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Wed Jul 31, 2013, 06:32 PM

Harvard creates brain-to-brain interface, allows humans to control other animals with thoughts alone

By Sebastian Anthony on July 31, 2013 at 7:45 am

Researchers at Harvard University have created the first noninvasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) between a humanÖ and a rat. Simply by thinking the appropriate thought, the BBI allows the human to control the ratís tail. This is one of the most important steps towards BBIs that allow for telepathic links between two or more humans ó which is a good thing in the case of friends and family, but terrifying if you stop to think about the nefarious possibilities of a fascist dictatorship with mind control tech.

In recent years there have been huge advances in the field of brain-computer interfaces, where your thoughts are detected and ďunderstoodĒ by a sensor attached to a computer, but relatively little work has been done in the opposite direction (computer-brain interfaces). This is because itís one thing for a computer to work out what a human is thinking (by asking or observing their actions), but another thing entirely to inject new thoughts into a human brain. To put it bluntly, we have almost no idea of how thoughts are encoded by neurons in the brain. For now, the best we can do is create a computer-brain interface that stimulates a region of the brain thatís known to create a certain reaction ó such as the specific part of the motor cortex thatís in charge of your fingers. We donít have the power to move your fingers in a specific way ó that would require knowing the brainís encoding scheme ó but we can make them jerk around.


Which brings us neatly onto Harvardís human-mouse brain-to-brain interface. The human wears a run-of-the-mill EEG-based BCI, while the mouse is equipped with a focused ultrasound (FUS) computer-brain interface (CBI). FUS is a relatively new technology that allows the researchers to excite a very specific region of neurons in the ratís brain using an ultrasound signal. The main advantage of FUS is that, unlike most brain-stimulation techniques, such as DBS, it isnít invasive. For now it looks like the FUS equipment is fairly bulky, but future versions might be small enough for use in everyday human CBIs.

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http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/162678-harvard-creates-brain-to-brain-interface-allows-humans-to-control-other-animals-with-thoughts-alone

incredible and horrible

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:09 PM

1. Hmmm... and it will be used for....

 

" We donít have the power to move your fingers in a specific way ó that would require knowing the brainís encoding scheme ó but we can make them jerk around. "


In 3, 2, 1....

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Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:30 PM

2. the Vulcan Mind Meld

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:42 PM

3. That's just what we need!

How long before the pukes introduce a bill making it mandatory for each of us to be fitted with the receiving end of this?

(And Obama offers a grand bargain on it)

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Wed Jul 31, 2013, 07:56 PM

4. Really, nothing new

My lady's cats could do it to her all the time...

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Thu Aug 1, 2013, 04:18 AM

5. Would this be considered artificial telepathy?

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Fri Aug 2, 2013, 08:22 PM

6. This is not the Onion???

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Mon Aug 5, 2013, 10:14 AM

7. Meh, my dog already does this to me when he's hungry. nt

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