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MIT Has Built a robot with human reflexes and powered by a human brain

Researchers from MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed an interface that takes advantage of a human's split-second reflexes allowing a humanoid to maintain its balance and complete tasks.

Watching the video at this link will immediately bring to mind many disaster recovery/assistance scenarios and use cases that these robots can be controlled in. They hold great potential of saving lives.

The real power of these robot is that a human brain is controlling it.

But watching them hold and use large axes and punch through walls also brings to mind nightmare scenarios where bad humans might one day control these in attacks against good humans.

 

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder and partner at Cognitio Corp and publsher of CTOvision.com