Technology blogger Robert Scoble attended the World Economic Forum at Davos, and made quite a few video recordings of the conversations he had with various people while he was there, which he has uploaded to Qik.
In this film, Scoble talks to the Brazilian neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis, who discussed his recent experiments in which a monkey with a brain-computer interface implanted into its motor cortex controlled the movements of a robot that was located more than 7,000 miles away.
Nicolelis presented his results during a session called Redefining the limits of the human body, which included Emory Brown, a computational neuroscientist at MIT, and Hugh Herr, the director of MIT’s Biomechatronics Group. In this 14-minute film, Scoble talks to Brown, Herr, and Cynthia Breazeal, who heads the Personal Robotics Group (also at MIT).
The World Economic Forum YouTube channel includes videos of talks given by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Afghani President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Bill Gates, Bono, and so on. Unfortunately, none of the science sessions are available.
(Nicolelis is also spearheading an initiative to “establish scientific institutes across Brazil…[as a means] of distributing the intellectual and economic fruits of science.” He explains the initiative in this Scientific American web feature, and discusses it, and his recent BCI research, with SciAm editor Christine Soares in this podcast interview. Soares has also written an article about the initiative fro the February issue of the magazine.)