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VIDEO: Robot Controls Human Arm Using Electrodes

For quite some time now humans have been creating machines and robots to control for their own purposes, but now things are about to get excitingly weird. Thanks to a research team at the French Institute Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics, the robots of the future may be the ones controlling us.

As robot apocalypse-y as that may sound, the research team actually has much more positive goals in mind. The technology is being developed under Project Assist, which is aimed at finding ways to assist in the daily lives of quadriplegic patients. In the experiment depicted in the video above, the team attached four electrodes to the arms of five different test subjects.

A humanoid robot designed by Fujitsu then took over the test subject's arm by using electrical stimulation. The end result showed the robot was capable of establishing its goal of moving a ball from a human's hand through the hoop attached to the robot's arm. Although some people may question the safety of such techniques, lead researcher Bruno Vilhena Adorno explained, "You get used to it."

Assuming the technology really is safe for long term use, this could be a major breakthrough for disabled people. Of course that is until the robots acquire a thirst for human blood and make us all kill each other. For more information on the experiment, head on over to IEEE's article here.