University of Washington researchers announced on August 27, 2013 that they performed the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface.
Interestingly enough, the two achieved this interface via the Internet. Rajesh Rao, one of the University of Washington researchers was able to send a brain signal through the Internet to Andrea Stocco, another University researcher, who was located on the other side of the university campus.
The signal sent from Rao caused Stocco’s finger to move involuntarily to press a key on a keyboard. Andrea Stocco said, “The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains. We want to take the knowledge from a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.”
Even though this could be the first human-to-human brain interface, this experiment is not the first instance of mind control. Earlier this year, researchers at Harvard published their own experiment involving brain-to-brain interfaces; however, this experiment involved a human and a rat.
In this experiment, with his mind, the human controlled an ultrasound device placed directly over a rat’s head. Just by thinking, the researchers were able to make the rat move its tail involuntarily. According to the published study, “Our results demonstrate the feasibility of computer-mediated interfacing of the neural signals between human and animal to generate simple motor responses.” Read more >>