Brain-Computer Interface Sends Thoughts Across Internet via EEG Scanners

By Gary Cutlack on at

You may soon be able to send your anonymous internet hate messages directly to the brain of your intended victim (if you can trick her into putting the required headset on first), thanks to scientists successfully testing the brain-to-brain transmission of words.

The team managed to send a message from the brain of a person in India to the brain of a person in France, using electroencephalography (EEG) scanners to encode a thought and beam it across the internet, with electrical stimulation techniques somehow implanting the word into the brain of the receiver.

The words "hola" and "ciao" were apparently recorded and transmitted -- a critical first step on the path to being able to directly tell everyone their opinions about your favourite computer game are wrong, in some distant internet-of-horrible-things future. [Plos]