Archivist Llewellyn, Second Life asked:
Can 2nd Life Avatars be controlled by thought?
We put this to Dr Smitha Mundasad:
Smitha - Yes. From the Neuroscience Conference I went to just this week, I think there’s been a lot of success actually working with brain-machine interfaces; that’s translating brainwave activity into a digital form so you can then actually control a machine using your brainwave activity. So it wouldn’t surprise me if people have been working on that kind of issue.
Researchers in Japan actually demonstrated a device back in 2008 where a user could control a 2nd life avatar by thinking about performing particular movements. That work was led by Assistant Professor Junichi Ushiba of the Faculty of Science and Technology of Keio University.