Harvard researchers take another step towards science fiction in a fascinating new discovery. They have brought us one step closer to being able to cheat on tests without a paper trail, by sharing our thoughts with another person.
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Science has made it so that the thought of an individual are now powerful enough to move the tail of a rat. While this is far from telecommunication as seen in movies it represents the possible transition to connecting our brains together. The experiment sees the brain of a person connected to a computer interface that in turn is wirelessly connected to computer brain interface on the rat. With the use of EEG signals, the visual field of the human subject is translated and transmitted to a computer brain interface on the rat which decodes the information. Once decoded, it excited a very specific region of neurons in the rat’s brain in order to move the tail.
The technology currently holds a 95% success rate with a 1.5 seconds run time between the thought of the human subject to the movement of the rat tail. It is completely non invasive and can be worn externally. Next steps include being about to transmit more complex thoughts like food and sexual urges, as well as being able to combine the interfaces to facilitate bilateral communication, i.e. to allow subjects to communicate thoughts back and forth. Human to human telepathy appears to be the most obvious goal of the technology but what is to stop us from trying to communicate with mans best friends or other animals? We could find out what the cat really thinks about wearing that Christmas sweater.