Scientists have performed an experiment in which they’ve linked a human brain with a rat brain, allowing the human to “wiggle” the rat’s tail with thoughts alone.
“Scientists wired together the brains of a sleeping mouse and an awake human. When the man focused on a flickering pattern, an ultrasound generator stimulated the part of the rodent’s brain responsible for flicking its tail.”
This new “brain-to-brain interface” between species, as rudimentary as it is right now, should point the way to more advanced (and terrifying) ways to link brains to other brains and, of course, to machines.
In fact, neuroscientist Seung-Schik Yoo has some pretty wild ideas for how this tech may be used in the future: to transmit thoughts from person to person, ultimately leading to some kind of Star Trek Borg hivemind, with “people feeling and deciding collectively.”
Oh. That sounds like fun.