Robotics Can Give People 3rd Thumb, But How Will Brain React?

Hand with extra robotic thumb stirring coffee with a spoon

If you've ever wished you had an extra hand to accomplish a task, never fear, scientists are working on that. But a new study raises questions about how such technology could affect your brain.

Dr. Eran Klein, affiliate assistant professor of philosophy at the UW notes, “That's not a wholly new concept. People who use a cane, for instance, can start to feel it's part of them, Klein pointed out. ‘I think what's interesting about this study,’ he said, ‘is that it brings up the bigger question of, what are we going to allow as things that become 'part of us'?’"

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