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Quick, grab the tinfoil hats. Researchers at the University of Washington have succeeded in linking two human brains together via the Internet.
In an experiment conducted by Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco, Rao was able to send a brain signal via the Internet to his colleague situated on the other side of the university campus that forced him to involuntarily move her finger on a keyboard.
The result, which is being hailed as the world's first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, was performed using head-mounted electrodes which were plugged into an electroencephalography machine with the captured signals sent via the Internet.
Although this is a very primitive example of hacking a brain, if perfected, the possibilities are endless. "The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains," Stocco said. "We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain." In other words being able to download a textbook straight into a person's knowledge centers, or the ability to speak foreign languages or, for those with a hankering for the film "The Matrix," martial arts fighting skills.
However, the possibilities are also more than a little creepy, as Rao concedes. "It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain," he said. "This was basically a one-way flow of information from my brain to his. The next step is having a more equitable two-way conversation directly between the two brains."
Still, Rao, who jokingly refers to the experiment as a 'Vulcan Mind Meld," was also quick to highlight that this process is not about reading thoughts despite its sci-fi connotations. Rather it is about identifying and transmitting simple brain commands and therefore would not give anyone the power to control another person's thoughts or actions against their will.
Similar experiments have been performed in the past -- researchers at Duke University demonstrated brain-to-brain communication between two rats and Harvard researchers have demonstrated the same phenomenon between a person and a rat -- this is the first time both subjects have been human. "Brain-computer interface is something people have been talking about for a long, long time," said Chantel Prat, assistant professor in psychology at the UW's Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, and Stocco's wife and research partner who helped conduct the experiment. "We plugged a brain into the most complex computer anyone has ever studied, and that is another brain."
The next step is to attempt to send more complex information from one human brain to another and then eventually to open up the test group to see if the command can be sent to multiple recipients.
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