Monday, January 27, 2014

Sending thoughts on the Internet

Courtesy of Connexions.org, Creative Commons
The Internet. An ancillary nervous system of sorts for humanity. At least in metaphor and figurative statements until recently. Now it's tripping over into a very real extension.

New Research Suggests Two Rat Brains Can Be Linked - NYTimes.com:

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Early this last year it was rat brains passing thoughts over the Internet. Motor-function impulses in which one rat was effectively transmitting a learned behavior of pressing levers, mind to mind.

Now it's human beings.

Don't Call It A Mind-Meld: Human Brains Connect Via Internet : The Two-Way : NPR:

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The humans are a little more fortunate in that they're wearing magnetic stimulators and readers outside their skulls, rather than dealing with implanted electrodes. Still, it's yet another transference of motor-function impulses - that moment of drive to do something very specific, to carry out a precise task movement.

Of course these might not necessarily be thoughts, depending on one's definition of the word. There's no semantic knowledge being imparted. Still, it's a conscious experience - simultaneously a drive and an awareness. And sharing on this level is something very new in the word.
 

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