Experiment Uses Internet to Send Direct Data From Brain to Brain (Video)


University of Washington researchers has 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.

“The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” Stocco said. “We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.”

The lines of separation continue to blur as a human brain to brain interface experiment allows one researcher to send a signal to move his colleagues finger.

Human Brain to Brain Interface Diagram

B2Bdiagram Experiment Uses Internet to Send Direct Data From Brain to Brain (Video)

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