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PoliCon
12-12-2010, 12:25 PM
Remote Controlled Mice Today, Remote Controlled Humans Tomorrow

Remote Controlled Mice Today, Remote Controlled Humans TomorrowYou may not have to wait until the year 2154 for your own remote-controlled body. Mark Stephen Meadows discusses wetware technology and how the science-fiction of Avatar is quickly becoming science fact.

During a radio interview in December of 2009, I was asked, "Do you think the vision of Avatar is something we'll see in the future?" I paused for a second and made my Jake Sully wish list. What do we need to make Avatar happen, roughly?
First is data transfer; you have to be able to drive the system at a distance. The myoelectrics and BMIs can work locally, and we've also seen that they can work at a distance. So, remote control; we've seen the U.S. Army driving UAVs this way. Check.
Second is output. You have to think to affect the interface. You'll be lying down in a tank and you'll be rigged up to some kind of myoelectric or BMI (or combination thereof) interface. We've seen Cyberdyne and Honda both driving robots this way. Check.
Third is input. Pumping the arms and legs is one thing, but there's a bigger trick of moving sensory data into your head. Moving data into your little vampire-coffin isn't the problem, but getting visual data into your eye could be. We've learned a bit about retinal implants and cochlear implants functioning today, so it seems that visual or auditory information could be converted from analog to digital, or vice versa, and could be sent into and out of the brain. Now, whether we end up having to break the skin to get it there is another question, but with that magic 144 years of future stirred in, let's call it a check. So those are the outlines for a remote neuroprosthetic.
Fourth is the system-the avatar itself.

CONTINUED (http://gizmodo.com/5708415/todays-rc-mice-are-tomorrows-avatars)

Articulate_Ape
12-12-2010, 02:43 PM
Did you ever consider the possibility that Avatars are already here, and they are us?

PoliCon
12-12-2010, 06:20 PM
Did you ever consider the possibility that Avatars are already here, and they are us?
speak for yourself monkeyboy

Articulate_Ape
12-12-2010, 06:24 PM
speak for yourself monkeyboy

I posed a question, and that is your answer? Unlike you, I always speak for myself alone, not the masses. :p

Let me rephrase my question: Have you ever considered the possibility that such "Avatars" are already here, and they are us?

Apache
12-12-2010, 06:56 PM
I posed a question, and that is your answer? Unlike you, I always speak for myself alone, not the masses. :p

Let me rephrase my question: Have you ever considered the possibility that such "Avatars" are already here, and they are us?

TWO poli's?:eek:



Go sit in the corner, until you can play nice :p

Articulate_Ape
12-12-2010, 07:04 PM
TWO poli's?:eek:



Go sit in the corner, until you can play nice :p

The REAL Poli is polliwog in a high-tech aquarium called the BX173-YW BLARGABARGY-LOL. Don't tell him, it's a secret....

Shit.

PoliCon
12-12-2010, 07:19 PM
I posed a question, and that is your answer? Unlike you, I always speak for myself alone, not the masses. :p

Let me rephrase my question: Have you ever considered the possibility that such "Avatars" are already here, and they are us?

You may have a point. I am pretty damn good looking and I have a hot wife . . . . OMG! :eek: I am an avatar!

Rockntractor
12-12-2010, 07:23 PM
You may have a point. I am pretty damn good looking and I have a hot wife . . . . OMG! :eek: I am an avatar!

That's what you call your left hand now, Hot Wife?:confused:

PoliCon
12-12-2010, 07:29 PM
That's what you call your left hand now, Hot Wife?:confused:

don't be a hater. :p

Apache
12-12-2010, 07:31 PM
don't be a hater. :p

Would that be a mastur-hater :eek:

Rockntractor
12-12-2010, 07:31 PM
don't be a hater. :p

You should get her a new leather jacket, Amazon has some nice lambskin gloves on sale!

PoliCon
12-12-2010, 07:39 PM
You should get her a new leather jacket, Amazon has some nice lambskin gloves on sale!

Actually - I got her jewelry this year. Garnets and sapphires.

Rockntractor
12-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Actually - I got her jewelry this year. Garnets and sapphires.

Got a pic of them, I need to get my wife something yet.

Articulate_Ape
12-12-2010, 07:45 PM
Got a pic of them, I need to get my wife something yet.

Give him a minute. He has to rez them from his inventory.

NJCardFan
12-12-2010, 10:16 PM
Did you ever consider the possibility that Avatars are already here, and they are us?

Then I need to kick somebody's ass.

PoliCon
12-13-2010, 12:42 AM
Got a pic of them, I need to get my wife something yet.

they're already wrapped and in the safe so no.

Articulate_Ape
12-13-2010, 02:33 PM
Then I need to kick somebody's ass.

:D