Today I came a across an article that really caught my attention: Monkeys grab and feel virtual objects with thoughts alone ( and what this means for the World Cup). The text was about a scientist at Duke University named Miguel Nicolelis who has created an electrode powered headset that allows monkeys to move a virtual arm with their thoughts. The virtual arm allows the monkey to not only grab objects but feel them as well. Nicolelis has big plans for this invention. He hopes to further improve it and one day develop the same thing for humans. His far fetch goal is to see a quadriplegic man be able to control his four prosthetic limbs with his brain and deliver the opening kick in the 2014 World Cup. However for now, he’s going to continue experimenting with monkeys. I enjoy the idea of making it so people who have missing limbs can still move but I’m not comfortable with the fact the he’s experimenting on monkeys. I guess I’m a little skeptical after seeing “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. I just wasn’t comfortable with the fact that by first testing on animals we’re giving them the abilities and knowledge that humans have yet to posses. The Bible says that humans were given the dominion over the animals so yeah we can test on them but by doing tests such as this I feel like we’re giving them dominion over us.
What do you guys think about this invention? How do you feel about Animal testing? What some other ways we could test?