University of Washington scientists have recently conducted an experiment called ‘Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication In Humans.’ One researcher was able to send a brain signal online to control the way another researcher moved his hand, located in another room.
The researchers involved wore hats that contained a ‘magnetic simulation coil,’ which can read and stimulate the brain. They used electroencephalography, or EEG, to record brain activity noninvasively and then stimulated the brain using a technology called transcranial magnetic.
When a participant consciously sends a signal or a command to the receiver, they receive the signal and then carry it out involuntarily. For example, Mr. Rao sent a signal to Mr. Stocco’s brain, forcing him to move his right index finger to hit the ‘fire’ button in a particular computer game.
These findings come at a time where technology interaction is on the increase. Scientists and technologists have been working on techniques that will allow us to communicate with our Smartphones or desktops by solely using our minds. Only time will tell whether these advances will become a reality.