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MP3 Science in the News- Controlling Machines with your Mind

Science in the News

Tejasi R.

on 20 March 2015

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Transcript of MP3 Science in the News- Controlling Machines with your Mind

Science in the News:
Imagine a World Where Humans Control Machines with Their Minds...
I read two articles which were both about a paralyzed woman- who was controlling a Fighter Jet Simulator with only her mind. In the article, there was a video of her controlling a robotic arm and eating a piece of chocolate. Scientists describe this as "One small nibble; one giant bite," because it is a large step in technological advancements.
Article One: How Jan Scheuermann Controlled a Fighter Jet Simulator With Only Her Mind
Article One talks about how a paralyzed woman, Jan Scheuermann can control a fighter jet simulator with her mind! The woman's life changed when she was selected for a project with Pittsburgh Medical University and U.S. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and she was able to control a robotic arm- with only her mind, which stunned the scientists. This robotic arm technically replaced her normal arm because she can control it with her mind with a range of complex hand movements.
Article 2: A Paralyzed Woman Flew an F-35 Fighter Jet in a Simulator-Using Only Her Mind
This article talks about the specific accomplishments that Jan Scheuermann accomplished such as feeding herself a bar of chocolate and giving a thumbs-up. It also talks about how she flew the simulator using her robotic arm and how it also worked. The director of the DARPA, Arati Prabhakar also says that is is quite an advancement for paralyzed people like Jan.
Compare and Contrast
Both talk about specifically Jan Scheuermann how she controlled the simulator and robotic arm.
Both articles were published in the month of March; not in the same year.
Controlling Machines With
Your Mind...
By: Tejasi R.

A Video of Jan Scheuermann and the Robotic Arm Machine
Article One is more recent then article two
Article One Talks more about how she controlled the machines, while Article Two described the machines themselves.
Article 1 has a video
My Overall Opinion

I found both articles mesmerizing about how Jan Scheuermann controlled the machines with her mind. But I found Article One better because it actually showed how she controlled the machines with her mind. It didn't use just words to describe it, it had a video in it too, which was very interesting.
Article One:
Costello, Kendall. "How Jan Scheuermann Controlled A Fighter Jet Simulator Using Only Her Mind." DOGOnews. DOGOnews, 16 Mar. 2015. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. http://www.dogonews.com/2015/3/16/how-jan-scheuermann-controlled-a-fighter-jet-simulator-using-only-her-mind
Article Two:
Phillip, Abby. "A Paralyzed Woman Flew an F-35 Fighter Jet in a Simulator — Using Only Her Mind." Washington Post. The Washington Post. Web. 17 Mar. 2015. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/03/03/a-paralyzed-woman-flew-a-f-35-fighter-jet-in-a-simulator-using-only-her-mind/>.
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