World’s First Brain-to-Brain Interface

TOPIC: First human-to-human brain interface


FINDING: 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.

IMPLICATIONS: While it’s not Mr. Spock’s Vulcan Mind Meld, the implications of this are still staggering. We’re already imagining a future in which we will not need devices… no iPhones, no iPads, nothing… to communicate. All will need is to be wirelessly connected to the ubiquitous information stream all around us. And now we’re taking things to a whole new level. I can see this as the premise for a new movie about a “kidnap” victim in which the word “kidnapped” has a whole new meaning. Rather than being taken, the victim is invaded and forced to do things by another human through a mind-to-mind internet connection. The excuse, the devil made me do it, doesn’t fly. But maybe, my neighbor or “friend” made me do it, will.


“It was both exciting and eerie to watch an imagined action from my brain get translated into actual action by another brain,” Rao said. “This was basically a one-way flow of information from my brain to his. The next step is having a more equitable two-way conversation directly between the two brains.”


First Human Brain-to-Brain Interface

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