The 1950s and 1960s were the golden era of what was known as science fiction B movies.
Almost anything imaginable was portrayed on the silver screen, from weird brain eating aliens to giant ants to evil robots and more.
In some of those movies, scientists allegedly took the brains from some people and kept them alive and were able to read their thoughts and memories.
The Frankenstein monster was based on the idea of using a brain from a dead person and bringing it back to life in a carefully constructed new body.
It was only fiction, or was it just a precursor of things to be?
A recent report claims that scientists successfully connected the brains of three living people, allowing them to share thoughts and to mentally work as a team to play a Tetris-style game.
(Science Alert) – Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people share their thoughts – and in this case, play a Tetris-style game. The team thinks this wild experiment could be scaled up to connect whole networks of people, and yes, it’s as weird as it sounds.
It works through a combination of electroencephalograms (EEGs), for recording the electrical impulses that indicate brain activity, and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), where neurons are stimulated using magnetic fields.
The researchers behind the new system have dubbed it BrainNet, and say it could eventually be used to connect many different minds together, even across the web.
But apart from opening up strange new methods of communication, BrainNet could actually teach us more about how the human brain functions on a deeper level…
The initial experiments, performed on 5 sets of 3 people each, proved to be over 80% accurate in the brain-brain-brain communication.
At the moment, it only involves a mental flash, known as a phosphene, and the process is slow, but the researchers claim that this is a huge breakthrough in the field of neuroscience
If developed further, it could be used allow for groups of people to solve difficult problems, just by mentally linking with each other.
After ready the reports, I see this as a possible future means to communicate with stroke victims and perhaps people thought to be comatose or clinically dead when they are not dead.
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