Quadriplegic Woman Flies F-35 With Nothing But Her Thoughts

by Rachel Baker on March 5, 2015

This is truly awesome! …and scary as hell if you consider what the implications of something like this being in “wrong” hands.

Here’s the Article: Quadriplegic woman flies F-35 with nothing but her thoughts

Scheuermann—who is quadriplegic because of an hereditary genetic disease—was recruited by DARPA for its robotics programs. Scientists and doctors implanted electrodes in the left motor cortex of her brain in 2012 to allow her to control a robotic arm, which she did successfully. But she’s not using the robotic arms to control the joystick in the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II simulator used for the tests. She is controlling the plane with “nothing but her thoughts,” according to Prabhakar, pure neural signaling:

“Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they’re driving this thing, Jan’s thinking about controlling the airplane directly. For someone who’s never flown—she’s not a pilot in real life—she’s flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling.”

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