Neurobiologists successfully bonded the brains of three people together. During the experiment, participants could exchange information. Scientists want to eventually develop a network that will connect the brains of many people.
The BrainNet system is based on electroencephalograms that record electrical impulses in the brain, and transcranial magnetic stimulation with which neurons were stimulated thanks to magnetic fields.
A team from the University of Washington at Seattle and Carnegie Mellon University say it’s the first multi-person, non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface designed for collaborative problem solving.
During the experiment, two people were connected to EEG electrodes and played a game that resembled Tetris. The participants had to decide whether the falling piece should be turned over.
To this end, they stared at one of the two flashing LEDs that were placed on either side of the screen. One of them flashed at 15 Hz and the other at 17 Hz, thanks to which they generated different signals in the participants’ brains.
These signals were recorded by electroencephalograms and then transmitted to a third person with the help of transcranial magnetic stimulation. Phantom flashes of light appeared in her mind – a phenomenon known as photism.
The third person as the “recipient” had to rotate the falling pieces in the game as flashes of light flashed through her mind, even though she could not even see the play area.
The researchers conducted such experiments with five different groups of participants and achieved an average accuracy level of 81.25%. The result was promising, so the inventors intend to continue research to develop this system.
It will certainly be years before scientists develop a brain-brain interface that allows direct communication between people and the exchange of thoughts. The BrainNet system in its current form is quite primitive, but you have to start somewhere. Scientists want to develop their interface until they can connect the brains of many people – even over the internet.
Perhaps in the very distant future all mankind will become one great thinking creature on earth.
CNN Anchor Claims Dangerous Filthy Slums in America Are ‘Vibrant Expressions of Democracy’
CNN host Fareed Zakaria aired an astonishing rant this past
weekend arguing that major US cities are filthy and dangerous because of
“democracy,” and that makes them more “vibrant.”
Zakaria was attempting to provide a counter argument to Tucker
Carlson’s recent report that Russia’s subways are nicer than America’s.
Modernity.news reports: “American cities are expressions of democracy,” Zakaria asserted, claiming they are “places where people have to negotiate differences and find ways to live together, that makes them messier and dirtier and sometimes chaotic.”
He then argued “perhaps that is what has made these cities so vibrant and innovative, and why they have been at the forefront in making America the country that leads the world in economics, technology, culture and power.”
Is rampant crime, homelessness, and drug use part of said vibrancy?
Fact check. American cities were not shit holes when the country emerged as the envy of the world.
Zakaria continued, “Carlson speaks enviously of cities like Tokyo, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and they are indeed wonderful in their own distinctive ways. But what’s striking about all of them is that they are somewhat tame and subdued. The product of authoritarian governments or conformist culture, or both. American cities are different.”
He appears to be seriously claiming that you cannot have a clean and safe city without some kind of evil dictatorship overseeing it.
Zakaria continued “Carlson put forward a bizarre hodgepodge of assertions he thought the architecture, food and service in Moscow was better than in any American city. Really? Moscow?”
“Outside of a small historic center, it is filled with drab Soviet era concrete buildings. And while the food in Moscow can be quite good…Better than New York or San Francisco? You need to get out more” Zakaria concluded.
Has he been to San Francisco lately?
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