When I hear about “more” advanced robots, I think about technology that’s going to allow me to ride a bot around town. But a French research team from Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics decided to turn this idea upside down. Instead of giving us the power to control bots, they gave the bots the power to control US.
You read that right, these robots can control us now. The technology is currently being developed as part of Project Assist. This project has one simple goal, to ultimately give researchers and other scientist the ability to create robots that will assist quadriplegic people move around their environment with ease. I can clearly see where and how this would be beneficial for society, but at the same time, this is a creepy type of technology.
In the experiment from the video I listed above, the robot was given the goal to transfer a ball from a human arm through a basketball hoop. The team attached electronic sensors and electrodes into a human test subject. The robot then “took over” the human arm by sending electric shock signals to the arm. The robot was able to fully control the human arm into surrendering the basketball.
When the robot performed the task for the IEEE – International Conference of Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) – they just “gasped” at what they were seeing. They of coursed had hundreds of questions, one even asked if the procedure was safe and if the procedure was uncomfortable for the test subject, the lead researcher – Bruno Vilhena Adorno – Said eh “you get used to it” which leads me to believe that this is the beginning of the end… Adorno is clearly already under Robotic Control.