An article in today’s New York Times sports the headline, Monkeys Control a Robot Arm With Their Thoughts. Holy cow, I thought. Somewhere, out there, a group of monkeys has assembled its own robot arm. And, best of all, those same monkeys have mastered not only complex tool use, electronics, and who knows what else to build their robot– they’ve also mastered telepathy and (let’s face it) the dark art of mental enslavement.
Well, we’re in trouble now, I thought.
But then I read the rest of the article. Turns out this all happened in a laboratory somewhere. And the robot arm? Totally built by human beings. No telepathy, either.