Aug. 27, 2013 — University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.
Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco's finger to move on a keyboard.
While researchers at Duke University have demonstrated brain-to-brain communication between two rats, and Harvard researchers have demonstrated it between a human and a rat, Rao and Stocco believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interfacing.
This is a bit of awesome yet somehow disturbing science. Why is it disturbing? Have you ever seen Gamer? That movie was terrible. If that is what the future of mind control entails then I think we should scrap the whole idea entirely.
Alright let's get serious here. Brain to brain signals are a huge step in neuroscience. The fact that we can transmit and translate one brain signal to another brain is actually quite astounding. Neural networks are so vastly complex that each brain is significantly different than the other.
Neuroscientists have embarked on creating a map of a basic neural network, much like they did with DNA structures. Although this may seem like something awesome and sci-fi on the surface, it's incredibly more awesome on a real and scientific basis. We are taking massive steps towards understanding the human brain!