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Smithsonian: “Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkable”

may2015_l01_mindtomind_copy.jpg__800x600_q85_cropSmithsonian magazine features the work of UW CSE’s Rajesh Rao and the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering:

“Telepathy, circa 23rd century: The Vulcan mind meld, accomplished by touching the temples with the fingertips, is an accepted technique for advancing the plot of a ‘Star Trek’ episode with a minimum of dialogue, by sharing sensory impressions, memories and thoughts between nonhuman characters.

“Telepathy, 2015: At the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering of the University of Washington, a young woman dons an electroencephalogram cap, studded with electrodes that can read the minute fluctuations of voltage across her brain. She is playing a game, answering questions by turning her gaze to one of two strobe lights labeled ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ …

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