First Human-to-Human Brain Interface: Researcher Controls Colleague's Motions
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University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with researcher Rajesh Rao able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of fellow researcher Andrea Stocco. Rao wore a cap with electrodes hooked up to an electroencephalography machine, which reads electrical activity in the brain. On the other side of the university campus, Stocco wore a magnetic stimulation coil over his left motor cortex, which controls hand movement. Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind; when he was supposed to fire at a target, he imagined moving his right hand to hit the "fire" button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco's right index finger moved involuntarily to hit the ?fire? button.
pfrenger | commented on September 14, 2013
The computer apparatus is unnecessary to accomplish this maneuver. As I mentioned in my presentation, "Avatar and More: Concepts of Mind and Body" at the IEEE Galveston Bay Section at NASA, 18 Feb 2010, the arrangement of cortical columns in the brain forms a phased array which can both send and receive thoughts by electromagnetic "radio&quo­t; waves. Each column adds its minuscule current to its neighbor's; the additive effect over millions of columns is sufficient for thought transmission at a distance. Nerve cells act as diodes, allowing action potentials to travel in one direction only. This rectification effect is what you use to build a crystal radio set. This method works with any mammalian brain which has sufficient cortical column mass (dog, horse, elephant, whale) although the clarity of the message may be degraded with other species, which inevitably has somewhat different memory content. Some people may be better at this communication method than others. The scientists and engineers who heard this presentation said that this would provide a "testable hypothesis"­; for the phenomenon we call telepathy. Among other interesting topics my presentation also described how a deceased person might trigger memories in the living by stimulating specific cortical areas ... possibly by affecting the probability of radioactive decay of atoms in the living person's brain to effect depolarization of the necessary neural sites (only 15 mV of energy is needed to "haunt&quo­t; the living).
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