Kind of scary.
An international study published on the open access journal PLOS ONE provides the first demonstration of conscious brain-to-brain communication in humans. Researchers have achieved internet-mediated direct communication between the minds of two people separated by 7,800 kilometres by using non-invasive technologies.
The study is co-led by Carles Grau, researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychobiology at the University of Barcelona (UB) and science consultant at the company Starlab, and Giulio Ruffini, from Barcelona’s companies Starlab and Neuroelectrics. Researchers from Harvard University (Dr Pascual-Leone) and the French company Axylum Robotics have also participated in the research.
The milestone took place on 28 March when the word hola was transmitted from Thiruvananthapuram (India), where the emitter was, to the brain of the receiver, who was in Strasbourg. The word was translated into binary, a code composed by numbers 1 and 0. A total of 140 bits were encoded and send via Internet by means of pioneering technologies.