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Human mind control experiment a success

By T.K. Randall
August 30, 2013 · Comment icon 9 comments

One researcher was able to move the other's hand. Image Credit: YouTube / University of Washington
Researchers at the University of Washington have built a working human-to-human mind control system.
Previous mind control research has enabled brain-to-brain communication between rats but it is believed that this is the first time such a system has been successful with human subjects. The remarkable experiment was conducted by Rajesh Rao and Andrea Stocco who captured the whole thing on video.

Rao was equipped with a special cap fitted with electrodes that were hooked up to a machine capable of reading electrical activity in the brain, while Stocco sat at the other side of the campus with a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil placed over the region of his brain responsible for hand movements.
For the experiment Rao would look at a screen and play a simple computer game that involved firing a cannon, but instead of actually pressing a button he instead imagined his right hand moving to do so. Across campus, Stocco, who was unable to see or hear the game, felt his hand moving in correlation to Rao's thoughts, a sensation that he likened to a nervous tic.

"It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain," said Rao. "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."



Source: University of Washington | Comments (9)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by bassai26 11 years ago
nice job...another step to laziness
Comment icon #2 Posted by Saru 11 years ago
It's not a case of laziness, imagine the potential of this type of technology for people who are disabled or paralyzed.
Comment icon #3 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 11 years ago
This will probably lead to mental texting, ja?
Comment icon #4 Posted by brlesq1 11 years ago
Wow. Hopefully, they'll be able to keep politics out of it--and the military.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ash68 11 years ago
the possibilities for this technology are as exciting as they are disturbing to me as it could be used for bad as well as good. I'd definetly like it in my house as maybe I'll finally understand what my wife's wants !
Comment icon #6 Posted by The Nameless One 11 years ago
This ^^
Comment icon #7 Posted by dummy2b 11 years ago
Could you use to make some rob a bank?
Comment icon #8 Posted by dummy2b 11 years ago
UNBELIEVABLE
Comment icon #9 Posted by kannin 11 years ago
oh wow like this is going to be used for good


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