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Scientists create real-life 'Borg' network

By T.K. Randall
October 2, 2018 · Comment icon 16 comments



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Researchers have succeeded in hooking together the brains of three people to create a shared network.
Known as BrainNet, the remarkable achievement was made possible using a combination of electroencephalograms (EEGs), which record the electrical impulses from brain activity, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), which stimulate neurons using magnetic fields.

In a recent experiment, two 'senders' had their brains connected up to the network and were asked to control a Tetris-style game by way of staring at one of two different flashing LEDs.

A third connected individual - the 'receiver' - was able to pick up the control commands from the other two and use them to rotate the blocks in the game.

Across five different groups of participants, an accuracy level of over 80% was achieved.
"We present BrainNet which, to our knowledge, is the first multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving," the researchers wrote.

"The interface allows three human subjects to collaborate and solve a task using direct brain-to-brain communication."

In the future, the scientists hope to connect much larger groups of people together in a similar way.

Eventually, the technology could result in interconnected brain networks much like that of the Borg - the fictional cybernetic antagonists of the Star Trek franchise.

"Our results raise the possibility of future brain-to-brain interfaces that enable cooperative problem solving by humans using a 'social network' of connected brains," the researchers wrote.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by AllPossible 5 years ago
As cool as this sounds I think it's the beginning of the end of thinking on our own. If 3 people can simultaneously work together on 1 project, imagine when the technology gets to the point that someone else's mind can overpower yours during this process & make you do something you didn't want to or even AI taking over. I love technology & how fast humans are evolving but wow, maybe this "project" in 50-100 years could create zombies (sounds stupid) but imagine having no control overself. Far fetched? So was going to space & creating the atom bomb
Comment icon #8 Posted by Avalanche 5 years ago
And one of their brains exploded? ;-)
Comment icon #9 Posted by Socio 5 years ago
The Progressive Left may get their utopia, a programmable global hive, they will never question, never think for themselves and their sense of individuality will be replaced with single-minded enslavement to the amelioration of the one.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Orphalesion 5 years ago
I'm very astonished by this. And maybe a bit scared. And maybe a tiny bit turned on.
Comment icon #11 Posted by UFOwatcher 5 years ago
" In the future, the scientists hope to connect much larger groups of people together in a similar way. " So will the Military and organized crime. I see a lot of areas where this could be not for good.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Almighty Evan 5 years ago
Most already made The Commitment in late 2008, or in 1999 for the Coward that preceded their god.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Amanda Evans 5 years ago
NO NO NO NO.
Comment icon #14 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Well, where do I sign?
Comment icon #15 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
It's scary for Microsoft, Google and Lotus Notes.  Who will buy their collaboration software!  Just what we need!  One psycho finding a way to take control and start a murder or robbery spree.  How need Skynet if we have a "Queen" Borg.
Comment icon #16 Posted by pallidin 5 years ago
Could get, uh, "interesting" when competing AI platforms decide the other is an annoyance.


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