A team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have enabled study participants to communicate from 5,000 miles away... using only their brains. The study might be the first proven, real example of telepathy.
The team used an all too common medium for their real-life telepathy: the internet. Participants first thought of simple greetings, hola or ciao, then those messages were translated into binary code and sent through the internet. The recipient scientists then took the code and re-translated it using a computer-brain interface, which then activated a transcranial magnetic stimulation to give the message to the receiving participant. The message was sent from India to France.
And like magic you have real telepathy, kind of.
The recipients did not read the message as a voice inside their heads, like telepathy is often depicted in movies. Instead, the recipients saw flashes of light in their peripheral vision. The flashes worked like a mental morse code.
So real computer-aided, light flashing telepathy is now a real thing. It might be that brain-to-brain communication would be a more telling name for the discovery.
The underlying technology that allowed the computers to pick up on the participants thoughts is called electroencephalogram (EEG). The technology has seen uses remarkable enough to rival the telepathy experiment. Doctors have been using EEG with paralysis patients, so that they can use their brains to control robotic parts. Famous astrophysicist and author Stephen Hawking has been working with Tech startup Neurovigil to perfect an EEG headset that could interpret his thoughts.
A kind of human to computer telepathy.
The technology also has huge potential for allowing patients to control robotic limbs to replace their malfunctioning body parts.
As for the buzz around this real-life telepathy, it's certainly an amazing start. Researchers had this to say in a recent press release.
"This in itself is a remarkable step in human communication, but being able to do so across a distance of thousands of miles is a critically important proof-of-principle for the development of brain-to-brain communications. We believe these experiments represent an important first step in exploring the feasibility of complementing or bypassing traditional language-based or motor-based communication."
For those people who are sick of emails, letters, messaging, social media, talking, calling, or sending carrier pigeons, the real-life telepathy is great news.
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