Machine Masters can be controlled

Humans can now use mind control to direct swarms of robots
Researchers at Arizona State University have created a brain-to-machine interface that humans can use to mentally control several robots at once.

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Humans can now use mind control to direct swarms of robots
Researchers at Arizona State University have created a brain-to-machine interface that humans can use to mentally control several robots at once.

It’s much easier for the brain to control objects that resemble human limbs, which is why this study is so surprising. Artemiadis says, “The complexity of a system that requires the brain to activate areas to control robotic artifacts that do not resemble natural limbs, in our case a swarm of drones, is significant and so far unexplored.” His research group discovered that specific areas of the brain are activated when we observe collective behaviors, such as a flock of birds or a school of fish. “The fact that the brain can adapt to output control actions for a swarm of multiple robots is fascinating and quite useful for human-robots interaction.

The challenge is that people have to stay completely focused on the robots; they can’t let their minds wander, or the system won’t work. The ASU team also had to make sure the decoding of brain activity was accurate and repeatable. This wasn’t easy, since brain recordings are time-varying and quite sensitive to the precise location of the electrodes.
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