March 1, 2013
Researchers at Duke University and scientists at the Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal have collaborated on a project to solve the question of telepathy and neurotechnology.
In a study published this week, Miguel Nicolelis has pioneered brain-computer interfaces and was the lead author in the experiment that combined the “biological computer” of a rat; linking to one another.
Nicolelis explained: “In theory, you could imagine that a combination of brains could provide solutions that individual brains cannot achieve by themselves. One animal might even incorporate another’s sense of self.”
One rat was identified as an “ecoder” for being the originator of the electrical brain activity (or thoughts) and a “decoder” who received no visual prompt. In a 70% success rate, the rats were able to transit information telepathically; with the encoder influencing the choices of the decoder.
Nicolelis said: “We saw that when the decoder rat committed an error, the encoder basically changed both its brain function and behavior to make it easier for its partner to get it right. The encoder improved the signal-to-noise ratio of its brain activity that represented the decision, so the signal became cleaner and easier to detect.”
Using electrodes connecting the rat’s brains, a “super brain” was created by these researchers in the quest to understand the “organic computer” we utilize every day. The incredible aspect of the experiment arrived when the rats were electrically connected from one laboratory in Brazil and the other at Duke in North Carolina. Information was transferred through the rats successfully 7 times out of 10 which led to the conclusion that the thoughts of one animal were influencing the thoughts of another – even over a great distance.
Nicolelis asserted that they “established a functional linkage between two brains. We created a superbrain that comprises two brains.”
Nicolelis has been at the forefront of biotronic engineering for amputees with robotic limbs that are controlled by the user’s thoughts. He pioneered experiments in 2008 using the brain signals of monkeys that led to the creation of robotic limbs.
Anders Sanberg, professor of ethics of neurotechnologies at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, said that Nicolelis’ work was “very important” and the implications for future applications can define whatever limitations we counter while understanding how the brain encodes information.
Sanberg said: “The main reason we are running the planet is that we are amazingly good at communicating and coordinating. Without that, although we are very smart animals, we would not dominate the planet. I don’t think there’s any risk of supersmart rats from this,” he added. “There’s a big difference between sharing sensory information and being able to plan. I’m not worried about an imminent invasion of ‘rat multiborgs’.”
The Human Connectome Project (HCP) is dedicated to “understanding the complete details of neural connectivity.” They endeavor to “construct a map of the complete structural and functional neural connections in vivo within and across individuals.” By compiling data on genetics, behavior, matter fiber pathways, and functional correlations, the HCP have refined and optimized “the spatial and functional resolution of our connectome neuroimaging” as well as acquiring “high resolution neuroimaging data” to enhance understanding of the “neuroanatomical connectedness of the human brain.”
At the Human Enhancement and the Future of Work conference, and further expanded upon in their published report, explains how science and ethics are coming into conflict as technology promises to replace the faulty human body with an eternal, mechanical replacement.
These transhumanists define human enhancement as everything that “encompasses a range of approaches that may be used to improve aspects of human function (e.g. memory, hearing, mobility). This may either be for the purpose of restoring an impaired function to previous or average levels, or to raise function to a level considered to be ‘beyond the norm’ for humans.”
In addition to genetically modifying the human genome, global Elite are obsessed with the merging man and machine, transhumanism and immortality. Basing advancements on scientific research, the 2045 Program will create “a new vision of human development that meets global challenges humanity faces today, realization of the possibility of a radical extension of human life by means of cybernetic technology, as well as the formation of a new culture associated with these technologies.”
The globalists at the 2045 Program assert that humanity “is in need of a new evolutionary strategy” consisting of a balance between the complexity of technological advances and the acceleration of informational processes to expand the “limited, primitive human” into a “highly self-organized” and technologically “higher intelligence”.
Many transhumanist groups can be found throughout the world, such as the UK Transhumanist Association who believes that scientific research must be applied to answer questions of the human condition and bring substantial benefit to society. The Oxford Transhumanists promote “radical life extension, artificial intelligence, cognitive enhancement, existential risks and mind – uploading.”
These transhumanists favor the Singularity Summit, an annual extension of the Singularity Institute wherein robotics, artificial intelligence, brain – computer interfacing and [various] emerging technologies” into genetics and regenerative medicine are examined under the perspective of transhumanism.Add This to Technorati Faves