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It’s fascinating. It’s potentially game-changing. It’s also mildly terrifying in its implications.

Researchers at CMU and the University of Washington are collaborating on tech that allows information to be shared from one person’s brain directly to another’s through noninvasive magnetic brain stimulation.

In the latest round of research covered in a recent Salon story, two different people were able to send thoughts to the brain of a third person, helping them play a Tetris-like game without looking at it.

“Scientists at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University created a brain-to-brain interface system that allows one or more people, called ‘Senders,’ to influence the decisions of an individual, called a ‘Receiver,’ with the goal of helping the Receiver play a Tetris-like game that only the Senders can see,” Salon’s coverage explains. “Although preliminary, with the influence of Senders used to help a Receiver win an unseen game of Tetris, this development makes it clear that a future in which our brains are part of an interconnected social system may be closer than we think.”


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