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Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it's as weird as it sounds.
The researchers behind the new system have dubbed it BrainNet, and say it could eventually be used to connect many different minds together, even across the web. But apart from opening up strange new methods of communication, BrainNet could actually teach us more about how the human brain functions on a deeper level. "We present BrainNet which, to our knowledge, is the first multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving," write the researchers. "The interface allows three human subjects to collaborate and solve a task using direct brain-to-brain communication."
originally posted by: Krakatoa
How long until one of those three people claim one of the others mentally raped them with bad thoughts?
(sorry, couldn't help it considering the path we are all on these days).
In all seriousness, I wonder if this really is a good idea. We have issues with the race to thought police as it is, do we really want to make it actually possible?
originally posted by: vinifalou
originally posted by: Groot
We are doomed !!!!!!
You are very correct my friend.
This is some scary science fiction stuff!
I wonder how the evil minds of the world are gonna use this to wipe out the mankind.
In the experiment set up by the scientists, two 'senders' were connected to EEG electrodes and asked to play a Tetris-style game involving falling blocks. They had to decide whether each block needed rotating or not.
To do this, they were asked to stare at one of two flashing LEDs at either side of the screen – one flashing at 15 Hz and the other at 17 Hz – which produced different signals in the brain that the EEG could pick up on.
These choices were then relayed to a single 'receiver' through a TMS cap that could generate phantom flashes of light in the receiver's mind, known as phosphenes. The receiver couldn't see the whole game area, but had to rotate the falling block if a light flash signal was sent.
We are doomed !!!!!!
Think about coma patients, an quadriplegics, and even emotional and mental disorders could benefit.