09 November 2014

X-MEN: Professor Xavier's Mind Control Power Is Now Real

Do you even wish to control another human body by using your own mind? X-Men's Professor X can do it with his own mind control abilities, but did you know that scientists can control body with another mind in real life too?

In a Telegraph post, researchers successfully achieved the mind control technique by using electromagnets and computers to transmit one's brainwaves to control another body different place miles away.

The technology used recorded brain signals from a gamer and then transmitted them into the brain of another person which triggered the nerves controlling the hand muscles of the volunteer.
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The gamer, however, can control the body with no physical computer controls while playing a game.
You might wonder that this kind of ability had the similar power with that of X-MEN's Professor Xavier.

The researchers believe that in this kind of technique, it will lead to a solution on those stroke patients and those suffered from brain damage.

Furthermore, it can remotely transmit information to allow someone to perform different operations on their behalf miles away.

Led Computer Scientist and Engineer, Dr. Rajesh Rao, at the University of Washington, stated that the experiment's result shows that one brain can be transmitted to another brain which ultimately be like direct brain-to-brain interface.

A study conducted by Public Library of Science One published a journal that three players had to fire a canon when a pirate ship came in.

One volunteer saw what happened in the scree, the other one could not see the screen but here is the catch, their hand placed over the keypad needed to fire the canon.
The gamer who could see the screen was fitted with an electroencephalograph(EEG) to record electrical signal provided by the brain.

That signal too was being transmitted into the brain to another gamer through its TRANSCRANIAL MAGNITEC STIMULATION (TMS) that generates an electronic pulse which triggers the neurons in their brain.

The researchers further study the said technology which needs a little training on those volunteers. It is also shown that it is possible to trigger movement on receiving person's hand less than 650 milliseconds after the source gave a command to fire.
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Accuracy varied between the pairs with one managing efficiency hit by 83 percent of the pirate ships. The 13 percent misses were due to the sender thoughts failed to execute the thought needed to fire command.

With that, old brain and computer communication devices required numbers of training hour to be successful.

The good news is that scientists already enabled paralyzed patients to control its robotic arms. However, Dr. Rao and his team believe that their technology can be used by people who do not require implants.

In a similar manner, scientists in Spain and France already show that they could send words to someone else in a similar setup.

Dr. Rao and his team have now been given a $1 million grant from the WM Keck Foundation to transmit more complex brain processes.

Dr. Andrea Stocco, a psychologist at the University of Washington who was also involved in the study, said:
"We have envisioned many scenarios in which brain-to-brain technology could be useful.A skilled surgeon could remotely control an inexperienced assistant's hands to perform medical procedures even it not on the site, or a skilled pilot could remotely help a less experienced one control a plane during a difficult situation. It could help with neuro-rehabilitation. After brain damage, patients need to painfully and slowly re-learn simple motor actions, such as walking, grasping, or swallowing.We suspect that the re-learning phase could be greatly sped-up if we could provide the damaged brain with a "motor template", copied from a healthy person, or the healthy part of the patient's brain, of what the intended action should look like. It could also help with tutoring. Imagine that we could extract the teacher's richer representation of a difficult concept and deliver it to his or her students in terms of neural activity."


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