Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they're driving this thing, Jan's thinking about controlling the airplane directly. For someone who's never flown—she's not a pilot in real life—she's flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling.
Prabhakar, who made the announcement at the first Future of War conference, celebrated last week in Washington, expressed some concern about the future applications of this technology, which was initially created to enable soldiers and people affected by motor problems, extending their bodies using robotic parts:
In doing this work, we've also opened this door. We can now see a future where we can free the brain from the limitations of the human body and I think we can all imagine amazing good things and amazing potential bad things that are on the other side of that door.
I can't see the "bad potential" of this overweighting the good potential. Sure, we can use machine mind control to remotely control killing robot soldiers on the field, but we can already do that just like we control drones.
What I can see is an incredible breakthrough that will one day enable people with motor problems to overcome whatever limitations they have. If DARPA has achieved what Prabhakar is talking about, this is an amazing breakthrough for the seamless integration of robotics and humans—and a giant leap towards the singularity.
source: gizmodo.com by Jesus Diaz