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Holy crap, did you just explain monkey cybernetics with a Blazing Saddles reference? You, sir, rock.

Posted by flamingbanjo | May 29, 2008 4:58 PM

And even better, the Government will eventually have a simulacrum for each of us tuned to our particular brain frequency to let them know what we're up to at any given time. Fab indeed.

Posted by Smade | May 29, 2008 5:01 PM

Has nobody clued in that this is the start of the Police State that the Red Bushies want us to be living in?

"I know what you were thinking of doing, citizen comrade!"

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Thank you, flamingbanjo. I was waiting all week to use that reference.

Posted by Jonathan Golob | May 29, 2008 6:27 PM

Your tinfoil will keep on working against this, too, Will, same as it does for the radio transmissions. Rest easy.

The Blazing Saddles reference was indeed masterful, Jonathan. Can it also be used to make the monkeys do my bidding?

Posted by elenchos | May 29, 2008 6:31 PM

Mind control is a *much* more difficult task.

To continue my metaphor, you'd need to be able to interject in the conversations between all the individual brain cells. All we can hear now is crowd roar; we don't even really understand the language the neurons use to talk with one another. Somebody needs to go back and get a shitload of microphones to even start at that task.

Still, DARPA has grants to do just that. And unlike the NSF or NIH, they're paying out. ;p

Posted by Jonathan Golob | May 29, 2008 6:38 PM


Say... the language of the crowd of neurons that we don't understand... inside the brains of a primate ... if the technology successfully transfers to human brains, which I hear they'll be working on in the next year or two... doesn't this GO AGAINST GOD?

Hasn't anybody cleared this with the simple farmers? The people of the land... The common clay of the new West? You know... morons?

Sounds like a Darwinian plot to me.

I say we use this technology only to aid injured monkeys and great apes, but going no further up the ladder than Beppo.

Posted by CP | May 29, 2008 9:49 PM

Actually, tin foil hats are useful for basic faraday shielding.

But it's best to use recycled tin foil.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 30, 2008 12:23 AM

Are these monkeys that were born without limbs or were they removed? did they already have neural pathways that were coded for movement of those limbs?

Posted by inkweary | May 30, 2008 11:46 AM

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