Synthetic Telepathy


A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a mind-machine interface (MMI), or sometimes called a direct neural interface (DNI), synthetic telepathy interface (STI) or a brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between the brain and an external device. BCIs are often directed at assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions.

Research on BCIs began in the 1970s at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) under a grant from the National Science Foundation, followed by a contract from DARPA.[1][2] The papers published after this research also mark the first appearance of the expression brain–computer interface in scientific literature.

The field of BCI research and development has since focused primarily on neuroprosthetics applications that aim at restoring damaged hearing, sight and movement. Thanks to the remarkable cortical plasticity of the brain, signals from implanted prostheses can, after adaptation, be handled by the brain like natural sensor or effector channels.[3] Following years of animal experimentation, the first neuroprosthetic devices implanted in humans appeared in the mid-1990s.









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erica-goode-2001-animal-dream-study-aas-nytIf Lab Rats Dream, They Seem to Dream of Mazes by ERICA GOODE, Published: January 24, 2001

Elephants dream of the grassy Savannah plain. Dogs, paws aquiver, tails thumping faintly in slumber, chase squirrels in the park. And cats, of course, dream of mice.

Or so humans, notoriously prone to anthropomorphic conjecture about the four-legged world, have long suspected.

Yet what animals dream about — or indeed, whether they dream at all — has remained an unanswered question, resistant to scientific scrutiny, if only because animals cannot help out by describing their closed-eye experiences in words.

Now, however, two researchers studying memory have offered compelling evidence that the brains of sleeping animals are at work in a way that is irresistibly suggestive of dreaming. And the animals in question — four pink-eared, black-and white laboratory rats — appeared to be dreaming about something very specific: The maze they were learning to run.

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