Re: Those Darned Extropians at it again?

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Thu Jan 31 2002 - 17:38:14 MST

Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Randy Smith wrote:
> > From
> >
> >
> >>>
> > - It may seem like science fiction, but scientists say they have
> > developed a technology that enables a monkey to move a cursor on a
> > computer screen simply by thinking about it.
> >
> >>>
> >
> > If it ain't one thing, it's another..if they ain't freezing their heads,
> > they's a-going off and volunteering for all kinda freaky medical
> > exper-i-ments....
> > Those darned extropians...lemme guess, this is one a them darned
> > "Libertarian" Extropians...
> >
> I read that article carefully. At no point did it say that monkey was
> Extropian. It didn't say the monkey was a volunteer, either.

Assuming the monkey had the imagination to grasp the concept of
inventing such a thing ahead of time. I'm sure that there are thousands
of monkeys in zoos around the world who are bored stiff and would love
to have an implant that would allow them to change the channel or play
video games on the TVs that they have access to.

I recall seeing a very sad gorilla in a zoo once who had no stimulus
other than to stare at the idiot box on the same channel day in and day
out. I'm sure if he/she was sign language trained, they would have loved
the idea of being able to change the channel with their mind.

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