Move over Google Glass, there is a potential new invention that is sure to warm the hearts and have the porn industry excited over its possible uses. High above the mucky muck in a castle made of clouds, researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to kill a yak from 200 yards away with mind bullets! No, not really, what they have done however is figure out how to send commands from one person’s brain to control a different person’s muscle movement using the internet. Thank you, Al Gore.
Using electrical brain recordings, some left over supplies from the back room of their local Radio Shack & the magical power of magnets, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco’s finger which was firmly planted on Stocco’s hand on the other side of the campus causing the finger to move on a keyboard.
The team had a Skype connection set up so the two labs could coordinate, though neither Rao nor Stocco could see the Skype screens.
Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. When he was supposed to fire a cannon at a target, he imagined moving his right hand (being careful not to actually move his hand), causing a cursor to hit the “fire” button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco, who wore noise-canceling earbuds and wasn’t looking at a computer screen, involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. Stocco compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of 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,” Rao said. “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.”
It looks like in about another 50 years no one will ever have to leave their house or have any real physical contact with another human being ever again.
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