In BrainNet, three people play a Tetris-like game using a brain-to-brain interface. This is the first demonstration of two things: a brain-to-brain network of more than two people, and a person being able to both receive and send information to others using only their brain.
The team hopes that these results pave the way for future brain-to-brain interfaces that allow people to collaborate to solve tough problems that one brain alone couldn't solve.
According to the study published in the journal of Scientific Reports, In BrainNet, a platform used for research, three people play a Tetris-like game using a brain-to-brain interface
. This is the first demonstration of two things: a brain-to-brain network of more than two people, and a person being able to both receive and send information to others using only their brain.
"We talked about the human brain-to-brain interface
. Now that rat brains have been connected via the internet, it's only a matter of time before human brains link up directly in cyberspace.
collaborating with researchers at the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience of Natal in Brazil (more than 4,000 miles away) on a brain-to-brain interface
in the brains of rats at the two locations that enabled them to communicate to solve a simple behavioral problem.
(http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130228/srep01319/full/srep01319.html) "A Brain-to-Brain Interface
for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information." Scientific Reports published online 28 February 2013.
The researchers then tested their brain-to-brain interface
in a more comprehensive study, published Nov.
Therefore, to press the correct lever and receive the reward it craved, the decoder rat would have to rely on the cue transmitted from the encoder via the brain-to-brain interface
One of Thomsons colleagues is working on a spinal stimulation technique for Parkinson's disease, another is experimenting with brain-to-brain interfaces
for rats, and others are enabling primates to control exoskeletons and wheelchairs with their neural activity.
Researchers think recorded brain waves have the potential to score the mental faculties of murderers, create brain-to-brain interfaces
where conscious thoughts are transmitted over the internet and unconsciously enacted by another person or see drones flown by neural impulses.