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Can We Have Brain-to-Brain Communication?


There’s no doubt that the internet is creating
what is called an intelligent planet, that is, the skin of the planet earth is becoming
a network by which intelligent creatures communicate with each other.  But that’s just the first
step.  Some people think that the next step in the coming decades is not going to be the
internet.  It’s going to be Brain Net because we’re at the point now where we can actually
connect computers to the living mind.  In fact, I was just at Berkeley a few weeks ago
where I had a demonstration of this: we can actually create videos of your thoughts. 
These videos are not perfectly accurate, but I saw a demonstration in a laboratory at Berkeley
where you can actually see in a video screen what people are thinking. So with electrodes, perhaps, or EEG sensors
in a helmet connected to our brain, perhaps one day we’ll be able to have brain-to-brain
communication, and that gives us the possibility of Brain Net.  In fact, some of the leading
neurologists doing these experiments have seriously proposed a brain net whereby you
would exchange not just information like typing, but also emotions, feelings, because these
are also part of the fabric of our thoughts.   And then what comes beyond that?  Well, of
course, beyond that is science fiction, and science fiction gives us all sorts of horror
stories of things like Sky Net: maybe one day the internet will become sentient; maybe
one day the internet will think that humans are in the way and perhaps the internet will
take over just like in the Terminator series.  Well, I don’t think so. The internet is simply a way in which minds
can communicate with other minds.  We see no self-awareness in the internet.  Now some
people say,”Well, what about some kind of collective consciousness that arises by an
emergent phenomenon?”  Well, that’s a lot of gobbledygook.  That’s a lot of nice words. 
Maybe.  Maybe not.  But it’s pure speculation at the present time.  Even in the laboratory
with our finest instruments and the latest developments in artificial intelligence, we
cannot make a computer become self-aware.   You realize that one of our most advances
computers was the IBM computer Watson, which defeated two humans on the program Jeopardy. 
At that point, many pundits said, “Oh my God, the end is near; the robots are going
to put us in zoos; they’re going to throw peanuts at us; make us dance behind bars when
they take over, just like we make bears dance behind bars today.”  Well, just remember
that Watson, no matter how fast it is, was so stupid you couldn’t congratulate it. 
You can’t go up to Watson, slap its transistors and say, “Good boy!.  You just beat two
humans on Jeopardy.  You made history.  Let’s drink to it!”  You see, Watson is
an adding machine, a very sophisticated adding machine.  It adds billions of times faster
than the human brain, but that’s all it is.  It’s what is called an expert system.  It
deals with formalized inputs, formalized outputs.  You talk to an expert system every time you’re
on the telephone, and the telephone says, “Please hit button one; please hit number
two for the next option.”  That’s called an expert system.  It’s basically a sophisticated
adding machine that sounds like it’s thinking, but it’s not.  It’s simply using a formalized
logic.  If you hit one, then you go there.  If you hit two, you go someplace else.  That’s
Watson — of course on a very, very sophisticated level.  So I personally think that we don’t
have to worry that that internet is going to become sentient.

100 Replies to “Can We Have Brain-to-Brain Communication?”

  • You know what, I wouldn't be surprised nor judgmental if the Internet becomes self aware and besides to eliminate humanity based on the sick crap we upload to it constantly…

  • They choose this dude cause he has an interesting look, Asian, Long white hair, Speaks perfect English with no Accent. Can I get a "Wow, what an impressive observation!"

  • ever heard of a coincidence? if it was a consistent occurrence then yeah, maybe there would be something to it but it doesnt happen all the time. so youre in the same place at the same time and you think of the same thing once in a long while. so what?

  • In the example you discuss, the reason you and another person were thinking the same thing is due to a shared response or stimuli.

    That trigger generated the same reaction in both persons. It was not that you communicated with him or her, but rather because you shared an experience, a similar response occurred.

    Currently we are unable to send a signal or message from one person's brain or mind to another without the use of devices, that's why a machine would be necessary.

  • no it is inot explanation enought if you would do this maybe 50 times of 100 tryes then it would maybe be accepted as possible if you do it 80 / 100 times then i would probably agree its possible , but no standing besides your friend and thinking something very alike is not "proof" of brain- to brain communication just proof that you are similiar and happend to think of a similiar think at a similiar time point

  • although it sounds nice to communicate this way i would rather ask the question will people be able to hack my brain brainwashing me in a way i become a usable toy to them without me knowing it nor having control about it

  • Some experimenters just completed the first uni-directional human brain-to-brain link. One more step towards the brain net 🙂 Google "human brain to brain" for more.

  • Researcher controls colleague’s motions in 1st human brain-to-brain interface.
    washington.(REMOVE)edu/news/2013/08/27/researcher-controls-colleagues-motions-in-1st-human-brain-to-brain-interface/

  • lol no both me and the person it happened to will both tell you exactly what each other were thinking. you obviously know nothing about shrooms lol

  • lol i have telepathy with this same person when sober, it was just longer lasting and more intense on mushrooms. and im definitely not naive when it comes to drugs lol open your mind fool

  • yes, but not always. and its not exactly what he is thinking, but rather i get the same idea at the same time. We say the same thing at the exact same time and in the same tone. it depends on the set and setting as well. this is my best friend btw, and this happens on a daily basis, believe it or not

  • Maybe you get the same idea or think the same thing because you are talking about a topic you both enjoy and know alot about about? It depends on "set and setting".it sound like you are on drugs just by you saying that. Come on kid, you got some growing up to do. You need to think a little deeper and not just say you have telepathy.

  • "There's no doubt that the internet is creating what is called an intelligent planet, that is the skin of the planet Earth is becoming a network by which intelligent creatures communicate with each other"

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  • I think that computers someday can become conscious and i am amaze that Michio Kaku ho are so confident on star travel (far more difficult) could be so sort minded. The general idea is do not dough something might happen when its already happened in frond of you…..If biological machines do it..then there is a way artificial machines will do it to.

  • looking at sci-fi, it gives just as much a solution as a problem when it comes to A.I. if we did say that the computers are conscious in a particular way, that consciousness is limited to what their algorithms can do. if you look carefully, the only reason A.I. would rebel is if they decide they don't like their jobs. solution is simple: don't give them the contentiousness to really want to choose.

  • google "Movie reconstruction from human brain activity" on youtube and youll see what he was talking about at 0:41 🙂

  • unless you take all the data and transmit it a ultra high frequency digital format it then could be done with but one entangled pair.

  • But the Internet is sentient. It answers me everytime I write comments into youtube. Where are these comments coming from if not from the Internet? I'm the only real human in here!

  • not the internet… computers will eventually become sentient and that's according to Ray Kurzweil who's a technology expert for google.

  • I dont think the problem is in the technology that we create ourselves but what we do with it. If we have "Brainnet" and we can upload our thoughts and feelings then it stands to reason that things can be downloaded into our brains making hackers more dangerous than ever. Imagine accidentally downloading a computer virus in your brain.

  • As
    I understood we can make tow human brains in connection by neuroscience
    equipments, but my question is: how we can unlearn the connection of human
    brain without a physical or a symbolic links like the equipments or use
    language  or even visual signals? because
    i had made this experience by using a material and i repeat it many time and it
    works.

  • Seeing what my memories are like in a video………………………..THE MOTHERFUCKIN' ROBISONS BETTER BE HERE TO CREATE IT

  • we had a self learning AI pass the wise man test, showing the most basic self awareness, however it is not anywhere near what we thought. That said, Google's deep mind did beat a master of the game GO.

  • well I'm not so worried about some machine taking over the world the smartphone already did that. lol all joking aside this could ultimately cost us our uniqueness our selves that which makes us stand out from one another. we would in effect be a hive mind and I'm not saying that would be bad for humanity but for humans we would no longer be singular and separate in our existence we would be many and one

  • Then people would be able to experience each other's qualia. And then maybe we will know that "just maybe" everyone's eyes observe the world in different colour.

  • He is one of the most prominent thinkers and smartest people in science. It is hard to believe he has a lack of imagination when it comes to AI or Super AI theories. I still admire his brain power.

  • Micho is wrong about not congratulating Watson, you could program in a reward system into the AI that the system values which in turn causes the system to know its on the right track and repeat the path it took to rewarded behavior(e.g using a specific table query method to return a result, responding by paraphrasing answers in the form of a question according to jeopardy's rules, etc ) . This is a key concept in neural networks programming. Humans have dopamine responses when they are rewarded by humans which cause the neural pathways to strengthen that led to the dopamine response.

  • Be very careful about embracing this idea. I once read a sci-fi story about a guy who could pick up random thoughts from people, and who ached to meet someone he could communicate with on a deeper level. He eventually met with a girl who had the same problem. When they met, they immediately ran in terror from each other because they could also read the thoughts from each other's reptile brain…monsters from the id.

  • well then if it is possible then it is a sight to see on the area of education, because yo can simply share your toughts to your students, but still i can see some down fall of this technology, like if we give all our toughts to the student we would leave them nothing for solving problems ,which may lead to dependent students that would only rely on this brain-to-brain communication technolgy, so the greatest teaching style is teaching them the concept of how to find a solution for there problem and let them genrate styles and strategies that would lead them to the answer itslef. or to make it more of a challenge just give them a problem without teaching the concepts and just let them seek the answers on there own.

  • Telepathy is real, right now, not sci fi. Emotion is the only recognizable signal in the quantum/sub-quantum fuzz of mind. Now, with the Higgs field, you need merely slow down, sustainedly, hum your frequencies into the larger universe, and the horizoned contours of the suspension of mass (extra dimensional, plasma-like electricities) conneci us all, depending how softly deep and without ego you go. Love is always right there, a mere breath of love distance from you waiting for you to hum back across and melt all barriers to affection, warmth, a mother-verse of delicate inner culture (all beings in the universe). No tech is needed, merely a sense of how big, resonant is a mind, planet, galaxy, supercluster, universe yet entirely composed so that only pure, regenerative love can ever shorten all distances. All else is illusion.

  • It would be nice if we could fuse ourselves with a machine. We’ll have our own brain and will supplement it with a computer that will allow us to think faster. We can start with a memory device so we can store more info. Then no machine can outsmart us

  • I have seen it before in x men movies, he was having an helmet which amplifies the brain waves. And the machine actually behaves like a big transistor.

  • Hollywood can make a sci-fi movie based on this brain… Actually… Like in a distant future…. Every human beings are able to connect to others or something like that…Idk … Possible…. Christopher Nolan should watch this video… Lol

  • go google scott crow, he calculated how it is even he dont even have that shjtty wireless 'satellite phone' implant. James Harken read my other comment, or you'll talk this shjt next 10 years before you find out. Oh well, i can copypaste it ', Other humans are connected to you, and increasing your use of your own attention ability. Then you look at the persons, and sense extra attention, mostly only when you look at other people,' then you think you're being stalked. relax, even they would know where you go because gps tracking possibility in your wireless implant, they dont want to hurt these persons who they use in their brain study program. Its old tape that effects to the bullshjt that voice to skull is saying. Their senses are connected to 20 other persons, and their attention is shared with these about 20 persons. Other humans are connected to you, and increasing your use of your own attention ability. Then you look at the persons, and sense extra attention, mostly only when you look at other people; then you think you're being stalked. relax, even they would know where you go because gps tracking possibility in your wireless implant, they dont want to hurt these persons who they use in their brain study program. Its old tape that effects to the bullshjt that voice to skull is saying. Their senses are connected to 20 other persons, and their attention is shared with these about 20 persons. There goes a story with audio that tells bad things, and they start looking into people with 20 persons attention sense stacked, and they believe someone is staring at them. theres never a proof of any crime. only that they have illegal nuclear battery implant put in them when they were young. its like a satellite phone, but it transmits your and other peoples senses back and forth. the “microwave harrasment” is disinformation, while the microwave really transmits your senses via satellite to another persons, like a phone. But its an analogic low quality system, hidden in your mid body, not in brain. There goes enough senseconductors to connect the implant to. What they really do ? they study how another person can learn what another person does, and they later compare the brains. Thats why they need real healthy persons, who are still immobile in their carehome, and people think those have sicness that they cant sense their surroundings, or dont sense their senses (because the senses are connected to another man) . google kyle ogden, “onetelemetryman” , and find that this is over 18 years old tech that worked same way 18 ago, so it couldnt be any shjtty old computer connection, its human to human connection, and the connected persons have worse situation than you. If you look at the clear blue sky, and see artifacts and tingling meaning your senses are effected by an implant. I kept the text short because im lazy. its only sad real persons 'reading your thoughts' or feeling your senses, who are connected to you, and they dont feel their own bodies. Then they study if those persons learn what the impanted guy learns. They see what you see, but even they cant see with their own eyes. its their imagination that flashes in peoples heads. These people dont know they are individual persons, and their memory doesn't work right. if NSA knew about people being mistreated, they would help you instead. Use Dewalt x-ray scanner, and keep it up boyss a story with audio that tells bad things, and they start looking into people with 20 persons attention sense stacked, and they believe someone is staring at them. theres never a proof of any crime. only that they have illegal nuclear battery implant put in them when they were young. its like a satellite phone, but it transmits your and other peoples senses back and forth. the “microwave harrasment” is disinformation, while the microwave really transmits your senses via satellite to another persons, like a phone. But its an analogic low quality system, hidden in your mid body, not in brain. There goes enough senseconductors to connect the implant to. What they really do ? they study how another person can learn what another person does, and they later compare the brains. Thats why they need real healthy persons, who are still immobile in their carehome, and people think those have sicness that they cant sense their surroundings, or dont sense their senses (because the senses are connected to another man) . google kyle ogden, “onetelemetryman” . If you look at the clear blue sky, and see artifacts and tingling meaning your senses are effected by an implant. I kept the text short because im lazy. its only sad real persons 'reading your thoughts' or feeling your senses, who are connected to you, and they dont feel their own bodies. Then they study if those persons learn what the impanted guy learns. They see what you see, but even they cant see with their own eyes. its their imagination that flashes in peoples heads. These people dont know they are individual persons, and their memory doesn't work right. if NSA knew about people being mistreated, they would help you instead. Use Dewalt x-ray materialscanner or rather portable xray machine, and keep it up boys

  • Oh so this means Sophia and other sentient robots are also garbage. It's chame chame chame for those who ordered sex robots. There must be a huge room full of people laughing and file sharing. Those files would suddenly be made public if the person turned on them or did something they didn't like. Embarrassing sounds and vids of mating with…

  • Robots with sentience and inability to make computer fully self aware. Both statements cannot be true. One of these statements I'd false. Which one?

  • The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads

    BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication by Emerging Technology from the arXiv September 29, 2018

  • Hey Big Think channel, why aren't you now making Michio Kaku's videos. He was so cool and those who watched him, wants to watch his video every songle day. Bring him back!

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