I’m not sure if it’s possible, but it’s a possibility.
A recent study suggests what humans have been talking about for a long time.
The researchers in the study looked at a very simple but simple task: “A person is in a room with an object and another person that is a moving object – like a toy – near by and they are talking to each other. That is, they are doing a conversation in their heads. Then, the moving object and the person nearby are moved, and they are talking about the interaction.”
The researchers did this in a very simple way: They started the motion of moving objects by moving a joystick in front of the moving object that started it. That joystick moved the moving object and the person nearby talked to the moving object.
Over time, the researchers tested the motion of objects by giving the people near the moving objects a treat so that it would make moving them a little easier. After the experiment, the study members watched how often moving objects was being activated. This is a very simple test but the results revealed that the subjects who had had a toy moved by the joystick were much less likely than the people without the toy that their own motion had made it in the mind’s eye – in other words, it took a brain to move the toy.
And it didn’t just work with robots. Researchers at Boston University found people could also use their own mind for mental actions that are not physical actions – like “thinking about a toy.”
Researchers told the BBC’s Steve Hewlett that it is “a nice example, an example of where it seems like we might be able to go a long way in studying how our brains are processing these kinds of mental operations,” said Hewlett.
The good news is that, if this does indeed turn out to be the case, then the mind is a pretty powerful tool and can do wonders in the future.
Read more in the interview with Steve Hewlett with Dr. Brian O’Leary on WIREDWorld.
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BEIJING, March 06 (Reuters) – China may ban imports of soybeans and other corn with genetically modified seeds after the Ministry of Agriculture told suppliers of these crops not to grow them in certain areas of its northernmost regions.
The announcement follows China’s ban in December of the import of corn containing a gene from the GMO corn MON810 that is designed to resist herbicides and pesticides.
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