First human Brain-to-Brain connection is established!
Saturday 30 November 2013

First human Brain-to-Brain connection is established!

Atlast Human brain-to-brain connection is established. Scientists in Seattle campus of the University of Washington communicated one another with one researcher sending a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motion of a colleague sitting across. Researcher Rajesh Rao was able to move his colleague Andrea Stocco's finger on a keyboard via a brain signal even as they sat on opposite sides of the university's campus.

"The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains," Stocco said. "We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain."

This remarkable invention has served the medical field by helping paralyzed patients regain some power of movement,  but bioethicists have raised concerns about more controversial uses.

Few experiments were conducted by the scientists to test the communication between brains, in February, for instance, scientists led by Duke University Medical Center's Miguel Nicolelis used electronic sensors to capture the thoughts of a rat in a lab in Brazil and sent via Internet to the brain of a rat in the United States. The second rat received the thoughts of the first, mimicking its behavior. And electrical activity in the brain of a monkey at Duke, in North Carolina, was recently sent via the Internet, controlling a robot arm in Japan.

That raised dystopian visions of battalions of animal soldiers - or even human ones - whose brains are remotely controlled by others. Some of Duke's brain-computer research, though not this study, received funding from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA.

This invention and subsequent experiments raised concerns over ethicists, as animals were used to do few tests. But this remarkable achievement by man has marked a milestone in the history of inventions.