Unravelling secrets of the mind

Published: 15th October 2012 08:33 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2012 08:33 AM   |  A+A-

Communications through power of thought could soon become a reality as global scientists are trying to unravel the secrets of how the human grey matter works.

During the Wheatstone Lecture organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology here on Friday, Warwick University Professor Christopher J James said that brain-to-brain communication could be a reality soon.

Talking about his research, the British University professor said the technique Brain Computing Interfacing (BCI)will capture brain signals and translate them into commands that will allow humans to control devices using their thoughts.

Interestingly, the experiments that were conducted on his son and daughter using BCI were shown, but the scientist said that it was conducted just to prove that it is possible to communicate thoughts.

BCI can be used for capturing brain signals and translating them into commands that allow humans to control (just by thinking) devices such as computers, robots, rehabilitation technology and virtual reality environments, he said.

 While BCI is no longer a new thing and person-to-person communication via the nervous system has been shown in the past, this is the first time we are starting to see true brain-to-brain interfacing being demonstrated, he said.

The full implications of this are yet to be understood, but there are some scenarios where brain-to-brain communication could be of huge benefit such as intelligence and gaming.

But then the technology is at a nascent stage. And the biggest challenges are how scientists are going to make it a reality; is it possible to have a electrode implanted in the brain and is it ethical to have such technology and is it possible to use such technology.

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