SOUTHAMPTON – Reading minds would soon be possible, thanks to British scientists who have developed a system that creates “brain to brain communication.”
The system, developed by a team at the University of Southampton, makes it possible to send messages formed by one person’s brain signals through an internet connection to another person’s brain many miles away.
Christopher James said the experiments were “the first baby steps” towards technologies that would allow people instantly to send thoughts, words, and images directly into the minds of others, reports The Times.
“This could be useful for those people who are locked into their bodies, who can’t speak, can’t even blink,” James said.
In their study, researchers used “brain-computer interfacing”, a technique that allows computers to analyze brain signals, that enabled them to send messages through an internet connection.
According to James, during transmission two people were connected to electrodes that measure activity in specific parts of the brain.
The first person generated a series of zeros and ones, where they imagined moving their left arm for zero and right arm for one.
After the first person’s computer recognizes the binary thoughts, it sends them to the internet and then to the other person’s PC.
A lamp is then flashed at two different frequencies for one and zero.
“It’s not telepathy,” James said.
He added: “There’s no conscious thought forming in one person’s head and another conscious thought appearing in another person’s mind.
“The next experiments are to get that second person to be aware of the information that is being sent to them. For that, I need to get my thinking cap on, so to speak.”