Descent of the Holy Ghost, by Alessandro Filipepi Botticelli, 1500-1510
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At the World Cup opening ceremony next week in São Paulo, a paralyzed Brazilian will walk onto the field and kick the ceremonial first ball. The young man or woman will be aided by the newest iteration in a line of mind-controlled exoskeletons—if everything goes according to plan. The pilot will wear a 3D-printed helmet and a concealed cap of electrodes. All he or she needs to do is think about the necessary movements, and “the brain–machine interface will convert human intent into robotic motion,” The Atlantic reported.
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