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Scientists email brainwaves 5,000 miles

Posted on Saturday, 30 August, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

Will we be able to connect our brains up to the Internet in the future ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Junior Melo

A new experiment has succeeded in sending a message from one brain to another across continents.

Technology that can pick up and interpret brain waves has been progressing in leaps and bounds lately, with devices that do everything from operating a computer to controlling a mechanical arm being achieved using nothing but the power of the mind.

Now scientists in India have taken things one step further by using one person's brain to send e-mail messages directly to another person's brain several thousand miles away.

The international research team achieved the feat by using a special electroencephalography headset to pick up the electrical activity from neurons firing in the brain of a volunteer and to translate the message in to binary. This was then transmitted to another volunteer in France who received it through the electrical stimulation of their own brain by the computer.

For the experiment the words "hola" and "ciao" were e-mailed over 5,000 miles from the sender to the recipient who experienced the message as a series of light flashes in their peripheral vision.

"We anticipate that computers in the not-so-distant future will interact directly with the human brain in a fluent manner, supporting both computer- and brain-to-brain communication routinely," the research team wrote.

Source: Pune Mirror | Comments (19)

Tags: Brain, Email

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Comment icon #10 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 31 August, 2014, 1:20
If computers can be hacked via emails, I am willing to bet brains can as well (By a method that is very much like email) seeing as our body is just a biological version of a computer. First with "Skynet" style AI and now with telepathically sending messages. Humans are too smart for their own good and there will always be naive people who only look at this for the good possibilities and think "This would never be used for evil, it couldn't possibly be".
Comment icon #11 Posted by bubblykiss on 31 August, 2014, 12:56
I can finally begin to email people clues.
Comment icon #12 Posted by hellwyr on 31 August, 2014, 13:21
but what if you dont have such a good control over your thougths ...
Comment icon #13 Posted by stevemagegod on 1 September, 2014, 3:56
Hell no. I get enough of that with TV at work/home.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Calle on 1 September, 2014, 12:13
and people like you stops progress, without any risk there is nothing really to be gained in the first place and conserning he AI "Skynet" is nohing but a fiction and anything related with AI taking over the planet and killing of all humans.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Calibeliever on 2 September, 2014, 18:49
Some progress should be carefully looked at and slowed. Just because we can do a thing doesn't mean we should. Risks should always be evaluated. It doesn't really matter what we think though. The military machine has no moral compass and the tech will be weaponized no matter what we say.
Comment icon #16 Posted by paperdyer on 3 September, 2014, 16:17
n a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. Recently published in PLOS ONE the highly novel findings describe the successful transmission of information via the internet between the intact scalps of two human subjects -- located 5,000 miles apart.
Comment icon #17 Posted by CuriousRey on 3 September, 2014, 16:30
All I have to say is.... Demolition Man.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Calle on 6 September, 2014, 14:01
because AI becomes weaponized doesn't mean it'll kill everyone it sees, there will be security as not to harm civilians and kill terrorists and that. and just because their building it doesn't mean they didn't evaluate the risks, every reserch done on the planet evaluates the pros and cons (well most of them atleast) and just because you people want to slow progress because your small intelligence can't actually comprehend what an AI could actually benefit us. an AI could improve our lives, make it secure, help scientific progress and limitless other applications beside w... [More]
Comment icon #19 Posted by Bavarian Raven on 7 September, 2014, 12:50
"Just because we can doesn't mean we should." This could go wring in so many ways it's not even funny.

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