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Researchers Develop Brain-to-Brain Interface for Human Motion Control
9/12/2013

University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao, left, plays a computer game with his mind, while across campus, researcher Andrea Stocco, right, wears a magnetic stimulation coil over the left motor cortex region of his brain. Stocco's right index finger moved involuntarily to hit the 'fire' button of the game as part of the first human brain-to-brain interface demonstration.  (Source: University of Washington)

University of Washington researcher Rajesh Rao, left, plays a computer game with his mind, while across campus, researcher Andrea Stocco, right, wears a magnetic stimulation coil over the left motor cortex region of his brain. Stocco’s right index finger moved involuntarily to hit the “fire” button of the game as part of the first human brain-to-brain interface demonstration.

(Source: University of Washington)

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vimalkumarp
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Brain to Brain Interface
vimalkumarp   9/12/2013 6:58:17 AM
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Great post Elizabeth. Brain to Brain interface was actually "much awaited" as the next step of BCI. i believe this will really make waves in medical domain may be as a new step/ modality  in physiotherapy. Though it looks like science fiction, as Alan kay said: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic" and this is like magic. on a personal note I was fortunate to inetract with Rajesh Rao on brain computer interface long ago.

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Elizabeth M   9/12/2013 8:00:28 AM
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Thanks, vimalkumarp. I wasn't that aware of this type of thing until I wrote about this but it does seem like it opens up a lot of new avenues in medical treatment for sure. Yes, it definitely seems like magic, as well. Although we know the activities of the human brain have a scientific basis, it's such a complex organ that it's hard not to think there is some element of something else going on besides pure chemistry.

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rpl3000   9/12/2013 8:21:07 AM
I fear the retail applications....

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vimalkumarp
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vimalkumarp   9/12/2013 8:48:24 AM
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Yes as you said there is some element of something else going on besides pure chemistry. Cognitive science will open new avenues and throw light on menay other related domains and will indeed trigger an avalanche of innovations. I am really excited about BCI but now it is brain to brain...!

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alomran   9/12/2013 2:25:05 PM
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Hi, yes there are many other elements inside the human Brainbeside Chemtry, Chemestry generate static electrical waves, carried all the signals around the brain central nervus system. that is what we need to investigate more.  but the human brain has the strngest security system ever.  we need to bypass this security system and access the right wave legnth to the control information of the brain.  I have very strong experties and papers on ultrasound waves, (subliminal technologies).        

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alomran   9/12/2013 2:25:05 PM
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Hi, yes there are many other elements inside the human Brainbeside Chemtry, Chemestry generate static electrical waves, carried all the signals around the brain central nervus system. that is what we need to investigate more.  but the human brain has the strngest security system ever.  we need to bypass this security system and access the right wave legnth to the control information of the brain.  I have very strong experties and papers on ultrasound waves, (subliminal technologies).        

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NadineJ   9/12/2013 5:59:49 PM
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I can definitely see this being used in physical therapy. 

I must admit, I had an 'ew' moment when I first read the article.  BCI isn't for me personally but I like the possibilities.

Battar
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Its been done
Battar   9/13/2013 11:54:38 AM
Haven't I seen TV evangelists doing that ? Projecting thoughts and making your hand move involuntarily towards your wallet...

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phantasyconcepts   9/13/2013 1:09:31 PM
And we thought cyber-bullying was bad before?!  Imagine what happens when some crazed teen 'victim' gets his hands on this and starts making his teachers chug drano or his 'enemies' jump off buildings or stick their hands into the french fry machine at McDonald's.  With every technological advance, we need to be certain we gain the wisdom to use it properly before we actually start using it.  Gunpowder, nuclear power, rocketry, and so forth prove that our capacity to understand the ramifications of misusing technology is extremely small when compared to our ability to dream up and justify the use of that technology.  And if cyber-bullying sounds like something impossible, how about someone like Osama bin Laden (notice I said LIKE him because I know he's dead) using this technology to direct unsuspecting suicide bombers in a terrorist attack?  This has to be thoroughly studied, and preferably controlled technology to prevent something like that from happening.  I am not paranoid about terrorists, I just have no faith in the ability of some humans to do something that is morally acceptable to the majority of people on the planet.  There's always some nutball somewhere who will pervert anything.

 

Remember, there are dozens of ways to use a screwdriver, only one of which is to turn a screw, and any one of which can be used to kill or injure a person.

BRDD-Man
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BRDD-Man   9/13/2013 1:58:45 PM
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You should read "The Genesis Machine" by James P. Hogan.  He put a lot of thought into the beneficial uses of such a device.  He called the machine a BIAC, Bio InterActive Computer.  I think you will enjoy reading it.

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