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  1. #1 The age of the Avatar cometh . . . . 
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    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.

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    Did you ever consider the possibility that Avatars are already here, and they are us?
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    Did you ever consider the possibility that Avatars are already here, and they are us?
    speak for yourself monkeyboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    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?
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache View Post
    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.
    "The efforts of the government alone will never be enough. In the end the people must choose and the people must help themselves" ~ JFK; from his famous inauguration speech (What Democrats sounded like before today's neo-Liberals hijacked that party)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Articulate_Ape View Post
    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    That's what you call your left hand now, Hot Wife?
    don't be a hater. :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    don't be a hater. :p
    Would that be a mastur-hater :eek:
    Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.
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