InformationWeek's Geekend: Telepathy Is Tech's Latest Brain Game
In the latest installment of InformationWeek's Geekend, author David Wagner asks readers to think about what he's thinking about.
Sep 5, 2014
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are thinking about a number between 1 and 10, and you guessed 7, you're right -- at least we think you are.
Telepathy is a concept that has had a really good run in the realm of science fiction, but when it comes to a practical application, let's just say that real science is still a few years away. However, author David Wagner sees some promise ahead, at least he thinks there is.
In his latest Geekend series for Information Week, Wagner looks at a recent study that showed how researchers used EEG and image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation to send thoughts half way around the world using some sophisticated computer equipment. Despite the SciFi premise, the experiment actually proved pretty accurate although we'd caution anyone not to give up Skype just yet.
What Wagner also finds is that we're moving closer to making telepathy more of a reality through more and more sophisticated use of technology. The end game is to produce a TOIP or telepathy over Internet protocol that will allow us to share thoughts or control a device with our minds.
Each week, Wagner takes an often humorous look at a variety of scientific studies about the convergence of technology and human behavior to see how we're changing our world, and how the world we built is changing us. This week, Wagner asks you to think about what he's thinking. Check it out here.
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