Video: First successful experiment in “mind control”?
posted at 3:52 pm on August 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Perhaps. Some people like to claim that McDonalds already does this with children through Happy Meals, but at least this took place in a true scientific research environment. As ABC News reports, this could have real practical application for those who have spinal-cord injuries:
It may seem like science fiction or a nifty party trick, but two researchers say they were able to conduct a successful “mind control” experiment at the University of Washington.
They touted their work earlier this month as the first “non-invasive human-to-human brain interface,” which basically means one researcher was able to move his partner’s hand with only his mind and a lot of electrodes.
Experts believe the technology could someday help people with paralysis walk again or help people with prosthetics move their prosthetic limbs through their thoughts.
During the experiment, Rajesh Rao, a professor of computer science at the University of Washington, watched a video game and imagined moving his right hand to “fire” missiles in the game.
I think that we’ll advance faster on adult stem cells to replace amputated limbs and fix spinal-cord injuries than we will on this front, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.