On August 27th, the University of Washington reported that they have performed what they believe to be the first, ever, “noninvasive” human-to-human brain interface, which allowed one person to send an electrical signal over the internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.
This is some Voodoo Doll crap, let me tell you.
Per the UW’s article: “Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco’s finger to move on a keyboard.”
“The Internet was a way to connect computers, and now it can be a way to connect brains,” Stocco said. “We want to take the knowledge of a brain and transmit it directly from brain to brain.”
More from the article on how it works: “Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. When he was supposed to fire a cannon at a target, he imagined moving his right hand (being careful not to actually move his hand), causing a cursor to hit the “fire” button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco, who wore noise-canceling earbuds and wasn’t looking at a computer screen, involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. Stocco compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of a nervous tic.”
Currently, the technology does not allow anyone to control your brain without your consent, and it is limited to two people – the Mind Controller and the … Slave? Victim? Submissive?
Here’s the thing: In Voudon practices, the bokor is responsible for bringing a person back from the death with magic to create a zombie slave who will perform physical labor for them. While most of us imagine hordes of zombies when we think about the Big Z now, that’s not necessarily the case. And just because the technology does not allow for nonconsensual mind control at the moment, does not mean that someone won’t try to hack it at the first opportunity (I’m looking at you, Anonymous, and your hacking into webcams in children’s rooms).
Bokors control, on a basic level, the actions of their zombie companions. This technology allows a person to invade another person’s mind and control their physical actions. A simple program could “store” pre-thought actions and broadcast them to multiple people, thus creating a horde of tech zombies.
Not that we’re not tech zombies already.
My point is, technology is so ubiquitous, and getting so much more personal (Google Glass, for example) that it doesn’t take a wild stretch of the imagination to foresee that level of mind control in the future.
Suddenly, your crazy uncle that lives in the woods and refuses to even use a telephone or trust the postman doesn’t seem so nuts, right?