mattnyc99 writes: You may have heard the buzz last week about American interrogators using 50s-era brainwashing techniques. And we certainly got excited about a month ago when researchers got monkeys to feed themselves with a robotic arm
... controlled by their brains. But after all the recent successful experiments with brain-computer interfaces, will the technology ever make it out of the lab and into hospitals—or even our hands, for the closest thing to The Force imaginable? Popular Mechanics has an in-depth follow-up on the future of mind-machine control, looking at several theoretical applications once brains can adapt to devices via direct communication between synapse and, say, prosthetic. Quoting the field's leading neuroscientist: "For the foreseeable future, the main benefit is for rehabilitation," he says. "But the research is showing that the brain can act independently of the body. One day, you could be sitting in an office and controlling a device from across the room — or in another building. And it's not just flicking a switch. It could be a nanotool that's moving through a tiny environment, and you can control it and see what it's seeing."