HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Researchers Create Brain-to-Brain Interface in Rats

NO RATINGS
2 saves
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2013 7:19:48 PM
NO RATINGS
You've got a point, Cabe. Although it's "just" rats and rabbits now, only a few decades ago other animals like cats and dogs used to be used more commonly in research that involved essentially torture. OTOH, there's no other way to test some things, like drugs; it's against the law to use humans in certain types of tests and experiments.

Cabe Atwell
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Cabe Atwell   10/23/2013 6:33:31 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Ann R. Thryft   10/16/2013 8:01:53 PM
NO RATINGS
Oh no, I'd forgotten about Willard...ecchh!

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Elizabeth M   10/15/2013 3:38:39 AM
NO RATINGS
Ha, I didn't know about that film, Chuck. Now THAT is a horror scenario...!

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Charles Murray   10/14/2013 6:15:59 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Liz. The sci-fi possibilities here are enormous. All we need is Willard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_(1971_film) to lead them.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Elizabeth M   10/14/2013 4:16:12 AM
NO RATINGS
This is really interesting! I assume you probably read my story on where scientists did this with humans: http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1386&doc_id=267562


The idea of rats collectively thinking together brings up scifi scenarios for me of legions of smart rats taking over the world. I know this won't happen, but it's pretty incredible what's happening with brain-based communication research these days. It's the wave of the future.

Greg M. Jung
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Greg M. Jung   10/12/2013 11:07:34 PM
NO RATINGS
This technology also reminds me of characters on another television show.  The Borg in Star Trek were also interconnected and performed 'group think' to become smarter...

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Charles Murray   10/11/2013 6:02:15 PM
NO RATINGS
Now, the theme song is stuck in my head, too, Dave. "They're laboratory mice. Their genes have been spliced. They're dinky. They're Pinky and the Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain...."

A lot of years watching cartoons with my kids.

Debera Harward
User Rank
Silver
Re: Narf! Poit! Egad!
Debera Harward   10/11/2013 3:30:28 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks Cabe for such an informative post , This research in future can lead the linking of different animal brains and development of organic computers through which animals could exchange, store, process sensory and motor information.

Dave Palmer
User Rank
Platinum
Narf! Poit! Egad!
Dave Palmer   10/11/2013 10:45:14 AM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Cabe.  Now I am going to have the "Pinky and the Brain" theme stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

One is a genius, the other's insane...

Partner Zone
More Blogs
Get a load of these strange product designs. What's in the water these design engineers are drinking?
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Ever wanted your own giant robot? Three engineers did, and now they want to make 15-ft, fighting MegaBots a household name.
Here are 10 examples of the wide range of new technology on display at Pack Expo in Chicago earlier this month.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Dec 1 - 5, An Introduction to Embedded Software Architecture and Design
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service