You’re a drone pilot but you can only control one drone at a time with your joystick and controller. But, you want to control a swarm of drones to be the most effective that you can be. What can you do? You can use your brain and control many drones, that’s what.Now a\u00a0researcher at Arizona State University has discovered how to control multiple robotic drones using the human brain.A controller wears a skull cap outfitted with 128 electrodes wired to a computer. The device records electrical brain activity. If the controller moves a hand or thinks of something, certain areas light up.\u201cI can see that activity from outside,\u201d said Panagiotis Artemiadis, director of the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab and an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. \u201cOur goal is to decode that activity to control variables for the robots.\u201dIf the user is thinking about decreasing cohesion between the drones \u2014 spreading them out, in other words \u2014 \u201cwe know what part of the brain controls that thought,\u201d Artemiadis said.A wireless system sends the thought to the robots. \u201cWe have a motion-capture system that knows where the quads are, and we change their distance, and that\u2019s it,\u201d he said.Up to four small robots, some of which fly, can be controlled with brain interfaces. Joysticks don\u2019t work, because they can only control one craft at a time.\u201cYou can\u2019t do something collectively\u201d with a joystick, Artemiadis said. \u201cIf you want to swarm around an area and guard that area, you cannot do that.\u201dTo make them move, the controller watches on a monitor and thinks and pictures the drones performing various tasks.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.