its movement as it interacted with real objects in real time. The monkeys had their own arms gently restrained while they learned to use the added one.

I can finally begin to assemble the monkey army of my dreams.