posted on Feb, 28 2013 @ 03:48 PM
Researchers have claimed to have succeeded in linking the mind of a rat in Durham, North Carolina, with another in Natal, Brazil.
Using microchips implanted in their brains to communicate, the rats were able to collaborate and solve simple puzzles, even though in one
experiment they were thousands of miles apart.
The first rat, known as the 'encoder', was taught to find water in its cage by responding to a light and pressing a particular lever. Its brain was
connected to a second animal, known as the 'decoder', which was not given the light signals... ...the second animal relied solely on the brain
instructions, but when stimulated still pressed the right lever to receive a reward 70 per cent of the time - far more often than it would have by
chance, demonstrating they had been guided by the other rat's mind.
Evidence from this study suggested that the decoder rat began to develop a double identity, by picking up sensations from two sets of whiskers - its
own and those of its partner.
In other words, the implanted microchips appear to have allowed the first rat, which could see the light signal, to transmit information to the second
rat that was initially in another cage and then in a later test to a rat in another continent. The second rat could pick the correct lever
successfully 70% of the time. A rate of success far higher than chance.
Duke University Medical Center neurobiologist, Miguel Nicolelis, who led the study is of the opinion that the study is the first step in linking
multiple minds into an 'organic computer'.
I am interested to know exactly what these implanted microchips exactly are.
edit on 28-2-2013 by ollncasino because: (no reason given)