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“Human-machine mergers promising, but reality yet to live up to hype”

CBC News interviews UW CSE’s Raj Rao:  “Reasoning that fine muscle control is a difficult problem, University of Washington researchers are taking a different tack. The Neural Systems Group is experimenting with a small humanoid robot controlled by sensors worn outside the head. Because the robot has intelligence of its own, ‘when you tell it to pick up an object you don’t have to tell it how to move its hand,’ says Rajesh Rao, associate professor of computer science and engineering. So imprecise signals from many neurons — detectable without an invasive implant — are enough.”

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May 31, 2010