Here's a Switch, Robots Controlling Humans

Today Occupy Wall Street took over the sidewalks near my “peaceful” office.  In observing these derelicts, I am convinced that they, the protestors, are the problem NOT the solution. It is crystal clear to me  that mankind would be better served if some humans would abdicate their actions to robots.

A French research team at the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics (or LIRMM) has developed a technology that enables robots to control muscle activity by taping electrodes to ones skin. These electrodes send small electrical currents to a person’s limbs, similar to a frog dissection.

According to LIRMM researchers, “their goal is to develop robotic technologies that can help people suffering from paralysis and other disabilities to regain some of their motor skills.”   By jumpstarting dead muscles with electrical activity the body is re-taught movement. The technology offers promising results for paraplegics (not to mention the 99% annoyed riders on the subway).

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