Harvard researchers have successfully created a brain-to-brain interface between humans and rats that allowed the humans to control the rat’s tail movement by manipulating specific regions in their brains through ultrasound signals. While it is incredible as a scientific breakthrough, thought control technology does enter murky ethical territory.
The Merkle reports:
Creating a brain-to-brain interface between humans and animal sound rather cruel, to say the least. Every animal has its own brain and is more than capable of making its own decisions accordingly. Researchers at Harvard University however, feel now is the time to introduce a non-invasive solution to link a human brain with that of an animal. More specifically, a rat, in this particular trial. As the human brain constructs the proper thought, he can effectively control the rat’s tail movement.
From a scientific point of view, this is a major breakthrough very few people thought possible. Creating a telepathic connection between two different brains has never been done successfully prior to this. Brain-to-brain interfaces takes many years of research and development, without any guarantee of success. In the future, such a technology may allow for telepathic links between multiple humans. That being said, such a thought is rather alarming.
Modern sensors are capable of recording thoughts and interpreting than in such a way it can be used to issue “commands.” It is somewhat easier for a computer to figure out what a human is thinking, but things are vastly more complicated when humans need to interpret a computer. Additionally, injecting new thoughts into a human brain is borderline brainwashing, a technique often explored during the World Wars and the Cold War. None of these efforts were successful, though.
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