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How Mind-Control Applications Might Shape Our Future

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It is almost impossible to predict how one scientific discovery or invention could alter the future of the entire planet.

Did Alexander Graham Bell ever think the majority of the world’s population would carry a phone around with them?

Did Henry Ford ever stop to think that mass adoption of the automobile would have consequences on the environment?

It’s hard to say if either of these ideas ever crossed the minds of the two innovators. Nevertheless, there have been many inventions that have definitely altered the future of the human race.

Recently, scientists announced that they have made just such a discovery: a remote human-to-human brain interface.

Brain-to-Brain Interface Experiments

University of Washington researchers announced on August 27, 2013 that they performed the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface.

Interestingly enough, the two achieved this interface via the Internet. Rajesh Rao, one of the University of Washington researchers was able to send a brain signal through the Internet to Andrea Stocco, another University researcher, who was located on the other side of the university campus.

The signal sent from Rao caused Stocco’s finger to move involuntarily to press a key on a keyboard. Andrea Stocco said,
“The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains. We want to take the knowledge from a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.” (1)

Even though this could be the first human-to-human brain interface, this experiment is not the first instance of mind control. Earlier this year, researchers at Harvard published their own experiment involving brain-to-brain interfaces; however, this experiment involved a human and a rat.

In this experiment, with his mind, the human controlled an ultrasound device placed directly over a rat’s head. Just by thinking, the researchers were able to make the rat move its tail involuntarily. According to the published study, “Our results demonstrate the feasibility of computer-mediated interfacing of the neural signals between human and animal to generate simple motor responses.” (2)

brain-to-brain diagram

Where Might this Research Take Us?

Though these are only the initial steps into this research, it is easy to try to speculate what this could mean for the overall future of mankind. Keep in mind, the phone and the car were once in their initial stages, as well, and look where they are today.

Of course, we can speculate over the greater good of such discoveries. As a writer, it does seem nice to think that instead of typing my work out, saving it as a file, and then e-mailing it to the editor, I could just simply beam it over via a brain-to-brain interface.

More importantly, it could lead to the use of more integrated prosthetics. Maybe even as far as creating an artificial ESP to communicate with comatose patients.

Unfortunately, as promising as this research may be, there is a dark side to every discovery.

We humans have a knack for taking some of the greatest inventions ever created and turning them into weapons (i.e. nuclear energy).

Currently, researchers can beam a signal to another researcher’s brain causing him to involuntarily click a keyboard. Who’s to say that in a decade that some clandestine government agency will not bastardized this technology so that when the signal is received, the receiver is not involuntarily pushing a key on a keyboard, but is pulling a trigger on a weapon aimed at whomever they deemed a threat.

Or even worse, transmitting a signal to a target, and forcing the target to commit suicide against his will. Sounds like science fiction, but so does wagging a rat’s tail or controlling someone else’s finger.

These ideas are not to imply that this research should not take place. The recent discoveries made by the researchers at the University of Washington and Harvard are incredible and have incredible implications for the future of mankind.

However, it is always a good idea to think about if the human race is ready for such discoveries. Because it really is not the discovery that changes our future for better or worse, but rather what we as people do with that discovery.

References & Image Credits:
(1) University of Washington
(3) University of Washington
(4) University of Washington

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