By making use of neuroscientific techniques and devices, some researchers have demonstrated the possible existence of Internet telepathy – the transmission of one’s thoughts online. The one-word thoughts of a person who was located in India, and, another one in Spain, were ‘sent’ to three others who were in France. The recipients of the thoughts successfully ‘received’ the words the senders thought of.
The paper was published in the PLOS ONE journal.
Internet telepathy – Fact or myth?
Many might believe that telepathy exists while yet others might dismiss it as a myth. Do thoughts travel in the air? What if they were to travel via the Internet? Can we transmit thoughts online? This is what authors of a scientific paper published in online journal PLOS ONE set out to determine.
When neuroscientists meet engineers…
A group of neuroscientists and robotics engineers put their minds together to try out some kind of Internet telepathy – propelling thoughts of one person to another one online. Basically, they had one person from India thinking of one single word and ‘transmitting’ this to three others who were located in France. The means through which this travelled was an Internet-linked electroencephalogram (EEG) device. Another experiment of similar nature involved people from Spain and France. The results were positive enough, with the recipients of the one-word thoughts successfully decoding them. So, Internet telepathy does exist?
Monitoring brain signals
Other sophisticated technological devices and technology that were part of the experiment entailed brain-computer interactions (BCI), and the computer-brain interface (CBI). BCI involves electrodes attached to the scalp to keep an eye on certain electric currents passing through the brain. In this way, particular brain signals are monitored. These signals prompt specific outputs: for instance, how a person is allowed to do a certain action when he thinks of it. Relating the use of the electrodes to the experiment, the person thinks of the particular words, which are then translated into binary code, which is then converted back to the thoughts at the receivers’ end; the reversal process is done via the CBI.
The word-thoughts that were made to be transmitted were “hola” and “ciao”.
The binary code versions of these two words were delivered to the brain through the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) technology which is also connected to the scalp.
What happens when the recipients receive the word-thoughts?
The words are not ‘heard’ in their heads as thoughts themselves. Rather, the thoughts are read as flashing phosphenes consisting of code-like sequences. The binary code was itself delivered by email.
So, the thoughts were ‘transmitted’ by using neuro-technologies, without using written or spoken words.