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The master puppeteer: how the brain controls the body

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The effortless ease with which humans move our arms, our eyes, even our lips when we speak masks the true complexity of the processes involved. This is evident when we try to build machines to perform human tasks. While computers can now beat grand-masters at chess, no computer can yet control a robot to manipulate a chess piece with the dexterity of a six-year-old child. How the brain is able to learn to generate such skilful movement is one of the most intriguing questions in neuroscience and the focus of Professor Daniel Wolpert’s lecture

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