Old Movie, and New Science

Clint Eastwood, mostly known for his Spaghetti Westerns, and his “Make my day” Dirty Harry movies, also made a movie a while back about being able to manipulate the weapons systems of a Soviet jet with brain waves. Firefox, I don’t recall it being a blockbuster of any sorts, but I saw it at some point, every fan of Eastwood probably did… At any rate, as far as I know, the ability to operate systems in a jet via brain waves, was pretty much the realm of science fiction.

Browsing Science Daily this morning, I see a story about flying a toy helicopter, directed by guess what? Yep, brain waves. 

A Professor Bin He, from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering said, and I quote: “Our study shows that for the first time, humans are able to control the flight of flying robots using just their thoughts, sensed from noninvasive brain waves.” While the stated goals of the study are to benefit those with disabilities, I can’t help but think of the military and private sector possibilities.

I think its really neat when reality catches up with sci-fi. More on the story at the following link.