Thursday, February 28, 2013
This Is Truly Mind Bending
Researchers have found that it's possible to electronically link the brains of two lab rats even across vast distances.
Scientists have wired the brains of two rats together and shown that signals from one rat’s brain can help the second rat solve a problem it would otherwise have no clue how to solve.
The rats were in different cages with no way to communicate other than through the electrodes implanted in their brains. The transfer of information from brain to brain even worked with two rats separated by thousands of kilometers, one in a lab in North Carolina and another in a lab in Brazil.
“We basically created a computational unit out of two brains,” says neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University, who led the study.
The brain-to-brain communication link enables the rats to collaborate in a novel way, he says. ”The animals compute by mutual experience,” he said. ”It’s a computer that evolves, that’s not set by instructions or an algorithm.”
Wait until the military applications of brain to brain communications emerge. Imagine a platoon of soldiers, their brains electronically linked to their sergeant's. Or imagine yourself being linked to some intellectual genius, a "master brain." Thought Control anyone?
Brave New World indeed.