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What can a Bionic Drumming Arm Teach us About Artificial Intelligence?

This bionic drumming arm is a pretty cool piece of tech, combining robotics with musical algorithms, but it also has some interesting applications for artificial intelligence.

Jason Barnes, the drummer in the video and a student at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media, lost the lower part of his arm in an accident but continued to drum using a prosthetic he crafted himself. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology built him this new prosthetic (seen in the video) which senses the electrical signals in his arms to help control it.

One of the coolest features, though, is the musical algorithm based on the work of jazz greats that will power an additional autonomous drumstick that works with Barnes' own drumming to create a mix of sounds one person couldn't otherwise make alone. Watch Jason (and his algorithms) keep the beat>