Can We Use Robots to Train the Muscles and Brains of Cerebral Palsy Victims to Communicate?

Not long ago, a concerned father contacted me wishing to use exoskeletons to help those with cerebral palsy walk and self-mobilize themselves by training the muscles to communicate with the brain around the damaged areas. This immediately made perfect sense to me, and so I did a little research and found others had considered this same scenario. Not just exoskeletons like those in the medical rehabilitation clinics, but fully autonomous units like those which the Future Fighting Force of the Army or DARPA was working on. Okay so, let’s talk about this shall we?
Indeed, I had considered his plan, and use of this technology for this specific non-military purpose, and agreed. I then stated; I don’t see how it couldn’t work for his child and millions of others if done right – still there is a cost challenge in all this, so economies of scale need to come into play, along with light-weight exoskeleton systems, meaning expensive materials, at least currently, perhaps not in the future however.
The technology won’t be cheap and most of the computer scientists in AI are working on other things and they get a decent price tag, although there seems to be a large number of new AI computer engineers thanks Interesting Tech Topics to Sebastian Thrun and his free-AI computer classes online, this might be a project for some of those folks getting together for maybe a “Challenge” perhaps sponsored by DARPA and the wounded warrior program?
Once such a system is available out in the real world to help people, it can then be used for other things such as your excellent application for Cerebral Palsy and perhaps Olympic Training for muscle memory. Also we then take all the data and use it to create AI androids in humanoid form and perfect the geometry Agricultural Technology Examples of gait for bi-pedal motion, this will help as people’s bodies deteriorate and they can choose death-by-robot whereby they become man/machine but still live on after the body tires, that is if we don’t unlock the DNA and solve the life-longevity problem, which we should be able to do in 2-decades or less.
Of course, those other applications are secondary or very futuristic, but it does appear we have all the technology available today – and it could be used for the purpose of helping with cerebral palsy, even a slightly watered-down military version, smaller, and specifically re-designed to save cost and down-scaled makes sense. In any case, let me leave you with this thought for you to fully consider.

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