How much knowledge is lost through history due to the limitations of our language? Besides the constraints imposed by objective and subjective language barriers, there are many more negative factors influencing knowledge-transfer processes. As we have all witnessed during our school days, motivation, sluggishness of the process and multiple distractions connected with young age are just a few of many obstacles standing in the way of effective knowledge transfer. But, what if we could transfer our thoughts directly through brain-to-brain communication?
These days, researchers at the University of Washington replicated their initial demonstration of brain-to-brain connection from the last year. This time six people involved in the experiment had no previous training in using this technology.
From the observer’s point of view the process looks fairly simple: one participant, hooked on EEG (electroencephalography) machine transmits signals created by his/her mental images via the internet to another participant having a transcranial magnetic coil placed over his/her head. Their objective is to transfer commands related to a computer game from the sender who is imagining the movement in his/her head ,due to inability to interact with the game, to the receiver, who is interpreting the signals and doing actual hand movements, being oblivious of what’s actually going on in the game. They were physically separated across the university campus, unable to interact in any other way, except by thoughts. The experiment proved to be fairly successful, since the accuracy of the thoughts transfer was from 25 to 83 percent.
With new funds of $1 million from W.M. Keck Foundation, scientists will be able to improve their research, and possibly achieve greater accuracy, and produce “something that is closer to a deliverable technology,” as described by Andrea Socco, assistant professor of psychology and co-author on this project . In fact their brain-to-brain interface research will be covering more complex aspects of our vision and our brainwork. Their most ambitious objective is to create an environment for direct transfer of knowledge from a teacher to a student. Finally, our children wouldn’t have to be robbed of their childhood in order to prepare themselves for corporative future. We would have time, energy and what has remained of our creativeness to greatly improve our lives.