Terminator: I know now why you cry, but it is something I can never do.

So much about the newest and coolest robotic technology coming out these days seems centered around how to make war.  No doubt, government research agencies like DARPA play a big part as they fund much of the research in robotics.  But every once in a while, we see a cool technology that actually helps rather than seeks to harm people.

Take for instance the BrainGate neural implant that is helping those that suffer from paralasis to learn to control a robotic arm with their mind or help navigate a computer mouse around the screen so they can browse their e-mail.

This is what technology’s highest ideal should be – to help people.  I love it!

I even did some poking around to see who was funding this project, the only military funds were coming from the US department of Veteran Affairs, which I assume wants the technology to help it’s wounded veterans.

Somebody tell my inner cynic to shut up. I really want to believe in the goodness of this story.

“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

Isaiah 2:4

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