Device lets humans control rat's movements with their brains


SLM
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Device lets humans control rat's movements with their brains
By QMI Agency

This week in terrifying scientific breakthroughs, researchers at Harvard have created a brain-to-brain interface (external - login to view) that allows humans to make a rat move involuntarily with the power of their thoughts.
The device, which comes weeks after neuroscientists in Brazil unveiled an device that linked one rat's brain to another's, could be the first step in creating technology to remotely control another person's limbs with your mind.
Seung-Schik Yoo and his colleagues anaesthetized a rat and hooked it up to a device that focuses ultrasound to its motor cortex. Human subjects wore electroencephalograph headgear, which collects signals and transmits them to the rat via a computer interface.
When the people focused on moving the rat's tail, it moved.
The scientists hope to develop technology that could link two human brains.
Called "neural coupling," they say it could be used to help with physiotherapy and "may have a positive impact on human social behaviour."






A researcher holds a rat with sensors attached to its brain in this file photo. (REUTERS FILES/Aly Song)


http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/2013/04/04/20711386.html


WTF? Ok, so someone with a logical scientific mind (Tonnington I'm looking in your direction) is going to have to explain to me what could possibly be the beneficial end result of something like this. Especially the "positive impact on human social behaviour" part.



 
Spade
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A prosthetic arm or leg could be filled with rats...
 
petros
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They have a device that controls human brains.

It's called TV.
 
Spade
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Reverse engineering?
 
Goober
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Possible that if you were paralyzed you could interface with a computer to send the signal to move your leg, arm or more.
 
Spade
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Possible that if you were paralyzed you could interface with a computer to send the signal to move your leg, arm or more.


Are you suggesting we unemploy the rats?
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Are you suggesting we unemploy the rats?

From what I understand they are extinct in AB. The 4 legged kind that is.
 
petros
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Malarky.
 
Spade
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That is the myth. All the ones they find in Alberta are said to have hitchhiked on trains or tractor trailers. Just passing through...
What if Saskatchewanians were to use mind control to flood the province with a plague of rats? It could mean war.
 
petros
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The no rat myth is a way to weasel out of crop insurance.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

That is the myth. All the ones they find in Alberta are said to have hitchhiked on trains or tractor trailers. Just passing through...
What if Saskatchewanians were to use mind control to flood the province with a plague of rats? It could mean war.

So they are smart enough to hitchhike.
 
Spade
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And Albertans are dumb enough to offer rides.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

And Albertans are dumb enough to offer rides.

Shortage of hamsters and gerbils?
 
Spade
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No, hungry rattlers.
 
Cliffy
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Surprised no one clued into the obvious: Vulcan mind meld!
 
petros
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Bones to Spock: "Have you lost your Vulcan mind?"


Best Star Trek line ever.
 
Goober
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Shortage of hamsters and gerbils?

Shortage of sex toys in Sask. Really.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

Shortage of sex toys in Sask. Really.

In SK a Tonka is a sex toy. Built to take it in and out of the sandbox.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

In SK a Tonka is a sex toy. Built to take it in and out of the sandbox.

Sex in the sandbox is not recommended. Sand goes in some weird places.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Sex in the sandbox is not recommended. Sand goes in some weird places.

It ain't the places that are weird, it's sand in um that's weird.
 
Mowich
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Honestly, I can think of a million other places I would much rather be than in the mind of a rat.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Honestly, I can think of a million other places I would much rather be than in the mind of a rat.


What? You don't like lawyers and politicians?

I can see how this might be useful for some.

 
#juan
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Honestly, I can think of a million other places I would much rather be than in the mind of a rat.



I'm sure there is nothing to the story that nuerological scientists in this group were crawling around the floor
squeaking.

 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Sex in the sandbox is not recommended. Sand goes in some weird places.

Do you know why women don't drink beer at the beach? They get sand in their Schlitz.
 
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