No, not my sage philosophy about the world wide web. This article is about doing away with all that cumbersome talking and typing and getting down to some real brain-to-brain communication.

Using a simple wireless, internet-linked electroencephalogram (a non-invasive brain-computer interface, I’m sure I’ve got one in the cupboard with the spare light bulbs) in India, scientists at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center managed to transmit the words ‘hola’ and ‘ciao’ over the internet to a non-invasive computer-brain interface being worn by someone 5000 miles away in France.

Not quite as straightforward as the claims of old fashioned ESP, the receiving individual needed to be trained to decode the flashing lights in his peripheral vision so he could understand the message. A rudimentary proof of principle at this point and the result of 10 years investigation of the subject but a significant step towards sharing our dreams perhaps.

For the moment though, you’ll probably have to keep patiently bashing away at the keyboard and speaking to far away people on the phone. TwistedPair might be able to make those archaic practices easier for you, with a clever combination of our multiple related skill sets, if you’d like but you’ll need to do more than think it. Unless I can find that gadget in the bulb cupboard.

Credit: Grau C, Ginhoux R, Riera A, Nguyen TL, Chauvat H, et al. (2014) Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies.

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