Is it possible for humans to send thoughts to each other from opposite sides of the planet? It has actually been accomplished by a research team from Harvard Medical School. This team included:
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Starlab Barcelona in Spain
- Axilum Robotics in Strasbourg, France
Long Distance Communication
Messages were sent 5,000 miles from India to France using various technologies, including the internet. In between the emitter and the receiver was a Bluetooth device, the internet and navigation code. The team attempted to inject brain activity of one person into another human over great distances, according to co-author Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, a professor of neurology and the director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School.
The team was able to communicate from India to France using the internet and robot-assisted transcranial magnetic stimulation. During the experiment, humans had electrodes on their scalps and magnets were used instead of electric current to affect brain activity. The goal of the research team included finding ways to connect brains without using keyboards or voice commands.
The team used equipment for brain-computer interface research to try to transmit thoughts over the internet without typing or speaking. Drones can be used in these studies, but in this case the output target was a human. The experiment involved transmitting envisioned actions for the words “Ciao” and “Hola.” The software interpreted the thoughts and converted the information to binary code.
Uses for Brain Communication Research
This experiment was revolutionary in many ways. It marked the beginning of a deeper exploration into better understanding about brainwave communication in which thoughts become code that can be delivered over the internet. Here are some uses in which long distance brain communication can be helpful:
- Communicating with stroke victims
- Improving understanding of tasks
- Clarifying questions about products and services
- Accelerating learning curves
Future of Communication
The future of communicating thought online will include computers that interact with human brains fluently. As this technology expands through society, issues will arise involving ethical standards, requiring legislation.
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