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Topics: Monkey, Robots

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

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Monkey Trekkie is now working on controlling an entire robot called Johnny on the Spot with his thoughts

At a major American robotics research facility, an amazing breakthrough was announced. A monkey in their brain operated robotics department has learned to manipulate a robot arm just by thinking about the movement of the mechanical appendage.

Dr R. Toohey De Toohey, lead researcher, has written about the phenomenal discovery in the Journal of Monkeying Around with Robotics.

The article details the monkey's progress from lifting a cup to bringing it to its mouth and then after months of practice tipping the cup for a drink. The clever primate learned to open doors and manipulate dials and switches just by thinking about it.

Lab tech and grad student Bubbles La Rue gave an exclusive interview to TheSpoof.com. She could not have been more enthusiastic about the monkey's learning curve: "That chimp was the perfect choice for the experiment. He learns so fast and has a great deal of imagination. Sometimes I call him Trekkie because he can make that arm go where no man has ever gone before. It's like he can read my mind! I'll be thinking about a certain something and before I know it the robotic arm is there, Johnny on the Spot. Gee Whiz, I wish I had this job years ago!"

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